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Cassidy Chairman Barry Rhoads helps kick off the Association of Defense Communities 2016 National Summit today in Washington with a discussion on how to effectively engage the Department of Defense.


Cassidy & Associates is proud to sponsor Defense Communities 2016 National Summit this week in Washington. Understanding the mission of our nation’s military installations and the communities that support them and what it takes to be “at the ready” is the focus of this year’s annual summit.

Did you know just how great an impact these communities have on our nation’s economy?

  • With over 1.3 million men and women on active duty, and 742,000 civilian personnel, the Department of
    Defense is the nation’s largest employer.
  • The indirect and direct employment associated with the U.S. aerospace and defense industry is a minimum of 3.5 million jobs.
  • The Department of Defense utilizes over 30 million acres of land.
  • DoD has approximately 431,000 facilities or assets in the U.S.
  • The total industry generated an estimated $37.8 billion in wage and income-based taxes of employees to state and federal government treasuries.

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Interpublic’s Women’s Leadership Network (WLN) held a lunch seminar on career advancing this afternoon at the Cassidy office for its DC Chapter and featured Cassidy COO Jordan Bernstein as a panelist. IPG is the parent company of Cassidy & Associates and WLN is an empowered IPG-wide organization that promotes the advancement, retention and recruitment of women.

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Graduates of CUNY’s City College of New York experienced an extraordinary moment at their recent graduation ceremony as Michelle Obama gave her last commencement address as First Lady. More than 8,000 attended the event with extensive media coverage of her remarks. She was also presented with an honorary doctorate of humane letters by James Milliken, the chancellor of the City University of New York (CUNY). You can watch Mrs. Obama’s full address below.


Barry Rhoads BRACCassidy Chairman Barry Rhoads and the Cassidy BRAC Team were on site Friday in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania to assist the area’s Blue Ribbon Task Force in presenting an overview of the current Department of Defense budgetary environment and outlook for defense communities. The Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance supports the Tobyhanna Army Depot. 

The Times Leader reported the Cassidy Team “detailed key points on what needs to be said and done during a BRAC review.” It also quoted Barry telling community leaders, “Bad military bases are now closed… The good bases, like Tobyhanna, remain open.” Rhoads said the next BRAC review will focus on efficiency and maximum cost savings. “And the focus will be on closures over realignment,” he said.

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Have you ever wondered how long a satellite can last in space? You’re in luck, it’s Tech Tuesday and Cassidy client Inmarsat answers that question in a new episode of its video series, Space Bytes.


Senior Vice President Nicole Di Resta and her husband are featured in FOX News Sunday’s story on marriages that got their start in the office of U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer.


The Cassidy Defense Team delivered its analysis of New Jersey military installations last week as the Burlington County Times reports, “In a 168-page report, officials from Cassidy & Associates provide analysis of the current defense Fort Dixenvironment and the possibility of a new Base Realignment and Closure round in 2019, as well as the relative strengths, opportunities and challenges each of New Jersey’s remaining military installations might face during a BRAC, or from other defense cuts.”

The paper reported New Jersey officials welcomed the report, “Cassidy & Associates provided sound advice to New Jersey officials during previous base closure rounds, and that the firm’s new recommendations should carry significant weight.”

The article quotes former New Jersey Congressman Jim Saxton applauding Cassidy’s work, saying, “They have been our ace in the hole for years and years.”

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View Glass 2Cassidy client View is giving USA Today the first behind the scenes look at how it creates its Smart Glass at its 300,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Olive Branch, Miss.

USA Today reports View “is making high-tech windows that have the potential to bring to buildings what high-resolution touchscreens did for smartphones.”

“The result is smart glass that increases energy efficiency and promises better worker productivity, via technology accessed through an app.”

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CUNY in DCMalave Scholars of The City University of New York (CUNY), a Cassidy client, are on Capitol Hill this week discussing higher education reform, food security, and affordable housing with staff members from the New York Congressional Delegation including U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer and U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries as well as the House Agriculture Committee.

The CUNY Malave Academy provides an advanced level of co-curricular opportunities for students who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership on their campuses and in their communities. This unique program develops leadership values and skills through experiential civic engagement, advocacy activities, and leadership competency training. The Malave students learn how to be effective leaders both within CUNY and their own communities.


Cassidy CEO Kai Anderson spoke to Greenwire today on action he expects from Congress for the remainder of 2016 when it comes to energy and environmental issues.

There is also consideration of the Water Resources Development Act and energy tax credits that some lawmakers tried to Greenwireattach to the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill. In addition, there is legislation on chemical safety reform, as well as the reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, according to Kai Anderson, CEO of Cassidy & Associates.

“There is plenty of unfinished business at the end of any two-year Congress. Some pieces can be finished up this year. Some pieces need to be advanced as far as possible so that they can be fast out of the gate in the next Congress with a new president,” Anderson said.

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Tri Alpha Energy recently welcomed Congressman Mark Takano (CA) to its state-of-the-art facility, briefing him on its progress and the exciting potential for fusion-powered electricity technology. Congressman Takano met with Chief Science Officer for Tri Alpha Dr. Toshiki Tajima, along with CEO Dr. Dale Prouty and CTO Dr. Michl Binderbauer, who showcased the latest reactor version that has the ability to hold its plasma stable for 5 milliseconds.

Tri Alpha Energy is developing world-changing clean fusion energy technology for the near future.


ACORE Renewable Energy ForumNational and global policies are reshaping the renewable energy marketplace and today leaders across government, industry and academia are in Washington for the ACORE National Renewable Energy Policy Forum. Cassidy & Associates is a proud member of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) and supporter of the annual gathering.

Cassidy Senior Vice President Dave Belote is at the event with Cassidy clients as the forum discusses and debates the best way to fully implement a roadmap for a low-carbon future. From the changing electricity marketplace to expanding capital for renewables and prospects for the Clean Power Plan, all are a part of today’s forum to help unite business, policy and finance to accelerate the transition to a renewable energy economy.


US Army Womens FoundationMarch is Women’s History Month and today Washington hosts the 8th Annual U.S. Army Women’s Foundation Summit. Cassidy Senior Vice President Michelle Greene is on site at the event as a member of the foundation’s advisory board.

The Summit brings together experts on defense, economic, political, health and social issues effecting soldiers. Attendees examine the changing military missions and roles of Army women and the challenges they face transitioning back to civilian life.

Michelle, a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel, has more than 20 years of leadership experience in the U.S. Army. Before joining Cassidy & Associates Michelle finished her Army career serving as the Chief of Congressional Affairs in the U.S. Army’s Office of the Surgeon General and an Army Budget Congressional Liaison. She is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.


InmarsatSatellite technology is transforming the way we live, work, and interact on a global scale and this week Washington plays host to the most important global satellite communications event of the year, SATELLITE. Cassidy Executive Vice President Terry Paul and Cassidy Vice President Vern Simmons are attending the annual event with Cassidy client Inmarsat, a lead sponsor.

The event brings together thousands of participants from around the world to focus on key global issues facing the industry. Inmarsat SVP for Government Strategy Inmarsat 2and Policy Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch is a featured participant at the event leading a panel discussion on the turning point for the Department of Defense in satellite acquisition and deployment. The panel included experts from the Pentagon, industry, and media.


Former Congressman Nick Rahall of West Virginia has joined Cassidy & Associates as a Senior Advisor. A centrist Democrat, he represented West Virginia’s Third District and was the dean of state’s congressional delegation serving for 38 years from 1977 to 2015.Nick_Rahall

Congressman Rahall served as Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee from 2007 to 2011 and was the Ranking Member on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee from 2011-2015.

A quarter of the bills he sponsored while in Congress related to public lands and natural resources. As Chairman, he worked to honor the Committee’s charge of serving the natural environment, wild lands, scenic vistas, fish and wildlife, Native Americans, and the public interest.

“We are pleased to have Congressman Rahall on board and the opportunity to rely on his expertise and network as we work to broaden our practices related to natural resource, public lands, transportation and infrastructure issues,” said Cassidy CEO Kai Anderson.

Kai added, “As a well-regarded leader with a track record of balancing conservation and development, Congressman Rahall knows the trends and players and can help us build on our success and capabilities in variety of pursuits.”

Congressman Rahall noted, “Cassidy has a top-notch team. I know firsthand of its impeccable work and how they work effectively to educate and empower Washington with the facts, insights and strategies so the government can make well-informed decisions.”

Read more on Congressman Rahall joining Cassidy at The Washington Post >>>


The leaders of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) are expected to have another go at the comprehensive energy bill in the coming days.

Meanwhile, Cassidy Vice President Kaleb Froehlich is outlining important takeaways from the bill in Cassidy’s new online video series Policy Point. The series launched today, will feature the expertise and background of the team of public policy experts at Cassidy. Kaleb served for nearly six years as Senior Counsel to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and its ranking member at the time, Sen. Murkowski.


Trout UnlimitedCassidy is proud to help honor volunteers of Trout Unlimited Veterans Service Partnership (VSP) tonight as the organization hosts its annual dinner in Washington. VSP is a nation-wide effort working with multiple organizations to use fishing and conservation as a way for wounded veterans to heal and find community through TU’s network of chapters.

Cassidy CEO Kai Anderson is a member of the event’s host committee and also serves on the Trout Unlimited Board of Trustees. 151 TU chapters in 39 states have helped 6,150 veterans to date through VSP and donated more than 194,000 hours in support of veterans.


Cassidy client Inmarsat works every day with DoD agencies creating powerful solutions that help meet military mission Inmarsatrequirements and leverage advances in commercial satellite communications capability. But more can be done to further integrate commercial capabilities and Inmarsat Senior Vice President for Government Strategy and Policy Rebecca M. Cowen-Hirsch is taking a closer look at what is being done in this “new era for the DoD and space.”

Cowen-Hirsch writes in a recent blog how proposed shifts in space policy and the adoption of a “satcom-as-a-service” model will usher in the next age of innovation in space.

“It is an era of uncertainty, as we cannot fully know the intent of our enemies, just as we cannot predict when and where the next natural disaster will compel our humanitarian assistance. It is also an age of opportunity to push SATCOM innovation to extraordinary levels of performance, as industry leaders work with government agencies to augment MILSATCOM with ideal coverage, capabilities, reliability, capacity, resiliency and security. With this, the military community will best position itself to prepare for any challenge, with completely secured access to the space assets needed to get the job done.”

Read more of her blog here>>>


Cassidy Arctic Symposium SeattleNational security, economic development and the environment were all topics tackled at the recent Arctic Encounter Symposium in Seattle. Cassidy Vice President Kaleb Froehlich was on site as a featured moderator to discussions at the largest annual Arctic policy event in the United States.

Cassidy & Associates was proud to sponsor the Seattle event and its international counterpart in Paris as part of the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (COP 21) in December.

The AES mission is to raise awareness, engage challenges, and develop solutions for the future of the Arctic region and its people.


Cassidy Carrer FairCassidy’s Jesse Barba was sharing career tips and advice with high school and college students over the weekend at the Capital Partners for Education (CPE) annual career fair at the National Press Club in Washington.

A couple hundred students attended the event where Jesse outlined how they could become engaged in public policy and land a job on Capitol Hill. He also explained Cassidy’s commitment and importance of maintaining integrity and professionalism, as you’re an advocate for your client’s interest.

The annual career fair is an opportunity for students to explore a variety of professions and practice their interviewing skills. CPE is a mentoring and college success program for low-income students living in the Washington, DC area.


The Washington PostState of the Union 2016 takes a look at the “winners and losers” in last night’s State of the Union Address by President Barack Obama and talks to Cassidy CEO Kai Anderson about the clean energy sector’s significant role in the speech. Kai tells Post reporter Catherine Ho, “It’s a tremendous business opportunity for folks who are part of the innovation economy.”

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fed-energy-logo-greyWhat are four of the biggest issues facing the Defense Department and other federal agencies in overall sustainability of federal assets? The Cassidy Energy Team will help answer that question at the DOD/Federal Energy and Water Forum today in Washington.

Cassidy is a lead sponsor of the event co-hosted by The National Council for Public-Private Partnerships (NCPPP) and the Association of Defense Communities (ADC). The Forum offers energy and water industry leaders the opportunity to provide critical feedback on current federal initiatives and develop solutions to real-world issues.

Dave Belote and Amelia Jenkins, both senior vice presidents at Cassidy, will be on site at today’s event. Amelia, who served as Deputy Staff Director and Senior Policy Advisor to the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources prior to joining Cassidy in April, is a featured panelist and moderator.


1442187466700As the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (COP 21) in Paris wraps up, Cassidy & Associates is a lead sponsor of the only Arctic policy and economics event at the global gathering held today and through the weekend. Arctic Encounter Paris 2015, and later the third annual Arctic Encounter Symposium (AES) in Seattle on January 15, 2016 is led by University of Washington School of Law. AES Paris hosts global leaders and experts to critically address challenges and realizing the Arctic’s full potential while collaborating on solutions.

The Seattle symposium is the largest annual Arctic policy event in the United States and will bring together policymakers, industry leaders, and leading experts to confront the leading issues in Arctic policy, innovation, and development. Cassidy Vice President Kaleb Froehlich, also serves as a member of the AES leadership team.


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Cassidy sponsors Defense Energy Summit 2015

The Cassidy Energy Team is in Austin this week joining global innovation, business and defense leaders for the
Defense Energy Summit 2015. Cassidy & Associates is returning as a sponsor of the annual event that focuses on building a new Defense Energy Center of Excellence and efforts to accelerate clean energy and infrastructure solutions for the U.S. Department of Defense in support of national security and the warfighter.

On site in Texas is Cassidy CEO Kai Anderson along with Executive Vice President Russ Thomasson. Senior Vice President Dave Belote is a featured speaker on Wednesday, discussing operational strategies and mobilizing stakeholders to prepare, respond, recover and adapt to change.


ThePractice_CoverImage_Nov2015-112x150Lawyers in Politics is the cover story to November’s issue of Harvard Law School’s online magazine, The Practice, and Cassidy Chairman Barry Rhoads spoke to the magazine on the question of whether lobbying is lawyering.

The Practice reported… Recalling his first meetings with a community group relating to a pending base closure—Rhoads was involved in the Department of Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission—he notes, “I treated this representation just like any other legal matter. At that time, there were few lawyers in the rural areas where these military bases were located, so the clients were just impressed to have anyone come and represent them.” Summing up, he says, “I’ve been practicing law every day quite frankly. That’s why I think I’m good at what I do—because of my legal background.”


Cassidy and Associates Veterans DayOn this Veteran’s Day, a special thanks to our colleagues for their service. Thank you.

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Arthur Mason – A native of Brookline, Massachusetts, Arthur was a member of the United States Army and served in the infantry as a first lieutenant and captain in Vietnam. While a company commander, he was awarded the Silver Star for Gallantry in Action, the Bronze Star, three Air Medals, a Valorous Unit Citation, and numerous other declarations.

Dave Belote  Dave is a retired Air Force colonel and F-16 pilot who earned two Bronze Stars during Operation Iraqi Freedom and served as commander for Nellis Air Force Base.

Byron S. Bagby – Major General Bagby retired from the U.S. Army after more than 33 years of service. He held command positions in the 82d and 101st Airborne Divisions, and was Deputy Commander of the 10th Mountain Division in Afghanistan. He served in executive leadership positions on the Army Staff in the Office of the Director of Programs and on the Joint Staff in the Directorate of Strategic Plans and Policy. He has also served as Commandant of Joint Forces Staff College; Chief of Staff of U.S. Army, Europe; and as Chief of U. S. Security Assistance in Egypt the largest security cooperation operation in the world.

Terry Paul – General Paul is best known in Washington for his experience as the Marine Corps liaison officer in the U.S. Senate, a post he held for an unprecedented ten years until he was promoted to General Officer and assigned to the Pentagon. During his military career as an infantry officer, he served in various command and staff positions at virtually every echelon from platoon through division. He was co-founder of the renowned Marine’s Infantry Officers School and a distinguished graduate of the Marine Corps University Command and Staff College in Quantico, VA. Terry was presented the nation’s highest peacetime award, the Distinguished Service Medal, upon departure from the Corps.

Barry Rhoads – Barry retired from the United States Army after 22 years of service, holding the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. After returning from service as a war crimes prosecutor during the first Gulf War, Barry was named Deputy General Counsel to the 1991 Department of Defense Base Realignment and Closure Commission.

Vernon Simmons  Vern came to Cassidy and Associates following a distinguished military career where he served in a variety of leadership and financial positions across all levels of the U.S. Air Force. In his most recent assignment, he served as Deputy Chief of the U.S. Air Force Budget and Appropriations Liaison Division. He also held the position of Assistant for Congressional issues in the U.S. Air Force, Budget and Appropriations Liaison Division. He served for two years as the Budget Director of the Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, and held other notable positions including Commander of a 50-person Air Force Comptroller Squadron at Seymour Air Force Base, North Carolina and U.S. Air Force Budget Analyst at the Pentagon.

Sean Rollins – Sean served as a U.S. Army Military Police Officer.

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Russ Thomassson – Russ served as an Intelligence Officer in the U.S. Air Force.

Michelle Greene  Michelle has more than 20 years of leadership experience in the U.S. Army serving as the Chief of Congressional Affairs in the U.S. Army’s Office of the Surgeon General and an Army Budget Congressional Liaison. She is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

Christopher Cole   Rear Admiral Cole retired from active service in January 2004 after 32 years of military leadership and experience with the United States Navy. He was selected for Flag rank in 1997 and has served as the Commander of U.S. Naval Forces Korea, Commander of Navy Region Mid- Atlantic in Norfolk, Virginia, and Director of the Office of Chief Naval Operations’ Ashore Readiness Division. His personal decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (4), the Meritorious Service Medal (4), and the Navy Commendation Medal.

Gary Krump   Judge Gary J. Krump served as the Chairman & Chief Judge of the Department of Veterans Affairs Board of Contract Appeals. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Gary served in a variety of senior roles in the Department of Veterans Affairs, including serving as the VA’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Materiel Management. A career member of the Senior Executive Service, Gary served in many other capacities within the Department, including Acting Assistant Secretary for Acquisitions and Facilities, Director of the Office of Real Property Management, Director of Acquisition Management Service, and as Deputy Assistant General Counsel.

Dennis Vaughan   Rear Admiral Vaughan served as Program Executive Officer (PEO) for Navy’s Mine Warfare; Chief of Naval Reserve; Deputy Commander of Military Sealift Command Pacific and Far East; and, Commander of Naval Inshore Undersea Warfare Group ONE, in addition to other assignments. In all, Rear Admiral Vaughan has had 13 commands including Command at Sea and Command Ashore, and has served in critical operations in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Croatia, Haiti, and Vietnam.

 


Cassidy National Security InsightsIt’s a starting point, not finish line on Capitol Hill following last week’s bipartisan budget deal that boosts defense spending by $40 billion over two fiscal years and the Cassidy Team has advice for stakeholders… ramp up your Hill efforts.

A Cassidy national security policy memo, released today, provides details of the deal, the important take-aways, and next steps expected on the Hill including… “As Congress wraps up consideration on FY’16 bills and begins debating FY’17 bills, it will make important policy and spending decisions on a multitude of national security programs.”

For more information and a copy of the national security policy memo, contact Kevin Binger at kbinger@cassidy.com.


Cassidy Associates U.S. CapitolThe Hill newspaper has singled out Cassidy’s Co-Chairmen Kai Anderson and Barry Rhoads as some of Washington’s best in its annual list of Top Lobbyists. The paper notes Cassidy is “thriving under the leadership of Anderson and Rhoads.”

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cuny-logoThe City University of New York (CUNY) plans to invest $42 million in the expansion of a program that has impressive results in improving graduation rates. CUNY Chancellor James B. Milliken made the announcement in a keynote address at the 46th annual Association of Community College Trustees Leadership Congress.

“I believe community colleges hold the key to solving our most vexing challenges to national competitiveness,” Milliken said. “In addition to national destinies, higher education changes individual lives profoundly.”

The New York Daily News reported, that CUNY’s Bronx campus is being designated an Accelerated Study in Associate Programs, or ASAP, college where students receive extra tutoring and academic support, as well as financial help for books and MetroCards.

Milliken said the $42 million in city funds will allow ASAP to expand from 4,000 students to 25,000 students across all CUNY associate programs by 2018.

Learn more about the announcement here >>