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Captain Michael Brasseur

Captain Captain Michael Brasseur

Director, Maritime Unmanned Systems Innovation & Coordination Cell, NATO

A native of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, Captain Michael D. Brasseur graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1997 with degrees in Chemistry and Secondary Education. He was commissioned through the Naval R.O.T.C. program in May of 1997.

CAPT Brasseur is the Director, Naval Armaments Cooperation for the U.S. Mission to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the first Director of NATO’s “Start-up” the Maritime Unmanned Systems Innovation & Coordination Cell (MUSIC2).  MUSIC2 is the key integrator and accelerator for the NATO MUS Initiative which aims combine the substantial economies of scale offered by the most powerful global military alliance with the agility, ingenuity, and mindset of a start-up company to ultimately enhance the Alliance’s capabilities through manned/unmanned teaming.

Prior to joining the US Mission to NATO, CAPT Brasseur was the Director for Tactics and Doctrine Development at the Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center, Sea Combat Division in San Diego, CA.

CAPT Brasseur’s sea tours include USS DEYO (DD 989), where he served as Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer, deploying to the Mediterranean in support of NATO’s Standing Naval Forces Mediterranean. Onboard USS SHAMAL (PC 13), he served as Weapons and Executive Officer, deploying to the Arabian Gulf in support of Naval Special Warfare UNIT THREE. He served as Operations Officer onboard USS SAMUEL B ROBERTS (FFG 58) deploying to Central and South America in support of UNITAS. As a Lieutenant, he Commanded USS WHIRLWIND (PC 11) forward deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He served as Executive Officer onboard USS UNDERWOOD (FFG 36) deploying to Central and South America on Operation Southern Seas. CAPT Brasseur Commanded both USS FREEDOM (LCS 1) and USS FORT WORTH (LCS 3), sailing FORT WORTH home to San Diego from her maiden deployment to Southeast Asia.

Ashore, he completed the DC INTERN program with placements at Deep Blue and the WHITE HOUSE Homeland Security Council, while earning his Master of Arts degree in Organizational Management from the George Washington University. CAPT Brasseur is fluent in Spanish, having attended the Defense Language Institute prior to completing the Command and Staff Course at the Argentine Naval War College in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has also served as FIFTH FLEET Battle Watch Captain at NAVCENT in Bahrain. He is also pursuing a Global Master of Arts in International Relations from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, expected graduation 2020. 

CAPT Brasseur’s awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (2 gold stars), Navy Commendation Medal (3 gold stars), Navy Achievement Medal (1 gold star), and various unit and service awards. 
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