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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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Big Win for ADI Client Meggitt PLC

Meggitt won a $751.2 million deal to provide advanced engine components for Pratt and Whitney. Meggitt is a British engineering business established in the 1940s. It specializes in aerospace equipment. Pratt and Whitney is an American aerospace manufacturer that supplies engines for US fighter jets. The 10-year contract with the engine maker is to supply…

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Big Tech firms march to the beat of Pentagon, CIA despite dissension

By Tim Johnson | McClatchy | June 4, 2018 A funny thing has happened to Google and Amazon on their path toward high-tech success: They have become crucial cogs in the U.S. national security establishment. Both companies are expanding teams of employees with security clearances to work on projects that include deploying artificial intelligence and building digital “clouds” to…

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Defense contractors face more aggressive ransomware attacks

By Olivia Beavers | The Hill | April 13, 2018 Cybersecurity experts say defense contractors are facing more aggressive attacks as nation states and other hacking groups increasingly use malicious software to block information or manipulate data. The companies that provide U.S. military and intelligence agencies with products and services have long faced espionage-motivated attacks.…

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Speaker Ryan’s retirement will have major impact on House defense debates

By: Leo Shane III and Joe Gould | Defense News  | April 11, 2018 WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul Ryan’s surprise retirement announcement Wednesday ensures a dramatic overhaul in congressional leadership next year, which could have wide-ranging effects on defense debates in an already politically fractured legislature. Ryan, R-Wisc., said in a press conference Wednesday he will step down from his leadership…

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Checks and Balance: The Appetite for Pork May Not Satisfy the Hunger for Change

By Kate Ackley | CQ Magazine | February 5, 2018 Lawmakers almost certainly won’t resurrect earmarks before the November elections, but they’ve moved their debate from the secretive confines of something resembling a Dead Earmarks Society meeting to the public view of congressional hearings. And with good reason: Those pots of federal money handed out…

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Top Lobbyists 2017: Hired Guns

By The Hill Staff | The Hill | November 2, 2017 © Greg Nash Josh Ackil and Matt Tanielian, Franklin Square Group Companies large and small rely on this tech-centric lobbying firm, which this year delved into big issues like broadband access and intellectual property enforcement. Andy Barbour, Smith-Free Group   As a financial services pro, it’s…

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