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Brandt Pasco

Adjunct Fellow

Brandt Pasco is Associate General Counsel at In-Q-Tel, Inc. In-Q-Tel is a strategic investor chartered by the Central Intelligence Agency that bridges the gap between the U.S. Intelligence Community and emerging commercial innovation.

Prior to joining In-Q-Tel, Mr. Pasco was an attorney at Kaye Scholer LLP, where his practice principally focused on national security related regulatory processes and transnational mergers and acquisitions. He joined the private sector following 15 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, Mr. 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, Mr. 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, overseeing arms control treaty and regulatory compliance for, as well as national security classification of, Directorate programs.

Mr. Pasco joined the Office of the General Counsel following service as Deputy Director for Foreign Investment Policy, he represented Homeland Security in CFIUS and oversaw the department’s role in redrafting the executive order, 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 both the Deputy General Counsel (International Affairs) and the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (International Technology Security). Mr. 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, Mr. 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.

Mr. Pasco is Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University. He is also a member of both the Regulations & Procedures Technical Advisory Committee and the Defense Trade Advisory Group, advising the Commerce and State departments on export control and international trade in armaments.

Mr. 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.