Michael Brillant

Michael Brillant

Deputy Director / Chief of Staff
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Mike Brillant retired from the U.S. Army as a Chief Warrant Officer 5  and Master Army Aviator. During his 29+ years in the Army, he served in a wide spectrum of organizations from platoon through Joint Task force (JTF) including the Joint Staff J8 having multiple combat deployments. He Commanded the first U.S. Army Government Owned Contractor Operated (GOCO) UAS Detachment during combat operations. During the last 4-years of his military career, he supported the Joint Unmanned Systems Center of Excellence (JUAS COE) as the Joint Doctrine Division Operations Officer responsible for establishing Joint policy and doctrine for employment of the armed forces myriad of unmanned systems. His efforts in research on countering adversary UAS operations resulted in the first ever Joint Counter UAS CONOPS. He is a highly decorated combat aviator with over 6000 total flying hours with 1500 hours in combat operations. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and holds a commercial helicopter instrument rating. During service, he held qualifications in OH-58 Kiowa, AH-1S Cobra and AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopters, C-12U and RC-12D/H/K Guardrail Special Equipment Mission Aircraft. His notable awards are the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal 4OLC, Air Medal 4OLC / with Valor. Mike currently serves as the Deputy Director, Chief of Staff for the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems planning and directing all administrative, financial, and operational activities of NIAS on behalf of the Executive Director.

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