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Pete Modigliani

Beacon Global Strategies


Peter Modigliani is a Vice President at Beacon Global Strategies advising leading defense tech companies to navigate the defense environment.

Pete led strategic initiatives and reforms across the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community acquisition enterprises to enable delivery of better capabilities faster. He led MITRE’s efforts within the Office of Secretary of Defense (A&S) for software acquisition, portfolio management, and acquisition enablers. He advised acquisition executives and program managers on transforming their strategies, initiatives, and processes

He co-founded the Acquisition in the Digital Age (AiDA) platform to disrupt and digitally transform the acquisition enterprise. It led to the development of the transformational Adaptive Acquisition Framework (AAF) for USD(A&S) and the acquisition workforce. This included developing and shaping the new Congressionally directed acquisition pathways for Middle Tier of Acquisition and Software Acquisition.

Pete leads the acquisition efforts for the Atlantic Council’s new Commission on Remaking the Defense Innovation System. He previously was a part of the Congressionally directed Section 809 Panel where he championed strategic portfolio management, simplifying acquisition, and requirements reforms.

Pete is a published author and his insights have served as the intellectual foundation for numerous reports, articles, and op-eds on strategic defense acquisition reforms. In addition to his writing efforts, Pete is a noted speaker at conferences, webinars, and podcasts. He is passionate about lending his insights to portfolio management, rapid acquisition, modernizing JCIDS and PPBE, software acquisition, crossing the Valley of Death, commercial acquisition, and shaping key defense and intelligence enterprises. These efforts have led to multiple reforms driven by Congress in statute and DOD in policy and practice.

Prior to joining MITRE, Pete was as an Assistant Vice President with Alion Science and Technology where he managed teams of senior analysts and served as the policy expert for the Air Force Acquisition Executive’s Information Dominance Director. He advised Air Force program managers on their acquisition strategies and Pentagon leaders on enterprise initiatives for the $6 billion portfolio. Previously he was with Anteon he guided major IT programs through the Pentagon’s annual budget and acquisition processes.

Pete served as an Air Force officer and program manager within the Joint STARS and Mission Planning programs. He led the strategy development of a billion-dollar enterprise contract, modernization programs, and managed multiple smaller acquisition and systems engineering efforts. While serving in this capacity, he partnered with industry executives to prototype a B2G portal to foster collaboration on Air Force capability needs and industry offerings.

He began his career as an industrial engineer with Xerox, 3M, and ITT Automotive.

He received a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration from Boston College.