Daniel J. Edelman, an international public relations firm, has formed an aerospace and defense group to advise firms in the intensifying national policy debate over "the allocation and accounting for defense dollars," said Stephen K. Cook, the firm's Washington office manager. Directing the new practice will be James A. Crandall, formerly director of marketing communications for the aerospace and defense unit of Honeywell Inc. and, before that, corporate public relations director for Fairchild Industries Inc., the Chantilly, Va.-based aerospace firm.

Nordlinger Associates, a public relations and advertising agency specializing in politics, has named Don Allen vice president for public affairs. Allen has managed the political programs for the Edison Electric Institute and served as director of political education for the National Association of Realtors.

Space Communications Co., the Gaithersburg satellite communications firm that recently became a fully owned subsidiary of Continental Telecom Inc. of Atlanta, last week named a series of senior appointments. Robert A. Stevens, formerly program manager, will become vice president in charge of the firm's contract to construct the Consolidated Space Operations Center for the Air Force. Edwin A. Coy, a retired Air Force major general, will become vice president for the eastern region with responsibility for federal government relations. Frederick W. Weber, a former vice president at Comsat General Corp., will become vice president for the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System, which the company owns and operates for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Also, Steven J. Parker was named director of staffing services, while Stephen M. Parker was appointed to the new position of director of administration for the company's White Sands Ground Terminal in New Mexico.

Fleishman Hillard Inc., a St. Louis-based public relations firm, has opened a new Washington office under the direction of Richard J. Sullivan, a former senior partner and director of the Washington office of A-K Associates Inc. Sullivan has recruited four staff members for the new office: Thomas L. Buckmaster, formerly vice president at John Adams' Associates, and Patricia A. Milita, previously public relations manager for Communications Satellite Corp., will become vice presidents. Paul W. Johnson, recently with A-K Associates, will become an account executive. And Jackie Shaffer, formerly office manager of the Executive Office Group, will become office manager and administrative assistant.