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BGR’s bipartisan Defense and Critical Technologies Practice represents clients on a wide range of issues spanning traditional defense and homeland security, space and intelligence, and cyber and global supply chain issues, both domestically and internationally. These efforts touch Congress and the Administration on behalf of major defense and aerospace companies, cutting-edge emerging technology start-ups, manufacturing suppliers, government service providers, veterans’ organizations, and nonprofits. From shaping policy and federal budgetary issues to acquisition authorizations and appropriations, BGR’s insider understanding of national security issues and unparalleled network of government relationships deliver results.

BGR also understands that emerging critical technologies are driving the future of national security innovation and the global commercial economy. The dual-purpose nature of artificial intelligence/machine learning, quantum science, microelectronics, hypersonics, directed energy, biotechnology, cybersecurity, big data analytics, space technology, and autonomous systems are accelerating global investment and growth. The BGR team provides subject matter expertise, real-time intelligence, and personal relationships to influence the full spectrum of decision-makers, helping companies that are disrupting the status quo, and enabling their growth and success.

Today’s companies providing national security capabilities, space systems, healthcare for veterans, military construction, government services, and logistics operations require advocacy for diverse domestic and international business models that span multiple sectors. The ability for companies to cultivate strategic relationships, shape authorizations and appropriations language across multiple pieces of legislation, and expand corporate brand awareness will be game changers. BGR’s Defense and Critical Technologies practice works collaboratively with experts throughout the firm to meet client needs.

Offerings / Capabilities

Congressional Outreach and Advocacy
Executive Branch Engagement
Strategic Advising and Intelligence

Congressional Outreach and Advocacy

BGR assists clients by engaging with the relevant congressional committees and key stakeholders to cultivate champions and build congressional support through the annual authorization and appropriations process. BGR helps clients build and strengthen relationships with members of Congress, their staff, and key committees to help achieve their legislative priorities. Our team uses its deep experience and influence to shape national security policy and programmatic funding through the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and annual appropriations bills.

Executive Branch Engagement

For defense companies, forging strategic partnerships with the Executive Branch is of paramount importance. However, navigating the intricate organizational structure and bureaucracy of the Department of Defense (DOD) can be a formidable challenge. BGR’s robust relationships across the Executive Branch including the DOD, the Intelligence Community, and the White House enable clients to engage directly with the decision-makers that shape national security policy. Several members of BGR’s Defense and Critical Technologies Practice have over 30 years of experience across the Army, Navy, and Marine Cops as well as deep Pentagon experience within OSD and the Joint Staff. BGR helps clients build and expand their networks within the Executive Branch and influence policy, planning, and budgeting within the Pentagon, individual services, the White House, and beyond. BGR’s considerable access within the DOD and the administration complements legislative efforts to deliver effective results for clients.

Strategic Advising and Intelligence

BGR provides continual situational awareness and political intelligence on critical issues that provide clients with both opportunities and risks. The political environment in Washington remains heavily focused on emerging technologies and defense industrial base sustainment. BGR provides real-time intelligence and insights on legislation moving through both chambers of Congress that impact defense companies both large and small. Additionally, BGR monitors relevant industry news, nonpublic congressional reports, draft legislation, and correspondence to provide insights on national security policy changes and legislative developments. Our experts provide insider information on the political and national security developments in Washington and provide timely awareness to inform critical decisions and actions.

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