Dr. Brandon Kirk Williams is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He earned a Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Berkeley, in May 2020.
At CGSR, his research addresses cybersecurity, cyberdeterrence, and cybersecurity cooperation. His research will examine pathways for the United States to cooperate on cybersecurity with Asian partners and allies to benefit local and regional security, as well as national security in the United States. His research looks forward to locate ways that emerging technologies can improve the United States' integrated strategic deterrence and long-range competitiveness. More broadly, his research considers avenues for public-private cooperation with stakeholders in Asia and Africa to compete geopolitically against authoritarian rivals.
Brandon's Ph.D. research and dissertation analyzed the United States' Cold War national security development ambitions that manifested in economic capacity building assistance for two preeminent postcolonial states, Indonesia and India. He conducted years of archival fieldwork and language preparation in both countries and earned a Fulbright-Hays grant for research in Indonesia. Like his work at CGSR, Brandon's scholarly production seeks to apply history in an effort to make sense of contemporary security challenges and contribute to discussions on the future of U.S. national security.
Prior to joining CGSR, Brandon worked as a summer associate at the RAND Corporation in Washington DC, and as a research associate at Illumio.