Alex Beehler

Alex Albert Beehler, J.D. (Juris Doctor)

Research Professor and Assistant Secretary of the Army (IE&E)
Address: Virginia
United States
[email protected]

Alex currently is the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment. For three years prior to his confirmation as Assistant Secretary, he was a Research Professor in the GW Environmental and Energy Management Institute specializing on water, public-private partnerships and sustainability issues. He continues to serve as a member of the Advisory Board of the Environmental and Energy Management Institute.



After graduating from law school, Alex spent 25 years both in private law practice as a corporate regulatory director and in several Federal agencies including 10 years in the U.S. Department of Justice as a senior trial attorney in the Environmental Enforcement Section's Environment and Natural Resources Division. He also is a former executive vice president of a government contracting company specializing in environmental services to the U.S. Army.

From 2004 to 2009, Alex held several key positions in the Department of Defense Office of the Secretary of Defense including: Acting Deputy Under-Secretary of Defense for Installations & Environment, Assistant Deputy Under-Secretary for Environment, Safety & Occupational Health (ESOH), and Principal Deputy to the Deputy Under-Secretary, with Top Secret clearance. Alex's responsibilities among many others in the Department of Defense included:

  • Head of ESOH Policy Office with direct supervision of 30 personnel including a budget of $125 million dollars.
  • First DoD Chief Sustainability Officer with responsibility for implementation of President's 2007 Executive Order 13423 on Energy, Environment & Transportation. 
  • The launching of the Senior Executive Steering Committee focused on integration of military operations from design to disposal, reducing hazardous chemical use by 20 percent, increasing procurement of green products by 25 percent, and addressing security issues related to reliance on foreign oil, greenhouse gases and international competition for resources.

At FaegreBD Consulting from 2009 to 2015, he provided strategic advice on environment, energy and sustainability matters for clients to government agencies, particularly to the U.S. Department of Defense and its military components.


1978 University of Virginia School of Law, J.D.

  • Virginia Journal of International Law, editorial board

1975 Princeton University, A.B.

  • Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
  • Woodrow Wilson School Scholar


  • Co-authored ―Defense-Funded Biofuels Program Can Spur Production and Lower Risks to U.S. Government,‖ National Defense Magazine (March 2012)
  • Authored ―Defense Energy Goals Require Collaboration with Sister Agencies,‖ National Defense Magazine (December 2009)
  • Authored ―Conservation and Compatible Land Use,‖ Live Better Magazine (August 2008)
  • Co-authored ―A Worldwide Laboratory‖, Environmental Forum ( November, December 2007)
  • Co-authored ―Sea Change at Defense‖, Environmental Forum (September/October 2005)
  • Co-authored "Contesting of CERCLA Recovery Costs: There is No Contest," Environmental Law Reporter (December 1992)


Professional Associations:

  • Member of the Bar: District of Columbia, State of Maryland, and Commonwealth of Virginia

Federal Advisory Committees:

  • Member, U.S. Department of Commerce and Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Industry Federal Advisory Committee on Customs Matters (1986 - 1990)
  • Member, U.S. Department of Interior, Federal Advisory Committee on Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration Advisory Committee (2005-2007)

Private Sector Boards:

  • Advisory Board, TechLaw Holdings, Inc., Chantilly, VA (2013 – present)
  • Public Sector Advisory Board, Constellation (Exelon), Baltimore, MD (2013 – 2015)

Non-Profit Affiliations:

  • Chairman of the Board, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Annapolis, MD (2013 – present); (board member since 2010)
  • Chairman Advisory Committee, National Center for Sustainable Development (2015 – present)
  • Advisory Board, Resources First Foundation, Yarmouth, ME (2013 – present)
  • Advisory Committee, New Course, Seattle, WA (2010 – present)
  • Member of the Board, Imagine Schools, Arlington, VA (2010 – present)
  • Advisory Board, Woodrow Wilson House (National Trust Property), Washington, D.C. (1991 – present)


  • U.S. Department of Defense — Medal for Exceptional Public Service, 2009

Faculty Positions:

  • George Washington University, National Law Center — "Superfund Settlements," Public Law and Policy Course, 1993‐95