Peter Beshar

Hon. Peter Beshar

General Counsel
U.S. Air Force

Peter J. Beshar serves as the General Counsel of the U.S. Department of the Air Force. He was nominated by President Biden in late 2021 and confirmed by the Senate in March 2022.

As the Department’s Chief Legal Officer and Designated Agency Ethics Official, Mr. Beshar provides oversight and guidance to 2,600 civilian and military lawyers and nearly 500,000 active duty and civilian members of the Air Force and Space Force.

From 2004 to 2022, Mr. Beshar served as General Counsel of Marsh McLennan, a Fortune 150 professional services firm with 80,000 employees in 100 countries. Mr. Beshar led the legal, compliance, public affairs and risk management departments. Mr. Beshar is a recognized thought leader on cyber security with expertise at the intersection of public policy and private enterprise. He has testified multiple times before the Senate, the House of Representatives, and the European Parliament and has authored op-eds in the Washington Post, New York Times, and US News and World Report.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Beshar was appointed by President Obama as the Trustee of the Wilson Center. He also served as the special assistant to the former Secretary of State Cyrus Vance, in the peace negotiations in Bosnia, Kosovo and Macedonia.

Mr. Beshar is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School.

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Space Law and Regulation Track

Monday, April 8, 2024

9:30 am - 5:00 pm