Ramping up its efforts to prevent base closures, Florida has signed a new contract for advocacy work with the Principi Group, a Virginia-based firm that represents a number of state-based organizations and bills itself as “the most experienced Base Realignment and Closure team in the nation.”
The firm was founded by Anthony Principi, a former secretary of Veterans Affairs who chaired the 2005 BRAC Commission, and Charles Battaglia, who served as the commission’s executive director.
Last year, the state of Florida had hired the Principi Group to conduct a study of its military bases. And last week, it disclosed that it’s retaining the firm to begin using that study to lobby on behalf of the state’s military bases, following the Pentagon’s decision to once again propose a new round of BRAC in 2015 as part of its budget request for FY14.
Battaglia told POLITICO’s Morning Defense. “We’re bringing the attention of officials in Congress and the Pentagon to our assessments of [Florida’s] bases and the strengths that those bases bring to our national security,” Battaglia said.