Brian Wilson

Deputy Director
Global Maritime Operational Threat Response Coordination Center (GMCC)
U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security


Brian Wilson serves as Deputy Director of the Global Maritime Operational Threat Response Coordination Center (GMCC), the U.S. Government’s office that aligns the response to maritime threats. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Stockton Center for International Law at the U.S. Naval War College.

Brian has advised and delivered presentations to governments and international organizations across the globe on coordination, crisis management, and maritime law enforcement. He led interagency efforts to draft national-level policy to integrate responses to maritime cyber events, piracy, and illegal fishing. He is the principal author of pioneering information sharing agreements to bridge whole-of-government frameworks involving several countries.

Brian is a Fulbright Scholar, a Seminar XXI Fellow (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), and has served as a Visiting Professor at the U.S. Naval Academy and Tbilisi State University Law School. He has written on maritime security in the Stanford Journal of International Law, Texas International Law Journal, Emory International Law Review, and Harvard National Security Journal, among others.

Serving more than twenty years as an officer and lawyer in the U. S. Navy, assignments included Oceans Policy Adviser to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Commanding Officer of the Region Legal Service Office Naval District Washington, legal advisor on an aircraft carrier, and Special Assistant to the General Counsel of the Navy. He may be reached at