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Beacon Global Strategies LLC
Industry International Strategic Consulting
Founded Washington DC (2013 (2013))
Headquarters Washington, DC, United States
Area served
Key people
Michael Allen (Managing Director)
Jeremy Bash (Managing Director)
Andrew Shapiro (Managing Director)

Beacon Global Strategies LLC (BGS) is a Washington, DC-based strategic advisory firm founded by Jeremy Bash, Philippe Reines, and Andrew Shapiro in 2013.[1][2] According to the firm's website, Beacon Global Strategies specializes in matters of international policy, foreign affairs, national defense, cyber, intelligence, and homeland security.[3]

About BGS[edit]

A September 2013 article in Defense News, describes Beacon Global Strategies as unique for a Washington consulting firm because of its partners' intent to eventually return to government. The article noted that "Part of the confidence in future public service may stem from a combination of significant titles and relative youth, paired with the fact that most of the founders of the firm have ties to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who may be a presidential favorite heading into the 2016 election if she decides to run."[1]

A September 2013 Washington Post profile of Beacon Global Strategies highlighted the firm's bipartisan make up: "'We want to build bipartisan support for solutions to complex national security problems,' Bash said, noting that cooperation between Democrats and Republicans on these issues 'has been lacking in recent years.'"[4]

BGS leadership[edit]

Beacon's Managing Directors served in a variety of government positions prior to founding or joining the firm.

Michael Allen served as Majority Staff Director of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), under Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) from 2011–2013.[5] He previously served in the George W. Bush White House.[6] Allen is the author of "Blinking Red: Crisis and Compromise in American Intelligence after 9/11" (Potomac Books Inc. September 2013).[7]

Jeremy Bash was the only Obama Administration official to have served as Chief of Staff in two national security departments or agencies: first as Chief of Staff to the Director of the CIA (2009–2011) and most recently as Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Defense (2011–2013).[8][9]

Andrew Shapiro is the former and longest serving Senate confirmed United States Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs (2009–2013).[10] During the presidential transition of Barack Obama, Shapiro was a member of the Obama-Biden Department of Defense Agency Review Team, and during the 2008 presidential election, a member of Hillary Clinton's campaign, advising on foreign affairs.


  1. ^ a b Zach Fryer-Biggs. "Clinton Allies Join Bush Alum To Form New Consulting Group". Defense News. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  2. ^ POLITICO Playbook (2013-09-04)
  3. ^ Beacon Global Strategies LLC
  4. ^ Juliet Eilperin (2013-09-03). "Former Hillary Clinton aides form bipartisan consulting firm". The Washington Post. ,
  5. ^ "Michael Allen". National Journal. Archived from the original on 2013-11-15. Retrieved 2013-09-03. 
  6. ^ "5 Staffers to Watch on the House Intelligence Committee". National Journal. 2013-06-30. Archived from the original on 2013-07-05. 
  7. ^ "Author Details". Potomac Books. Retrieved 2013-10-10. 
  8. ^ Bumiller, Elizabeth (2011-07-01). "Change (but Not Too Much) at the Top of the Pentagon". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-07-10. 
  9. ^ Stein, Jeff (2009-03-03). "CIA Has a Bash, Jeremy Bash". Huffington Post. 
  10. ^ "Andrew Shapiro, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State, Political and Military Affairs". Defense News. 2013-01-23. 

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