About Brian Vanyo

Brian Vanyo was born and raised in North Dakota. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Brian served in the Navy for 9 years as an F-14 Radar Intercept Officer and also as an Air Defense Analyst. He moved to Charlottesville, Virginia to pursue a law degree at UVA while finishing a Master’s degree from the U.S. Naval War College. Brian is a published author and columnist. He currently works at the Defense Intelligence Agency and serves as a board member of the Constitution Leadership Initiative, which is an organization that seeks to empower individuals with a better understanding of the Constitution. Brian is married to Svetlana. They are the proud parents of three beautiful girls: Athena, Sofie, and Vivian.


  • University of Virginia School of Law, Juris Doctor, Law
  • United States Naval War College, Master of Arts, National Security and Strategic Studies
  • United States Naval Academy, Bachelor of Science, Computer Science

Naval Career:

  • United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland—1994-98
  • Naval Flight Officer School, Pensacola, Florida—1998-2000
  • Fighter Squadron ONE-HUNDRED ONE (VF-101), Fleet Replacement Squadron, Virginia Beach, Virginia—2000-01
  • Fighter Squadron ELEVEN (VF-11), Virginia Beach, Virginia—2001-04: Operation NOBLE EAGLE (Homeland Defense), September 11, 2001; Operation ENDURING FREEDOM (Afghanistan), 2002; Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (Iraq), 2004
  • Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), Washington, D.C.—2004-07


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