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K Street eyes a return of earmarks to boost business

By Kate Ackley | Roll Call | February 23, 2021 But congressionally directed spending won’t look like the old days Congressional earmarks practically built the modern lobbying business. And though the influence sector has endured a decade without them, the likely return of member-directed federal spending has sent cautious jubilation down K Street. With earmarks poised…

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What the defense industry is seeing and saying about the election

By: Joe Gould | November 2, 2020 | Defense News WASHINGTON ― Anyone will tell you this is the most important election in U.S. history ― unless they happen to run a major American defense firm. In earnings call after earnings call, defense industry executives projected calm ahead of Tuesday’s election, mainly because they see the coronavirus pandemic carrying greater uncertainty…

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PODCAST: Listen to Michael Herson Weekly on “Defense & Aerospace Report”

On this Roundtable episode of the Defense & Aerospace Report Podcast, sponsored by Bell, our guests are Dov Zakheim, PhD, former DoD comptroller, now with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Dr Gordon Adams, the senior White House budget official for national security during the Clinton administration who is now a distinguished fellow at…

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Pentagon Budget Plan to Pit Ships Against Nuclear Arms, Aircraft

Bloomberg Government | Posted February 25, 2020 | By Roxana Tiron and Travis J. Tritten The Pentagon’s decision to curtail naval shipbuilding next year is becoming a call to arms for both Republicans and Democrats in Congress who will have to find billions of dollars to fund vessels they say are crucial to dominating the seas as…

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ADI President, Michael Herson, joins another Defense & Aerospace Podcast Roundtable

On this Roundtable episode of the Defense & Aerospace Report Podcast, guests include Byron Callan of the independent equity research firm Capital Alpa Partners, Michael Herson, President and CEO, American Defense International and Teri Schultz, a Brussels-based freelance reporter for National Public Radio; Ilan Berman of the American Foreign Policy Council; Lt. Gen.Bruce “Orville” Wright,…

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ADI President, Michael Herson, joins Defense & Aerospace Podcast Roundtable

Listen in on the Defense & Aerospace Report Podcast where Michael Herson, President of American Defense International, joins other experts to discuss hot topics on Capitol Hill and around the world in the defense space. Other guests include Gordon Adams, PhD, Non-Resident Fellow at the Quincy Institute, Dov Zakheim, PhD, former DoD comptroller, now with the Center…

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Defense lobbyist on Congress, NDAA: ‘Every year is different’

The Hill | December 3, 2019 | By Ellen Mitchell As much as things change from year to year, Michael Herson understands that when it comes to Congress, it’s just business. The president and co-owner of American Defense International (ADI) has long stood as one of Washington’s top defense industry lobbyists, but sometimes the desires…

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McCollum, Ryan possible successors for defense spending gavel

CQ | Nov. 6, 2019 | By Jennifer Shutt The House Appropriations Committee will lose another senior Democrat in the 117th Congress, as Defense Subcommittee Chairman Peter J. Visclosky joins Nita M. Lowey, the full committee chairwoman, and Commerce-Justice-Science Subcommittee Chairman José E. Serrano in retirement. Visclosky’s departure opens up one of the most coveted positions on Capitol Hill, controlling nearly…

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Surprise retirement shakes up defense spending in Congress

Defense News | By: Joe Gould |  5 November 2019 House Appropriations subcommittee Chairman Rep. Peter Visclosky, D-Ind., and Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn. listen to testimony during a hearing on U.S. Air Force budget request for FY 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) WASHINGTON ― Defense budgeting will see…

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THORNBERRY’S CHIEF OF STAFF HEADS TO K STREET

THORNBERRY’S CHIEF OF STAFF HEADS TO K STREET: Josh Martin, the longtime chief of staff to Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), is heading to defense lobbying firm American Defense International, where he’ll be vice president for government affairs, POLITICO‘s Connor O’Brien reports. Thornberry, the ranking member and former chairman of the powerful House Armed Services Committee,…

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