Sept. 4, 2013 — Well connected and ready to consult — Washington style. They are getting together under the banner, Beacon Global Strategies, with an initial address on L St. All recently had former positions working close to those at the highest level of government with a focus on international affairs and national security.
Those who worked with Hillary Clinton at the U.S. State Department are making the headlines: Philippe Reines, a former Clinton communications adviser who earlier worked for Democrat Rep. Jane Harman, and one-time national security adviser turned assistant secretary of state, Andrew Shapiro. They are joining forces with Jeremy Bash, who was last seen as chief of staff at both the CIA and Pentagon for former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, and Republican, Michael Allen, a White House staffer for President George W. Bush and staff director of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
Beacon Global Strategies, registered for business five months ago, claims its mission to be “Expanding Market Share at Home and Abroad,” and with an eye on advising U.S. companies “looking to expand their market share at home or abroad, and make sound business decisions that are impacted by government policies.”
The group has already outpaced its projected client list, now over a dozen. Beacon won’t name the companies on that list because of nondisclosure agreements, according to DefenseNews.
“We haven’t started this in a way that a lot of others have, which is that they’ve had their last big job in government and then they want to sail off and do something a little bit easier, a little bit lower key,” Bash boasts in an interview related by DefenseNews. “We’re highly motivated and highly energetic in that we’ve all spent the better part of the last decade in government, mostly in the national security arena. In terms of our experience, we take a back seat to nobody.”