Senior Advisor

Francis M. Cevasco founded Cevasco International LLC in March 2004, and in April 2007 joined the Trade Compliance Group as a Senior Adviser to strengthen the pre-existing ties between the two firms. He advises domestic and international aerospace and defense corporations on issues of strategic positioning and strategic acquisitions and defense acquisition program and export problems with the US and foreign governments. He prepares studies about prospects for ongoing and future weapon system programs; prepares defense issue-related opinion surveys of US and foreign government officials and industry executives. He advises investment firms about defense industry consolidation and works with industry associations and think tanks to promote constructive change in government policies and practices. He also performs pro bono public projects for the Department of Defense in areas of: transatlantic security, cooperative defense RD&A programs, export control reform, and export sales reform.

Prior to forming Cevasco International, Frank Cevasco held positions in several well-known consulting firms including: Vice President of Hicks & Associates (1996-2004), Vice President of the International Planning & Analysis Center (1993-1996), and co-founder and Managing Director of the International Partnerships Group (INTERPAR) (1990-1993), where he assisted companies in forming strategic alliances and teams tailored to succeed in international competitions.

Before joining INTERPAR, he had served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Senior Executive Service (1979-1990). His last position in DoD was Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for International Development and Production Programs, where he was responsible for armaments programs and technology initiatives with NATO, NATO member countries, European neutrals, the Middle East, Japan, and Korea. He was the principal resident advisor to several Under Secretaries of Defense for Acquisition & Technology regarding international program cooperation and international agreements. He previously had held the position of Director, NATO Affairs, where he implemented numerous administration and congressional initiatives, among them the NATO Cooperative R&D Program and the NATO Conventional Armaments Planning System. He also managed DoD participation in numerous bilateral and multilateral committees.

Prior to his service at the Pentagon, Frank Cevasco held a progression of U.S. Army research, development, and program management-related positions (1967-1979). He also was an Army Engineer Corps officer in the U.S. and South Vietnam (1964-1967), rising to the grade of Captain.

His accomplishments won him recognition both domestically and internationally. The President of the United States designated him a Meritorious Executive; the Queen of the Netherlands awarded him the Order of the House of Orange; the President of the Federal Republic of Germany awarded him the Order of Merit – the awards reflected his contributions to the success of several complex bilateral programs and in strengthening NATO. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Polytechnic University, consulted for OSD-International Security Affairs, chaired the National Defense Industrial Association’s International Division, and is a member of the Executive Committees of both the International and Missile Defense Divisions.

Frank Cevasco holds an M.S. degree in Engineering from George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the Polytechnic University. He is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College’s Program Management course and is a frequent guest lecturer at several Defense Acquisition University campuses.

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