Philippe Reines (Marvin Joseph/Washington Post)

A troika of former aides to former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton and former CIA director and defense secretary Leon Panetta have launched a bipartisan consulting firm, vowing to help American companies adjust to a changing national security landscape.

Even as former Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines, former assistant secretary of state Andrew Shapiro and former Panetta chief of staff Jeremy Bash start up Beacon Global Strategies, however, they are making it clear they intend to return to government service in the future. The pledge, highlighted in a Defense News article Monday, could come in handy if Clinton seeks the presidency in 2016.