BRINC Drones Employee Spotlight: Andrew Coté

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July 23, 2021

Andrew Coté
Director of Federal and Defense Sales

We are thrilled to welcome another new member to the BRINC family, Andrew Coté. Andrew J. Coté most recently served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Combating Terrorism (DASD SOCT). In this capacity, Mr. Coté led the Department’s policies, plans, authorities and resources related to special operations and irregular warfare, with emphasis on counterterrorism, counterinsurgency, unconventional warfare, information operations and sensitive special operations. He represented the Secretary of Defense on various interagency working groups with other departments responsible for national security policy and Congressional matters. He reported to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict (ASD SO/LIC) and assisted with statutory responsibilities regarding the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC).

Prior to this position, Mr. Coté served as the Chief of Staff to the DASD SOCT and the Chief of Staff to the ASD SO/LIC. As the Chief of Staff to ASD SO/LIC, Mr. Coté managed the 150-person directorate responsible for policy development and implementation related to special operations, counterterrorism, counter-narcotics, global threats, detainee policy, and stability and humanitarian affairs.
Before entering OSD as a civilian, Mr. Coté served as an Officer in the Marine Corps. Prior to separation, he served as the Marine Security Force Commander (J2) at the White House Communications Agency. Additional assignments were as a Presidential Support Program Platoon Commander at Marine Barracks Washington D.C., Military Social Aide to the 44th and 45th President of the United States, and the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment deployed with Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force – Crisis Response Africa (Black Sea Rotational Force).
Mr. Coté earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University. He is also a Board member of the American Freedom Fund (AFF), the National Defense Industrial Association – SO/LIC Division, the Johns Hopkins (Men’s and Women’s) Lacrosse Leadership and Mentorship Board, and the Atlantic Council GeoTech Action Council.