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Lt Col Brent L. Peterson is a National Security Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He is a Command Pilot with more than 2,600 flight hours, primarily in the F-15E, and has flown 124 combat missions for more than 720 hours and 25 combat support missions totaling more than 66 hours. 

He received his commission from the United States Air Force Academy in 2006 with a BS of Aeronautical Engineering.  He also has a MA of Military Operational Art and Science, and a MA of Philosophy and Strategy from Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL.

Lt Col Peterson has extensive deployment experience and served abroad in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Odyssey Dawn, Operation Inherent Resolve, and recently deployed from Oct ’21-April ‘22 to uphold NATO’s territorial integrity in the months leading up to and including the first months of Russia’s war with Ukraine. He also deployed to various other operations in Southwest Asia and Africa. 

He graduated from the U.S. Air Force’s Weapons Instructor Course in 2015, Air Command and Staff College in 2018, with a concentration as a Multi-Domain Operational Strategist, and from the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies in 2019. During his previous assignment he served as the Director of Operations and Deputy Commander for the 335th Fighter Squadron, and as Commander of the 336th Fighter Squadron, prior to his final role as Deputy Commander of the 4th Operations Group. The 4th Operations Group consists of 599 personnel, 94 F-15E aircraft worth $5.5 billion, and 6 squadrons that execute one of the largest annual flying operations in the U.S. Air Force.

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