Jeffrey P. Bialos

Eversheds Sutherland

Jeffrey P. Bialos’s career spans 30 plus years in national security and international legal, trade and economic matters.  Mr. Bialos currently is a partner in the global law firm of Eversheds Sutherland, where he is Co-Head of the firm’s Aerospace, Defense and Security Practice and resident in the firm’s Washington D.C. office.  His areas of significant regional experience include Europe, Japan and the Middle East.  He has advised Boards of Directors and senior management of aerospace, defense and other high tech firms on governance, policy and regulatory issues, and today serves as a member of the Board of Directors of a NASDAQ-traded company.

Mr. Bialos served as Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (2002-2018), where he conducted studies and led major symposia on evolving role of NATO, coalition war fighting capabilities, and integration of Transatlantic defense industries.  Mr. Bialos also was appointed by Governors Warner and Kaine as a member of to the Secure Virginia initiative, a state-wide panel with oversight over Virginia homeland security policies and programs (2003-2008).

From 1999 to 2000, he served as the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Industrial Affairs and received the Department of Defense (DoD) Distinguished Public Service Medal.  During his tenure, he advised on policies and programs concerning the defense industrial base, led the Department’s review of major defense and aerospace mergers and acquisitions, managed negotiations with U.S. Transatlantic allies concerning defense industrial cooperation, and was integrally involved in developing the Defense Trade Security Initiative, a major reform of U.S. defense export controls.  From 1997 to 1999, Mr. Bialos served as the Special Advisor to Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business and Agricultural Affairs Stuart M. Eisenstat and was a key architect of Southeast Europe Compact for Reform, Investment, Integrity and Growth, a framework for economic reform and western assistance to the region.  Previously, he served as Principal Deputy Assistant of Commerce for Import Administration, where he administered the unfair trade laws and managed trade negotiations and supervised rulemakings.  While at both Defense and State, Mr. Bialos also served as Head of the U.S. Delegation for negotiations with EU on future of global navigation (GPS & Galileo).

Mr. Bialos is a member of the New York Council on Foreign Relations, and is the author and co-author of books, major monographs and numerous articles on national security and international legal subjects.  He recently authored numerous opinion pieces on the use of the Defense Production Act during the Covid-19 crisis and also authored a recent monograph on defense innovation entitled “Against the Odds: Driving Defense Innovation in a Change-Resistant Ecosystem.”    

Mr. Bialos received a J.D. degree from the University of Chicago Law School, a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and an A.B. in history, magna cum laude, from Cornell University’s College of Arts and Sciences.  He also served as a law clerk to Judge Daniel M. Friedman on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

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