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CHIPS Articles: Unlocking the key to (Cyber) Defense

Unlocking the key to (Cyber) Defense
By U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs - April 5, 2017
YOKOSUKA, KANAGAWA, JAPAN – “To put it simply, there is no better place to go or opportunity I can take in the military at this point in my career in which the skill sets and passions I have been honing over the course of more than a decade can be utilized,” Lt. Brendan Geoghegan said.

Geoghegan credited his family and upbringing, especially his mother, for driving him to be where he is in life right now. Geoghegan said several members of his immediate family — veterans, retirees, active duty members and their long-suffering families — had been catalysts for the decisions he made for his naval career.

His parents alone have a combined 50 years in the military, Geoghegan said. His father served 20 years in the Navy as an enlisted Aviation Support Specialist. His mother has over 30 years in the Navy, first as an enlisted Aviation Support Specialist then as a commissioned Aviation Maintenance Duty Officer. She is currently deployed and underway with the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group where she currently serves as the carrier air group maintenance officer for Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8.

Geoghegan’s younger brother was just commissioned through the Navy’s medical program, where is he currently working his way through medical school to become a doctor, he said, while his middle brother works with a contracting company that does work on the Navy’s Joint High Speed Vessel.

“My parents pushed all of us to work in whatever field we had a passion for,” explained Geoghegan. “We all did just that. But it was very easy to see the impact that our parents were making for the country, so we each chose our own way to help out as well,” Geoghegan said.

Geoghegan said he fully intends to use this opportunity to work hard and enhance his skills in areas such as secure system design, vulnerability analysis, Computer Network Defense (CND), and Computer Network Exploitation (CNE).

“All I really want to do is make a difference the best way I can,” he said. “We have put so much stock in having the best pilots, ship drivers, and submariners, I see this as the perfect opportunity to put stock in building a cadre of cyber warriors. I want to be a part of this and I know that I will make a difference by the time I leave the program. We are at a turning point in our history where more people have smart phones than clean water and the next generation is growing up only knowing a time where the internet exists. In order to maintain military dominance in the international community I personally believe we have to capitalize on these facts. Building tools and techniques that can be utilized by the next generation is more than a passion for me, it’s a necessity.”

Photo By Petty Officer 2nd Class Jason Kofonow | YOKOSUKA, Japan (April 4, 2017) Lt. Brendan Geoghegan, from Chesapeake, Va., has been selected for the Computer Network Operations Development Program (CNODP), a prestigious, but technically demanding, three-year internship that would culminate in him graduating as one of the leading computer networking experts in the Department of Defense.  U.S. Navy illustration by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Russel Schnaare/Released
Photo By Petty Officer 2nd Class Jason Kofonow | YOKOSUKA, Japan (April 4, 2017) Lt. Brendan Geoghegan, from Chesapeake, Va., has been selected for the Computer Network Operations Development Program (CNODP), a prestigious, but technically demanding, three-year internship that would culminate in him graduating as one of the leading computer networking experts in the Department of Defense. U.S. Navy illustration by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Russel Schnaare/Released
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