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Brandt Pasco


Managing Member, Pasco & Associates, 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 Managing Member of Pasco & Associates, a boutique firm principally solving the regulatory challenges of high-technology firms providing solutions to the U.S....

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Brandt Pasco is Managing Member of Pasco & Associates, a boutique firm principally solving the regulatory challenges of high-technology firms providing solutions to the U.S. Government. At Georgetown Law, Professor Pasco teaches National Security Regulation. He is also an Adjunct Fellow of the Hudson Institute, where he works on projects related to regulatory reforms for the commercial use of outer space, as well as defense cooperation between the United States and allies. He advises the U.S. Government on desirable changes to U.S. export controls as a member of both the Defense Trade Advisory Group at the Department of State and the Regulations and Procedures Technical Advisory Committee at the Department of Commerce.

Previously, Professor Pasco was Associate General Counsel of In-Q-Tel, Inc., 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. Before 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.

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 Finance & 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 served on Presidential Transition Team for both President George W. Bush and Donald J. Trump. 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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