In an article in Politico, dated 23 June 2021, author Andrew Desiderio reported on the upcoming UAP report to Congress. Included in the article was the following:
"Last week, though, members of the House Intelligence Committee and the House Armed Services Committee were briefed by Brennan McKernan, the director of the Pentagon's UAP task force, and Scott Bray, the deputy director of naval intelligence."
Up until then, the name of the current director of the UAP Task Force was publicly unknown.
What is known about Brennan McKernan?
McKernan is mentioned in Volume 24, Number 5, dated December 2019 of "Sightings" a publication of the United States Navy Public Affairs Association. The Association held one of its professional development luncheons in November 2019 at which Brennan McKernan was the guest speaker. In an article in that issue McKernan was described as:
"...a Navy Intelligence analyst, and he spoke to us about the threat from China, Russia, Iran and North Korea."
The Navy Needs HUMINT
McKernan was also co-author of an article in Volume 143/8/1,374, August 2017 of the "Proceedings" of the U.S. Naval Institute. The article was titled "Professional notes - The Navy Needs HUMINT" authored by Lynn Wright; Mark A. Assur and Brennan McKernan. The article argues that the U.S. Navy, in recent years, has focused on signals and imagery collection at the expense of human intelligence.
In a previous blog post, B. Lynn Wright was found to be SES USN DCNO N2N6, ADINO for Information Warfare (Acting) OPNAV N2N6B, Deputy Director, Naval Intelligence, formerly of the Defense Intelligence Agency.
Office of Naval Intelligence
The U.S. Navy Office of Naval Intelligence is the area of the U.S Navy responsible for the collection, analysis and promulgation of maritime intelligence. Naval intelligence analysts such as John F. Stratton (see here for his official Navy biography) have previously been identified as working on UAP. In 2020 Stratton was with the USN Nimitz OPINTELCEN area of ONI. A search of keywords on the ONI website failed to reveal any information there concerning McKernan.
A search of the LinkedIn website located a profile for Brennan M. Defense Strategy and Policy at US Navy, New Alexandria, Virginia, USA. His experience is shown as OPNAV Strategy and Policy, August 2008-present. Educated at the US Naval Academy between 1992 and 1996, obtaining a BSc. He was a Navy officer between July 1992 and December 2003.
Here is a job ad for a Strategy and Policy Analysts with OPNAV which will give you an idea of what that role entails.
Update: 24 June 2021
1t was previously reported that Congressman Andre Carson, chaired a classified briefing on UAP for the sub-committee on Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence and counter proliferation, House Select Committee on Intelligence, on Wednesday 16 June 2021. For a fuller story on this, including a statement by Andre Carson, click here.