is a leading neoconservative
figure who is associated with various defense contractors
and rightist policy outfits. He is also closely connected to various high-profile neocons like
, under whom Bryen served when Perle was Reagan's assistant secreatary of defense.
Some observers have accused Bryen of using his insider connections in Washington to the benefit of
Israel. In his book The Armageddon Network, Michael Saba, a former director of an Arab-American organization, alleged that in 1978 he saw Bryen, then a staffer on the
Senate Foreign Relations Committee, offer "Pentagon documents on the bases" to officials of the Israeli government during a meeting in a restaurant in Washington. Writes Saba: “After I reported this incident to the Justice Department, FBI and Justice Department investigators gathered sufficient evidence on Dr. Bryen's activities to recommend he be brought before an investigative grand jury for espionage. The case was quietly closed, however, by
Philip Heymann, the assistant attorney general in charge of the Justice Department's Criminal Division, a close personal friend and associate of Dr. Bryen's attorney. Bryen was never formally charged or made to account for his actions under oath.” (4), (8)
In addition to his political activities, which include working with a number of right-wing outfits such as the
American Enterprise Institute and the
Center for Security Policy, Bryen has also worked for or headed various defense-related companies, including
Finmeccanica, a British-based defense contractor.
Bryen is the author of various monographs, including the Revolution in Military Affairs and the Revolution in Technology Security; and Cyberterrorism: The Threat and the U.S. Response.
He is the husband of Shoshana Bryen. Both Shoshana and Stephen have served as heads of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA).