"If we're fighting, we're not talking."
– Brett Anderson to T'Kuvma, 2256 ("Battle at the Binary Stars")

Admiral Brett Anderson was a Human male Starfleet flag officer who lived during the mid-23rd century. (DIS: "The Vulcan Hello")

Starfleet careerEdit

Anderson eventually joined Starfleet and, sometime prior to 2256, rose to the rank of Admiral. (DIS: "The Vulcan Hello")

Encountering the KlingonsEdit

On May 11th, 2256, Anderson was contacted by Captain Philippa Georgiou of the USS Shenzhou regarding contact with a Klingon artifact in Federation space. Anderson ordered Georgiou to hold her position, while the USS Europa and other Starfleet vessels in range diverted to their location. (DIS: "The Vulcan Hello")

As Klingon reinforcements arrived and attacked the other Starfleet vessels, Anderson arrived at the site aboard the Europa, where he contacted the Klingon leader, T'Kuvma, to negotiate a cease-fire. T'Kuvma, recognizing the admiral as "someone worthy of our attention", had one of his cloaked vessels ram the Europa, with Anderson still aboard. The Europa activated its auto-destruct sequence moments later. (DIS: "Battle at the Binary Stars")

It remains unclear if Anderson was killed or if he abandoned ship with the surviving crew of the Europa. According to, Anderson was killed when the "Klingon cleave ship" attacked the Europa.

Memorable quotes Edit

"Next time, you might try not disturbing the property of a warrior race we've hardly spoken to for a hundred years."

- Brett Anderson, to Michael Burnham after encountering the Klingons (DIS: "The Vulcan Hello")

"The ideal outcome for any Klingon interaction is battle. They're relentlessly hostile, sir. It's in their nature."
"The Federation and the Klingon Empire have always been on the cold side of war. We've had only fleeting run-ins with them for a century. And now you presume to know their motivation because it's "in their nature"? Considering your background, I would think you're the last person to make assumptions based on race."

- Michael Burnham and Brett Anderson, discussing the "nature" of the Klingons (DIS: "The Vulcan Hello")

"Attention, Klingon leader, I am Admiral Brett Anderson. I speak with the authority of the entire Federation when I propose a cease-fire so that we might resolve this conflict with no further bloodshed."

- Brett Anderson, to T'Kuvma (DIS: "Battle at the Binary Stars")

"If we're fighting, we're not talking."

- Brett Anderson, to T'Kuvma after the latter accepts the former's offer of a ceasefire (DIS: "Battle at the Binary Stars")

"Let's end this, so we can get–... What was that?"

- Brett Anderson's possible final words (DIS: "Battle at the Binary Stars")

Appendices Edit

Background information Edit

Brett Anderson was portrayed by Terry Serpico.

Appearances Edit

Apocrypha Edit

The Pocket DIS novel Desperate Hours establishes that Admiral Anderson was the superior officer for the sector of space the Shenzhou was operating in. Furthermore, he was responsible for deciding that Michael Burnham be promoted to first officer of the Shenzhou in 2255, over the more experienced Saru. That year, in response to a crisis on Sirsa III at which the Shenzhou was present, Anderson instructed Christopher Pike, Georgiou's subordinate by experience, to take the Enterprise to the planet and eliminate the threat by photon torpedo bombardment, which would involve the collateral demise of the planet's colonial population. However, his orders did not need to be enacted.

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