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Executive Profile: Whit Cobb, PAE SVP and General Counsel

Cobb_Whit_PAEWhit Cobb serves as senior vice president and general counsel at PAE.

He has been in that role since February 2012 and provides legal advice to the company’s leadership and oversees PAE’s legal staff, including PAE’s international trade compliance office.

Cobb is also responsible for maintaining the proper compliance environment for the organization, including through PAE’s office of ethics and business conduct.

Prior to joining PAE, Cobb served as the deputy general counsel of BAE Systems, Inc., a position he held from 2004 to 2012. In this role, Cobb advised the company’s senior business and functional leadership, assisted the general counsel in managing the Inc. legal department, and supported the operating group of general counsels.

Cobb served as the deputy general counsel of the Defense Department from 2001 until 2004. While at the Pentagon, Whit was the chief litigator for the DoD. He also supervised the military commission process and criminal justice issues relating to the war on terrorism. His other responsibilities included overseeing the security clearance adjudication process, providing legal advice with respect to congressional inquiries, and supporting the DoD public affairs office.

Prior to his service with the DoD, Whit was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Jenner & Block, where he focused on government contracts and telecommunications issues.

Before joining Jenner & Block in 1996, Whit was the judicial fellow at the administrative office of the United States Courts. From 1991 to 1995, he served on active duty in the U.S. Army as an attorney in the Army General Counsel’s Office, where he worked on intelligence and classified program issues.

Cobb graduated summa cum laude from Duke University, which he attended on an ROTC scholarship and is a 1990 graduate of Yale Law School, where he was executive editor of the Yale Law Journal.

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