Congressional procedures and process, defense authorization and appropriations, homeland security policy, foreign affairs
Defense, Aerospace, Shipbuilding and Repair, Homeland Security, Disaster Consequence Management
Retired Army Colonel, U.S. Senate
Pete Landrum served as Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions’ Senior Defense Policy Advisor for the past decade. In that role, he advised the senator, the Alabama Congressional delegation, and the Senate Armed Services Committee through 10 legislative cycles with a focus on the National Defense Authorization Act, the appropriations process, foreign relations, state and local government matters and all other elements of Sen. Sessions’ legislative portfolio.
Prior to joining Sen. Sessions’ legislative team, Pete completed a 31-year military career beginning in the Alabama Army National Guard’s 20th Special Forces and culminating as the Chief of Staff and Director of Operations at the U.S. Northern Command’s Joint Task Force Civil Support at Ft. Monroe, Va. While serving in the Army, he worked on crisis and emergency consequence management and planning with partners throughout federal, state and local government. Pete has an extensive history working alongside and collaborating with officials in state emergency management offices, as well as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
In Washington D.C.’s current post-earmark landscape, Pete has demonstrated a unique ability to guide companies through the authorization and appropriations processes in both Congress and the executive branch. Some of his professional accomplishments include, but are not limited to, expanding and advancing the Gulf Coast shipping industry; managing the development of a domestic replacement for Russian rocket engines aboard national security-specific space launches; building up and managing the production of the Ground-based Midcourse Missile Defense System, Standard Missile-3 and-6 interceptors, and the THAAD and Patriot missile systems; and, guiding a major expansion of the Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor by not only working to bring Airbus to Alabama, but also to develop major fixed and rotary wing assembly and repair facilities across the Gulf Coast.
Pete received a Bachelor of Science in Education at the University of Alabama, a Master of Education Administration and Supervision at Alabama State University, and a Master of Strategic Studies at the U.S. Army War College. Pete and his wife Ruth live in Alexandria, Va. They have a son and daughter-in-law in New York City.