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But Can He Shoot a Pirate in His Pajamas?

DATELINE: KABUL

The jury is still out on just how presidential the president will be if the phone rings at 3 a.m.
The jury is still out on just how presidential the president will be if the phone rings at 3 a.m. (By Gerald Herbert -- Associated Press)

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These are not great times for media folks, and ink-stained wretches are joining the ranks of the unemployed as advertising sinks and newspapers fold. Still, the Army is looking for people with such skills plus a willingness to travel, the trade journal PRWeek recently reported. The Pentagon has $10 million a year -- with three years more possible, for a total of $40 million -- to spend for work in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The Army needs a firm to mount an "informational campaign" to get Afghans to keep an eye out and alert people when they spot the Taliban setting IEDs, something the insurgents have been doing with greater frequency.

You'll promote the government and the Afghan national security forces and encourage education and development through a multimedia effort. They need media research, billboards, fliers, posters and newspaper ads in addition to radio spots, a "20 min. radio program," television programs and DVDs, the solicitation says. You'll also need to provide a "Video Billboard Fixed," and a "Video Billboard Mobile."

FINDING A PERCH

Dana Perino, White House press secretary in the Bush II administration and before that the director of communications for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, is joining communications giant Burson-Marsteller as a chief issues counselor.

Perino, joining former Bush counselor and undersecretary of state for public diplomacy Karen Hughes at the firm, "will use her experience in managing our country's most pressing issues and crises, including the economic downturn, energy and health care reform," the company announced. Mark Penn, former adviser and strategist to Hillary Rodham Clinton in her winning runs for the Senate and in her losing presidential campaign, is the company's chief executive.

John B. Bellinger III, a longtime legal aide to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice who regularly brawled with Cheney consigliere David Addington over detainee and terrorism policy, has signed on with the D.C. law firm Arnold & Porter. He'll be working on international law and security issues. Bellinger had been legal adviser to the National Security Council when Rice headed it in George W. Bush's first term and then moved with her to be State Department legal adviser. He also was counsel for national security matters in the Justice Department's criminal division from 1997 to 2001.

MOVING DOWN THE HILL

House Rules Committee communications director Kristin Lee e-mailed friends and co-workers Monday to let them know that she is leaving the Hill and moving to the Transportation Security Administration to head the public affairs operation.


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