Security Contractors Try Friendly Persuasion

By Judy Sarasohn
Thursday, December 22, 2005

Everyone could use a little peace -- actually, a lot of peace -- no less the angelically named International Peace Operations Association.

IPOA members are private security contractors that, for a price, are helping enforce peace and provide logistical support in Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa and other very dicey locations. More than 150 employees of security contractors have been killed during the Iraq conflict.

Members of the trade group include such companies as Blackwater, ArmorGroup, Olive Group and OSSI-Safenet. They seek to promote the use of private companies for security operations and avoid new government regulations that they say might be workable in one country but not in another. IPOA says its mission is also to promote high industry standards.

"The better you can do peace and stabilization operations, the more people will be alive afterward," said Doug Brooks , IPOA president.

The Alexander Strategy Group , a Republican lobby shop that represents Blackwater, filed in recent weeks to lobby on behalf of IPOA. The main lobbyists on the account are Anne Duke and Paul Behrends , a former national security adviser to Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.).

Brooks said Alexander has done mostly PR-type work and set up meetings on the Hill. With fewer than 20 members, IPOA is too small to afford a full-fledged lobbying operation, Brooks said. "We work through our members," he said.

Freshening Their Makeup

The Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association is continuing its growth spurt, signing on two new people: Francine Lamoriello as executive vice president for global strategies and Kathleen Dezio as executive vice president of public affairs and communications.

Earlier this year, Pamela G. Bailey signed on as chief executive after stints at the Advanced Medical Technology Association and the Reagan White House Office of Public Affairs. The in-house lobby operation also grew, adding John Hurson , former Montgomery County Democratic delegate in the Maryland House, and Elvis Oxley from the Ripon Society, while promoting Mike Thompson to senior vice president for governmental affairs.

Bailey said the group, which represents the people who bring us such personal care products as shampoo and sunscreen as well as cologne and cosmetics, is trying to build "a more balanced organization" so that it can more effectively lobby Congress and deal with the Food and Drug Administration -- and better compete in the global marketplace.

Before joining CTFA, Lamoriello was a senior international and business strategy adviser at Baker, Donelson ; earlier she worked for KPMG Peat Marwick and the Commerce Department. Dezio was vice president of communications for the American Beverage Association and previously worked for Lockheed Martin and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Seeds of Change

Also about town . . . Aaron David Miller , a major player on Middle Eastern affairs who worked for six secretaries of state before leaving in 2003 to take the presidency of Seeds of Peace, is moving on Jan. 6 to take up residency at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He's got a contract from Bantam/Dell to write a book, he says, that "looks at why we have succeeded and failed in the negotiations [for peace] these many years." Seeds of Peace brings together Arab and Israeli kids to try to forge bonds.

"After 28 years of running and spending my life in airports . . . I need some time to think and write," he said in an e-mail.

Eugene W. Hickok , former deputy secretary of education in the Bush administration, has joined the policy council of Civic Enterprises , a public policy development shop founded last year by John Bridgeland , a former assistant to President Bush.

Robert J. Green , vice president for federal relations at the National Restaurant Association, joins the National Retail Federation Jan. 9 as vice president for government and political affairs.

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