Public Law and Policy > National Security and Defense Policy

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s national security and defense policy team includes lawyers and advisors with prominent backgrounds in the private sector, the military and the legislative and executive branches of government. Among our national security professionals are former Members of Congress with defense appropriations experience, an ambassador who led the Pentagon’s foreign military sales portfolio and a former Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Defense.

The defense team’s successful efforts include briefing Department of Defense and congressional decision-makers on how a client’s product, service or military installation supports the national security effort, then ensuring that necessary funding is available and that related legislative provisions support the initiative. Securing the desired result involves advocacy throughout the defense budgeting, appropriations and authorization processes—advocacy that is enhanced by our first-hand knowledge of Pentagon bureaucracy and the congressional process. Unlike many traditional lobbying firms that narrowly focus on Capitol Hill, our team brings the depth and relationships that allow us to advocate directly before the Pentagon’s leadership. We have ongoing contact with, and regularly advocate before, Pentagon offices and defense agencies. Our clients’ defense issues demand regular access to offices focused on installation and environmental issues, renewable energy, acquisition, technology, logistics, personnel and management, space and intelligence, command and control, and research and development.

Akin Gump’s outreach and advocacy extends to the numerous defense and intelligence agencies, the individual military services, the Department of Homeland Security and many other national security agencies. We also offer an extensive range of assistance in helping communities enhance their military bases—from both an economic development and an anti-base closure standpoint.

In conjunction with our strategic partners, Gen. James L. Jones, USMC (Ret.) and The Roosevelt Group, Akin Gump provides critical political insight and access to government decision-makers to help communities across the country facing possible military base closures. Working closely with our community partners, we have assisted communities in enhancing the viability of their facilities to prepare for future missions as well as in preparing for base realignment and closure actions. We advise our clients on the best methods to maximize the utility, relevance and cost-efficiency of local military facilities, keeping them a cornerstone of the nation’s national security architecture.