HomeAbout UsBiographiesDisplay

F. WHITTEN PETERS

PRINT | E-MAIL

Stepped down as Secretary of the Air Force Jan. 20, 2001.

F. Whitten Peters is Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C. In that role, he is responsible for ensuring the Air Force can meet its current and future missions. He oversees the recruiting, training and equipping of the 365,000 men and women on active duty, 180,000 members of the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve, and 165,000 civilians of the total force. Peters is further responsible for planning, justifying and allocating the service's annual budget of approximately $71 billion. His other responsibilities include logistical support, maintenance, research and development, and the welfare of Air Force people and their families.

Prior to being appointed to his current position, Peters was the Undersecretary of the Air Force and acting Secretary of the Air Force. Before that he was the Principal Deputy General Counsel of the Department of Defense where he worked a wide range of issues, including acquisition reform, countering domestic terrorism, protecting the department's information systems and affirmative action. Prior to serving as a senior executive with the federal government, Peters was a litigation partner at the District of Columbia law firm of Williams & Connolly, where he specialized in complex civil and criminal litigation, including the defense of government contract fraud, antitrust, tax and security cases. He has extensive experience in representing individuals and corporations in compliance and ethics programs, internal investigations, and suspension and debarment proceedings. He has written and spoken extensively on acquisition reform, legal ethics and criminal law issues.

EDUCATION
1968 Bachelor of Arts degree in government and economics, magna cum laude, Harvard College, Cambridge, Mass.
1969 Distinguished graduate, Naval Officer Candidate School, Newport, R.I.
1973 Master of Science degree in economics, with distinction, London School of Economics, London, England
1976 Doctor of law, magna cum laude, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Mass.

CAREER CHRONOLOGY
1. 1969 - 1972, U.S. Navy Reserve officer, Fleet Intelligence Center Atlantic, Norfolk, Va.
2. 1972 - 1973, Frank Knox Traveling Fellow, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
3. 1975 - 1976, president, Harvard Law Review
4. 1976 - 1977, law clerk to the Honorable J. Skelly Wright, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Washington, D.C.
5. 1977 - 1978, law clerk to the Honorable William J. Brennan, Jr., Supreme Court of the United States, Washington, D.C.
6. 1978 - 1984, associate, Williams & Connolly Law Firm, Washington, D.C.
7. 1984 - 1995, partner, Williams & Connolly Law Firm, Washington, D.C.
8. 1987 - 1994, member, Legal Ethics Committee, District of Columbia Bar, Washington, D.C.
9. 1988 - 1990, adjunct lecturer, government contracts, Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
10. 1990 - 1995, adjunct professor, advanced criminal procedure, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.
11. 1991 - 1993, member, Department of Defense Advisory Committee on Streamlining and Codifying Acquisition Law, Washington, D.C.
12. 1991 - 1996, chair, Rules of Professional Responsibility Review Committee, District of Columbia Bar, Washington, D.C.
13. 1993 - 1995, member, Rules Committee, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, Washington, D.C.
14. 1995 - 1997, Principal Deputy General Counsel, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C.
15. 1996 - 1997, government representative, Defense Science Board study on vertical merger policy, Washington, D.C.
16. 1997 - 1999, Undersecretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C.
17. 1999 - present, Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C.

AWARDS AND HONORS
Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service with Bronze Palm
Sears Prize, Harvard Law School
Frank Knox Fellowship, Harvard University
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
National Defense Service Medal

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
American Bar Association
Fellow, American Bar Foundation
District of Columbia Bar
Bars of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Federal, 3rd and 11th circuits
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for Maryland
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
U.S. Tax Court


(Current as of March 2000)

Engage

Facebook Twitter
RT @US_EUCOM: Flanked by @US_EUCOM Joint Color Guard, @POTUS makes #ArmisticeDay100 remarks at Suresnes American Cemetery on November 11, 2…
.@LukeAFB #K9 unit trained with @AZNationalGuard #Medics to familiarize themselves with giving dogs medical attenti… https://t.co/zVSMrUkucN
Reflections show us who we are. Strong, determined, lethal, always ready...we like what we are seeing.… https://t.co/zsWQwyMSj4
Originally known as “Armistice Day” to mark the end of WWI, #VeteransDay was officially established in 1954 by Pres… https://t.co/srjqsQD6FD
SOUND ON: Bells across the country will be tolling at 11 a.m. local time to mark the centennial of World War I & to… https://t.co/JyrdK1ZDnf
.@AirNatlGuard Aircrew Flight Equipment #Airmen help the176th Wing aircrew breathe easy. @JBER_newshttps://t.co/qh4fwPIoTi
#ICYMI: @ACC_Commander visited @TeamTyndall for the second time since #HurricaneMichael caused catastrophic damage… https://t.co/UdPGIsFW4S
RT @FallonTonight: Jimmy Fallon partners with @TMobile and uses a game of Whisper Challenge to reunite a military veteran with her active-d…
An #Airman tells her story of #surviving #domesticviolence and #abuse, overcoming pain for justice. @jointbasemdlhttps://t.co/pVWyNZPyVr
Happy Birthday to our sister service. #MarineCorpsBirthday https://t.co/8D0TIfyjRB
.@Macdill_AFB #Airman reunited with his wife and met his first child when he returned from #deployment.… https://t.co/TGjip4zZBA
#MoodyAFB #Airmen test their #CBRN survival skills in readiness exercise Flying Tiger. https://t.co/RfFk69gMPJ https://t.co/mLjvve07WA
RT @PACAF: .@374AirliftWing #Airmen conduct rapid airfield damage repair training, enhancing capabilities and improving infrastructure resi…
#Airmen from the @116ACW deployed to distribute supplies for #HurricaneMichael relief. @AirNatlGuardhttps://t.co/O4ojoyiRgy
RT @SecAFOfficial: Thanks to @elmo & @AbbyCadabbySST for stopping by to help me encourage kids to reach for the stars. Fueling the natural…
#TeamOsan #Airmen develop a new approach to weapon loading operations https://t.co/ByhGRF008j https://t.co/UFCw8AuPjI
.@USArmy and @USNavy helped out with the relief efforts to restore operations @TeamTyndall after #HurricaneMichael.… https://t.co/4VZwL5IvPb