Veterans for Energy and Technology Security

The Bitcoin Today Coalition’s Veterans for Energy and Technology Security Community leverages veterans, ex-intel, and national security experts to articulate the national security and foreign policy benefits of the bitcoin network. BTC VETS aims to engage with and advise stakeholders in the DoD, intelligence, and foreign service communities to maintain American dominance in the bitcoin space.


Bitcoin has profound implications for national security, domestic political stability, and energy security. Early adoption positions the US to compete globally as the network’s value increases and use cases proliferate. As a mechanism for financial inclusion, freedom of financial expression, and a hedge against monetary debasement, bitcoin will increasingly be involved in discussions around censorship and government overreach. And finally, the large and flexible load profile of industrial bitcoin mining data centers is providing much-needed grid-stabilizing services nationwide while monetizing renewable generation without the need for government subsidies. BTC VETS believes these characteristics of bitcoin make it a critical national security asset requiring sound policy and a strategic approach to adoption.


The VETS Community is currently led by Kyle Schneps (President and Intelligence Community Rep), Alex Brammer (Co-Chair and SOF Community Rep), and Jayson Browder (Co-Chair and Veterans Community Rep).

 

 

Articles and Reports:

The following are articles and reports that we think either directly or indirectly illuminate the role that bitcoin is playing in reshaping our world from the perspective of energy and technology security. We offer them as educational resources only, with full credit going to their respective authors. Our listing of them here does not mean that we fully endorse all the views expressed in them. Rather, we see them as a useful jumping-off point for conceptualizing how bitcoin is reshaping our world both physically and socially.

Honestly: The Case for American Seriousness

Russia’s War Is the End of Climate Policy as We Know It

Age Of the Electron Part IV: The ElectroDollar, a Possible Answer to the Fraying US Global Currency Reserve System

A Serious Proposal on US Energy

Bitcoin and US National Security

Bitcoin Mining & The Grid (Part 1): Generators

The Renewable Grid Needs Bitcoin Mining

7 Renewables Misconceptions

Quantifying the Potential Impact of Bitcoin Mining on Global Methane Emissions

The Carbon Bankroll: The Climate Impact and Untapped Power of Corporate Cash

Impacts of Large, Flexible Data Center Operations on the Future of ERCOT

 

Leadership

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Kyle Schneps

President, Intelligence Community Rep

More about Kyle

Kyle is Director of Public Policy at Foundry, a Digital Currency Group Company. He has held a variety of Federal and State Government positions, most recently working as Special Advisor for State Operations in the New York State Executive Chamber. Prior to his role in NY State government, Kyle spent most of his career serving as a US Intelligence Officer, which was preceded by a diplomatic post as Advisor to the Special Envoy for Guantanamo Bay Closure at the State Department. He is a former White House Fellow, during which time he worked across different national security and federal budgeting roles in the Obama Administration. Over the course of his career, he has lived and/or worked in over sixty countries and believes blockchain technologies will continue to become increasingly impactful for financial inclusion and global security. He holds two Masters’ degrees in International Affairs and Public Health from Columbia University.

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Alex Brammer

Co-Chair, SOF Community Rep

More about Alex

Mr. Brammer is currently the Sr. Director of Digital Strategy and Asset Optimization at Talen Energy, where he is charged with integrating bitcoin mining and other emerging digital technologies into Talen’s 13 gigawatt generation portfolio. Before Talen, he was the VP of Business Development at Luxor, a North American bitcoin mining services company, where he focused on developing cutting-edge software, infrastructure, and financial products for bitcoin miners. Before joining Luxor, he spent most of his 15 years in an Army uniform either on combat deployments or in school. While in uniform, Mr. Brammer deployed four times to Iraq in both special operations and airborne infantry units, completed a Bachelor’s in Economics from West Point, a Master’s in Security Studies from King’s College London, and a Doctorate in Politics from Queen’s University Belfast as a 2014 Marshall Scholar. Mr. Brammer medically retired from the Army in 2021 after leaving command as a Captain. Mr. Brammer’s doctoral work focused on insurgency and counterinsurgency methods designed to enhance or erode institutional legitimacy in conflicted, deeply divided societies. He believes bitcoin will deconstruct and realign calcified political structures, help to re-legitimize critical American institutions, and enable an economically viable renewable energy transition to a more decentralized, resilient grid.

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Jayson Browder

Co-Chair, Veterans Community Rep

More about Jayson

Jayson Browder, MPA, serves as Third Way’s Senior Policy Advisor for National Security, focusing on the US-China cyber and digital power competition in particular. Prior to Third Way, Mr. Browder held several senior advisor roles, most recently at New York Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) as Assistant Dean and Chief of Staff to the Associate Vice Chancellor, Principal National Security Advisor to U.S. Congressman Beto O’Rourke, Presidential Management Fellow in the Obama Administration’s White House Office of Management and Budget, and is a U.S. Fulbright Scholar. As a US Air Force and Iraq War Veteran, Mr. Browder is passionately involved in Military and Veteran Affairs. In 2015, he founded Veterans in Global Leadership, an executive-level training, and leadership development non-profit, advocating for veteran visibility within civilian government leadership. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board and as a Senior Advisor to Policy Vets, an organization dedicated to supporting and creating policy that prioritizes veteran wellbeing. Mr. Browder has been published in numerous media publications such as Asia Times, NPR, Carnegie Council, and Foreign Policy Journal. He holds a Global Executive M.P.A. from New York University and the University College London and a B.A. in Sociology and Latin American and Latino Studies from Fordham University. He was awarded 40 Under 40 at Middle East Policy Council and 40 Under 40 Latinos in Foreign Policy at New America, Diversity in National Security Network, and Huffington Post.

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