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Peter I Belk


Visiting Professor


Center for Security Studies (CSS)
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Peter I. Belk is the Principal Director (Acting) of the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Chemical and Biological Defense in the Office of Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs (ASD(NCB)). In this role, Mr. Belk is responsible for supporting the oversight of the Chemical and Biological Defense Program throughout the Department of Defense and integration with interagency and international partners. Immediately prior to assuming this role, Mr. Belk served as the Director, Strategic Relations, International and Interagency in the Chemical and Biological Defense directorate where he focused on the development, management and execution of international and interagency efforts. He also supports NCB on a number of high-priority countering weapons of mass destruction efforts, and worked in NCB as the Deputy Director, Cooperative Threat Reduction Office, Threat Reduction and Arms Control, as well as a Senior Advisor.

Previously, Mr. Belk served as Special Assistant in the Office of the Counsel to the President of the United States at the White House, and as a Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, where he oversaw all-source intelligence support for the Secretary of State, the Deputy Secretary of State and the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. Mr. Belk was also an analyst in the Office of Strategic, Proliferation and Military Affairs in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, where he was responsible for political-military matters, conventional and unconventional, in the Middle East and South Asia. In this capacity, Mr. Belk was a key member of the interagency national security team working on Iraqi non-compliance with respect to United Nations resolutions governing Iraqi weapons of mass destruction programs, and was assigned as a biological weapons expert as part of the United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM) in Iraq.

Since 1993, Mr. Belk has served in the US Army on both active and reserve duty as a civil affairs and military intelligence officer, including having been activated for overseas deployment to JAC Molesworth, UK at EUCOM in support of Operation Allied Force and service as the Deputy Chief of Targeting, J2T at the J2 in the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon, and in the United States Army Reserve Consequence Management Unit. He is currently the headquarters commander in the 450th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne).

In addition to his public sector experience, Mr. Belk worked as a corporate and international trade attorney based in Washington, DC and New York, NY, where he focused on business transactions and cross-border legal work in the Russian Federation, Europe and Middle East. More recently, he was an Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of a life sciences management consulting firm.


  • Juris Doctor (2002) Columbia University School of Law, Law
  • Masters of Arts (1996) Georgetown University, Security Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts (1993) University of Pennsylvania, Political Science