Mark G. Beesley
Professional History Highlights

  • Deputy Director for Operations, National Military Command Center The Pentagon
  • Command Director Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station
  • Vice Director of Operations NORAD
  • Director of Plans NORAD


  • M.A., National Security Strategy, National Defense University
  • M.A., Public Administration Golden Gate University
  • M.A., Business Administration Golden Gate University
  • B.A., Science United States Air Force Academy

Brigadier General (retired) Mark Beesley has thirty years of successful leadership, project management, financial cost analysis, and responsibility, annual budgeting, innovation, and personnel management. He has a diverse background with military personnel, government civil servants, and companies serving the Department of Defense. He has a complete understanding of the Department of Defense Biannual Planning, Programming, and Budgeting System process. Brigadier General

Beesley is a fighter pilot with 2900 flying hours in -15C/E and F-16 aircraft, Space certified, and security clearances including Life Style polygraph, Top Secret, special Compartmented Information. Brigadier General Beesley is a quick study, able to grasp key issues on tough projects.

Brigadier General Beesley led team responsible for strategic monitoring of worldwide events. He was the decision maker responsible for executing command and control for air, space, missile, ground, and maritime operations. He was the Commander and leader of 1493 instructors and students with an annual budget of over $75 million. He successfully met student graduation requirements with zero major aircraft accidents.

Brigadier General Beesley managed primary oversight of a 25% resource reduction in personnel and aircraft and an annual budget reduction from $117 billion to $100 billion. He programmed future budgeting of a major acquisition from research and development through system testing and low rate initial production. He was directly responsible for executing a $6 million annual joint exercise budget.

Brigadier General Beesley was solely responsible for configuration control in the air operations center for two democratic allied countries. He provided leadership and oversight of the operational and testing committee for configuration of all systems and testing within the confines of the Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center. He brought on-board a new Air Force visual simulator advancing combat tactics and weapons.

Brigadier General Beesley provided direct oversight of the Joint Requirements Oversight Council that approved the high altitude airship advanced concept technology demonstrator; a future command and control, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance platform. He led group of North American Aerospace Defense Command personnel that started and strategically planned the nation’s newest combatant command, The Northern Command.

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