Paul Byron Pattak, Fellow
From 1991 to 1993 he served in President Bush’s Administration as a political appointee at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), where he worked on national-level emergency preparedness programs. Previously, Paul Byron was the Transition Officer for FEMA after President Bush’s election in 1988. His government service also includes earlier assignments at the National Institutes of Health and on the personal staff of the Secretary of Defense. Beginning in April 1997, he served as a Senior Consultant to the President’s Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection (PCCIP) and its successor organization, the Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office (CIAO). During 2000-2001, he served as a Consultant to the U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century (Hart-Rudman Commission), where he worked on homeland security issues and helped write the Commission’s final report. He was also a Consultant to the Commission on National Security Space Management and Organization (Rumsfeld Space Commission) in 2001. He has served on policy task forces for the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) dealing with national security, homeland security and information technology. He was also a 2006 Senior Fellow at George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute. In 2007, he was named a Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.
Paul Byron is CEO of Pi2 Strategies, LLC, a firm in Alexandria, Virginia that provides high-quality strategic advisory services to a variety of clients. In 1999, he co-founded a software company in Las Vegas. The resulting entity was purchased by IBM in January 2005. He was also a Co-Founder of Covington Strategy Group, LLC, and helped U.S. and Canadian companies work with the Federal Government. Past clients of Paul Byron have included the National Security Council, White House Military Office, the Departments of Agriculture, Defense, Energy and Labor, DARPA, FEMA, NASA, IMF, World Bank, Marathon Oil, Bank One, IBM, Owens Corning, National Industries for the Blind, The Limited, TRW and many others.
He has published several articles on national security, homeland security, technology and policy issues, and has been a frequent guest lecturer for the U.S. Army War College, the National Defense University, and the Intelligence Community. He is also actively involved in organizing conferences, seminars and workshops. Paul Byron received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland at College Park.