Brandon Scott

Brandon Scott has over 20 years of experience in intelligence, strategic communications and security operations. Scott is a combat veteran decorated for valor. He studied international relations at the American University in Washington, D.C., and has worked with the US Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State for operations in Asia, Europe, North America, Central Asia and the Middle East. Scott is the founder and editor-in-chief of 361 Security LLC.

Leaving Afghan Allies Behind Is a Threat to US Security

September 21, 2021

The grave humanitarian situation in Afghanistan is one thing. It speaks for itself. What is not spoken about are the implications it carries for Americans. The one element that is crucially being (publicly) ignored by the US government and the US media is that former employees and contractors of the...

How America Won the War in Afghanistan

September 15, 2021

The Second World War ruined our concept of conflict. It led us to believe that conflicts are wars, and wars consist of two sides fighting, with a singular monolithic outcome that one side wins. Everyone comes home. There is a parade. A sailor kisses a woman. Boom. War won. This...

How Piracy Saved Somalia

March 20, 2016

Somali piracy has had unintended positive consequences—from the economy to international cooperation. In 2009, piracy off the coast of Somalia splashed onto the global stage at near epidemic levels. The impact of Somali piracy affected the entire international community as shipping expenses soared. The wave of piracy attacks, however, was...

The Myths of Foreign Affairs School (Part 2/2)

June 15, 2013

Brandon Scott compares the professions IR students imagine working in, with the real world of actual IR professions. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. 6: You will be Living in Paris in a Swank Apartment

The War in Iraq Was Won

March 20, 2013

Brandon Scott, who served on a Tactical Human Intelligence Team in Iraq from 2004 to 2005, argues that despite the storm of sectarianism and violence,  the Iraq War should be perceived as a success. The 10th Anniversary of the Iraq War was marked this week with the usual commentary of...