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Defense & Security

Josh Holly: Navigating Defense and the Budget in President Trump's Washington

Presented at SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing 2017.

27 April 2017, SPIE Newsroom. DOI: 10.1117/2.3201704.09

Josh Holly, Podesta Group (USA)Josh Holly, a former spokesman for the House Armed Services Committee and a lobbyist for Podesta Group with close ties to some big-hitters on Capitol Hill, has some pointed advice for photonics CEOs and others: engage, starting now, and keep at it, at every level from local to national.

In this industry presentation, Holly urges leaders in the photonics sector to tell their story at the local level, moving up to US senators, Congress members and cabinet-level offices.

"If you are not at the table, you're on the menu," Holly says. Or, quoting key White House adviser Steve Bannon, "If you are not in the room, you are out of the deal."

With close ties to Republican leadership and deep relationships with unelected members of the presidential transition team, Josh Holly offers Podesta Group clients varied legislative expertise from national security to education and workforce issues. He also draws upon a solid background in government acquisition policy to support clients interested in building or expanding their presence in the federal marketplace.