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Brandt Pasco


Associate General Counsel, In-Q-Tel, Inc., Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., University of Kansas; Graduate Certificate, Johns Hopkins/Nanjing University; M.A., University of Chicago; J.D., Georgetown

Brandt Pasco is Associate General Counsel at In-Q-Tel, Inc. In-Q-Tel is a venture-stage strategic investor chartered by the Central Intelligence Agency that bridges the gap...

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Brandt Pasco is Associate General Counsel at In-Q-Tel, Inc. In-Q-Tel is a venture-stage strategic investor chartered by the Central Intelligence Agency that bridges the gap between the U.S. Intelligence Community and emerging commercial innovation.  At Georgetown Law, Professor Pasco teaches National Security Regulation. He is also an Adjunct Fellow of the Hudson Institute.

Prior to joining In-Q-Tel, Professor Pasco was an attorney at Kaye Scholer LLP. His practice involved advising clients on international trade and investment, export controls, sanctions, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States ("CFIUS"), and the National Industrial Security Program.

He joined the private sector following 12 years of public service, culminating as a founding member of the National Security Council's Task Force on Export Control Reform. At the National Security Council, Professor Pasco was a principal architect of President Obama's export control reform initiative. The Department of State called these reforms, "[t]he most significant changes to the U.S. export control system in decades..." with major changes to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations and the Export Administration Regulations. He continues to advise the departments of State and Commerce on laws, regulations, and policies related to defense and high-technology trade as a member of both the Regulations & Procedures Technical Advisory Committee and the Defense Trade Advisory Group.

Before his time with the National Security Council, Professor Pasco was an attorney in the Department of Homeland Security's Office of the General Counsel. In that role, he was the Compliance Assurance Program Manager for the Science & Technology Directorate.  His responsibilities included management of the Compliance Review Group, an internal departmental review chaired by the Deputy Secretary of programs for arms control treaty compliance. He was responsible for regulatory oversight of the department's biological and chemical defense programs, including leading on-site inspections of Biological Safety Level 3 and 4 laboratories, and testified before the U.S. Senate on biosecurity. He established and co-chaired the Classification Review Panel, a body tasked with establishing national security classification guidance for all Science & Technology Directorate research and development programs. Professor Pasco also managed the Directorate’s export control program, and represented the department in interagency review of commodity jurisdiction determination requests.

Professor Pasco joined the Office of the General Counsel following service in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Policy Development. There, as Deputy Director for Foreign Investment Policy, he oversaw the department's participation in CFIUS and represented the department in redrafting the statutory and regulatory underpinnings of the CFIUS process.

His tenure at Homeland Security was preceded by six years as a political appointee in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where he served sequentially as the Special Assistant to the Deputy General Counsel (International Affairs) and the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (International Technology Security). Professor Pasco joined the Department of Defense as part of the Transition Team for President George W. Bush.

In addition to time in the executive branch, Professor Pasco had positions with the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Republican National Committee, U.S. Representatives Mark Sanford and Vince Snowbarger, Dole for President, and U.S. Senator Nancy Kassebaum.

Professor Pasco has a J.D. from Georgetown Law. In addition, he holds a M.A. from the University of Chicago, a Graduate Certificate from the Johns-Hopkins University/Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies, and a B.A. from the University of Kansas.

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