Timothy McCleesVice President, Legislative Affairs
Vice President, Legislative Affairs
Timothy McClees is the Vice President for Legislative Affairs at the Aerospace Industries Association, responsible for leading legislative policy and advocacy work with members of Congress and their staff. He brings to this role more than three decades of experience in defense and governmental operations.
McClees most recently served at Peraton, LLC, a Virginia-based defense firm. There, he was responsible for managing U.S. Air Force intelligence and data storage and dissemination programs, with a collective value of over $50 million. Prior to Peraton, McClees was the Chief of Staff at Laurel Strategies, Inc., advising the Chief Executive Officer and overseeing the execution of long-term and crisis communications strategies for some of the most prominent leaders in the country and globally.
Previously, McClees served as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). He also served as the Deputy Staff Director (Minority) for the House Armed Services Committee, where he acted as principal advisor to Committee Chair Mac Thornberry (R-TX) and Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA) on issues involving defense research, development, testing and evaluation (RDT&E), space, intelligence, information technology, homeland security, irregular warfare, special operations, and small business concerns. In this role, McClees aided in the annual passage of the National Defense Authorization Act, and was instrumental in the passage of the 2013 NDAA, spearheading the effort to restore to the President the authority to transfer satellites and related items to the Commerce Control List.
Before his career in civilian defense, McClees served for 10 years in the U.S. Army as an intelligence analyst supporting tactical and national signals exploitation systems.