Austin Smiley '13
Austin Smiley '13

Student Research Spotlight

Lobbying in the Defense Aerospace Industry

by Austin Smiley '13

Summary: As traditionally military and government-regulated ventures like space travel are commoditized, aerospace defense firms have an increasing interest in contributing to policy and legislation creation. Lobbying, negatively viewed by some, is one way for these firms to ensure their voice is heard. This study reviewed the lobbying actions of various firms and found that three firms spend almost $13 million more per year than the next closest competitor.

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