Defense/Technologies and Homeland Security

The primary obligation of the Federal government is to provide for the common defense. The national defense, defense technologies and homeland security arena encompass the largest portion of the federal discretionary budget. These areas involve vast programs that are in constant review and need advocacy in the executive and legislative branches of the government. Issues involving procurement, budget execution, and industrial policy provide concerns to many companies and institutions.

The Livingston Group (TLG) has policy expertise in all security issue areas, from program and budget formulation to industrial base and procurement policy and reform. TLG's access to defense policy makers and those responsible for the budget in Congress and the executive branch is one of our strongest attributes. We have a range of current clients, from major corporations to small businesses, who are actively working with the administration and on Capitol Hill. In addition to Bob Livingston’s (R-LA) unmatched networks in the area of defense-related appropriations, TLG has a number of professionals with substantive knowledge and invaluable political expertise in the defense/technologies and homeland security arena.

Lead Partner

Honorable Robert L. Livingston - is a former Republican Member of Congress from Louisiana.  He served as Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, shepherding the thirteen appropriations bills through the legislative process.  He also served for the maximum period of six years on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.  A U.S. Navy veteran, Mr. Livingston served on active duty with the Navy as an enlisted man from 1961 to 1963, and received an honorable discharge from the Navy Reserve in 1967.  As a Founding Partner of The Livingston Group, Mr. Livingston has provided strategic counsel and direct advocacy for each of the firm’s defense and homeland security clients.

Practice Area Director

Brian Glackin is a retired Navy Captain who served most of his career aboard various aircraft carriers flying the EA-6B Prowler. His last assignment with the Navy was as Deputy Director of the Navy Appropriations Matters office where he was responsible for coordinating the Navy's budget with Capitol Hill. Prior to joining TLG, he served as Senior Vice President at SICPA Product Security (SICPA) and as Vice President of Government Relations at Cobham PLC (Cobham), a multi-billion dollar global defense and aerospace company.

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Honorable Tim Hugo - served as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs during the administration of President George H.W. Bush.  

Honorable William H. Zeliff, Jr. - is a former Republican Member of Congress from New Hampshire and House Deputy Whip. Mr. Zeliff served as Chairman on the National Security, International Affairs and Criminal Justice Subcommittee of the House Government Reform Committee.

Paul Cambon - a founding Partner of The Livingston Group, was Legislative Director for Congressman Livingston (R-LA), and is a former congressional staffer for the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense.

Carl D. Commenator - is a former Deputy Staff Director for the House Armed Services Committee, as well as a former Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee.  Mr. Commenator has a total of twenty-three years of experience on Capitol Hill.  He served four years on active duty with the U.S. Air Force, including one tour in the Republic of South Vietnam.

Terence Costello - a former Republican professional staffer with the House Armed Services Committee, was a principal defense aide to the late Congressman Floyd D. Spence (R-SC).  Mr. Costello’s major focus was on naval ships and weapons procurement, research and development, special warfare, naval petroleum reserves, national defense stockpile, and defense-wide environmental cleanup funding and policy issues. He served as an infantry non-commissioned officer with the U.S. Army, and later with the Army Reserves.

James R. Gauthier – joined The Livingston Group after serving for five years as a legislative aide in the office of U.S. Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH). Mr. Gauthier brings extensive appropriations experience to the team and currently works on a number of defense and homeland security issues.

Richard L. Rodgers - served more than 28 years as a naval officer with multiple operational tours and commands and in the Pentagon as Deputy Executive Secretary to the Secretary of Defense.  He also served as the Department of the Navy's liaison with the House and Senate Appropriations committees.

George P. Sigalos - handled government affairs for a top five U.S. defense contractor and represented over 500 small, medium, and large defense and other federal contractors at a prominent national trade association.  Mr. Sigalos has extensive experience working with the congressional oversight committees related to defense and procurement in both the House and Senate.

Representative Clients:

  • Airbus
  • Army Alliance
  • Huntington Ingalls Industries
  • NAOC-National Assoc of Ordnance Contractors
  • TenCate