U.S. Air Force, Headquarters Fourteenth Air Force
J.D., University of Idaho College of Law
LL.M., McGill University Institute of Air and Space Law
Major Ross A. Brown is an active duty judge advocate in the United States Air Force. He is currently assigned to Headquarters Fourteenth Air Force at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, where he serves as the Chief of International, Space, and Operations Law. In that capacity, Maj Brown advises the two-star commanding general and subordinate commanders and staff on space, international, intelligence, operations, and national security law issues related to the Department of Defense’s space operations. In his role at Fourteenth Air Force, Maj Brown also serves on the legal staff of United States Space Command’s Combined Force Space Component Command, which is responsible for integrating space effects with terrestrial operations.
Major Brown’s other international and operations law experience includes serving as the Staff Judge Advocate of the Air Force’s only Air Expeditionary Wing in Iraq and Syria, Wing Legal Advisor to the Air Force’s only contingency response wing and as Air Mobility Command’s primary augmentee to Joint Task Force Civil Support. Major Brown has also served in numerous roles advising Air Force commanders on criminal and civil law. Prior to joining the Air Force, Major Brown was a law clerk for the Honorable Chief Judge Karen Lansing of the Idaho Court of Appeals.
Maj Brown holds an LL.M. in Air and Space Law from McGill University’s Institute of Air and Space Law. He also graduated summa cum laude from Walla Walla University with a B.A. in Theology and obtained his J.D. from the University of Idaho College of Law, where he graduated cum laude. Major Brown has received various awards and honors, including McGill University Faculty of Law’s Jose Bogolasky Memorial Prize in International Air Law, the United States Air Force Expeditionary Center’s Outstanding Young Judge Advocate of the Year award, and the Air Force Judge Advocate General’s School’s Thomas P. Keenan, Jr. Award for the Air Force’s most significant contribution to international and operations law. Major Brown’s presentations and publications have focused on various historical and contemporary aspects of military operations law and the law of outer space. He is also a Core Legal Expert with the forthcoming Manual on International Law Applicable to Military Uses of Outer Space.
Major Brown advises the St. Thomas University Cybersecurity LL.M. program in his personal capacity, and his views do not necessarily represent the views of the Department of Defense or its components.”