The powerhouse lobbying firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP announced a new "strategic alliance" with Jones Group International (JGI), the Vienna, Va.-based consulting firm led by President Obama's former national security advisor, retired Marine Corps Gen. James L. Jones.
Jones was a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as the commandant of the Marine Corps, the service's top officer. Prior, he held the world's coolest job title, supreme allied commander, as head of NATO forces.
"Gen. Jones and his team are a great fit for us," said R. Bruce McLean, Akin Gump chairman, in a release citing Jones' reputation in "national security, energy and global competitiveness."
Jones worked on national security energy issues as president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for 21st Century Energy and his firm provides consulting in leadership and international affairs.
"The world is rapidly changing, and navigating the nuances of the many political, business and economic issues that arise between the public and private sectors is increasingly challenging," Jones said, in the release, saying he would work for Akin Gump's clients.
It is not Jones' first foray into DC lobbying. In July, Van Scoyoc Associates tapped Jones for an advisory board - he did not register as a lobbyist - along with a former defense industry executive from Textron Inc.
Akin Gump tallied $38 million in lobbying income in 2011, according Senate filings compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics' lobbying database at OpenSecrets.org.
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