Norman E. Pashoian III

Industrial Security Consultant, Washington, DC



Norman Pashoian, an Industrial Security Consultant in the Firm's National Security and CFIUS (Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States) practice, provides non-legal strategic advice on compliance with Department of Defense and Department of Energy industrial security regulations. His expertise centers on foreign ownership, control or influence (FOCI) matters as they pertain to US government contractors, including establishing and complying with FOCI mitigation arrangements, obtaining facility security clearances, and related strategic advice. Norm, who has over 39 years of industrial security experience, also provides industrial security regulatory compliance counsel pertaining to cleared companies, including with respect to National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual requirements.

Norm previously served 17 years with the Department of Defense - Defense Security Service (DSS, now known as the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency or DCSA), including appointment as the Deputy Inspector General (Industrial Security). During his tenure with DSS, Norm was a member of the professional staff of DSS Headquarters, with assignments to the International Security, FOCI and Special Access Programs divisions. He also served as a security inspector for five years in the greater Boston area.

Pennsylvania State University
Merrimack College


Representative Matters on Which Norm has Assisted Attorneys and Firm Clients with Non- Legal Advice:

Exon-Florio reviews before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States on numerous transactions ranging in value from less than $1 million to $38 billion.

FOCI mitigation arrangements in compliance with national industrial security regulations.

Firm representation of principal Italian industrial group operating globally in aerospace, defense and security sectors; non-legal advice and counsel concerning US national security regulatory approvals for acquisitions.

Export control compliance matters before the Department of State and the Department of Commerce.

Firm representation of the world's largest supplier of commercial airplane assemblies and components; non-legal advice and counsel on national security issues related to $1.65 billion initial public offering and subsequent transactions.

Firm representation of major British defense company in numerous acquisitions of US national security contractors, including a $1.8 billion acquisition.

Firm representation of one of the world's leading aerospace and defense electronics companies; non-legal advice and counsel in national security issues related to strategic Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) acquisitions in the United States.

Speaking Engagements

"Mitigation Agreements, NIDs and Minority Investors: When DCSA Requires More Mitigation and Overcoming Implementation Hurdles", ACI's 6th National Forum on FOCI, September 20-21, 2023 (co-chair and speaker)

"Restructuring Proxy Agreements: Determining When It Makes Sense to Restructure to Another FOCI Mitigation Agreement: Key Considerations, Timelines and Processes", September 14-15, 2022: ACI's 5th National Forum on FOCI (speaker and sole panelist)

"The Particularities of FOCI Programs: DSS, DOE and the DHS Hybrid Program", December 7, 2017: ACI's inaugural Classified Contracts Summit & FOCI Forum, Washington, DC (speaker)

"Raising the Stakes: Foreign Investment & National Security in the Trump Era", April 25, 2017: FBI Infraguard Program's 2017 Western Regional Information Sharing Initiative, Austin, Texas (panelist)

"Protecting the Technological Base: Industrial Security and Cybersecurity in the Defense Sector", December 19, 2016: Hudson Institute's Science, Technology, and the US-Japan Alliance Event, Washington, DC (panelist), accessible on C-SPAN Video Library