Brendan Groves is the Head of Regulatory and Policy Affairs at Skydio, the largest U.S. drone manufacturer and world leader in autonomous flight. Brendan works with custom-ers and regulators in the US and international markets to unlock safe and effective auton-omous operations.
Before joining Skydio, Brendan held senior positions in the federal government, serving most recently as Associate Deputy Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). In that role, he managed DOJ’s national security policy portfolio and also developed, led and scaled DOJ’s drone program. As a member of the FAA’s Executive Committee on UAS, Brendan played a leadership role in shaping the government’s approach to integrat-ing drones into the national airspace. In addition, he led the effort to counter the threat posed by malicious drones, spearheading the development and passage of pathbreaking Counter-UAS legislation. Brendan also served as Special Counsel to the General Counsel of the National Security Agency. He began his career as an Air Force JAG Officer.
He has received the Bronze Star Medal, the Attorney General’s John Marshall Award for the Handling of Legislation, the National Security Division’s Award for Excellence, the NSA Director’s Award, and two national awards from the Office of the Director of National In-telligence, including the National Intelligence Community Junior Attorney of the Year. Brendan is a graduate of Yale Law School and Pepperdine University.