Washington, DC – Last night, Michael Best DC hosted an event with Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce keynoted by former Congressman and Chair of the House Armed Services Committee Mac Thornberry.

The discussion, facilitated by the lead of Michael Best’s Defense & National Security Practice, Erik Berdy, covered ongoing challenges to national security, the threat China poses, and areas where Republicans and Democrats can find common ground. Conversation placed a particular emphasis on the impact that Wisconsin manufacturers can have in the ongoing policy conversations that will shape our national security strategy for years to come.

“The United States faces a more comprehensive threat from China to our societal, economic, and national security than ever before,” said Congressman Thornberry following the discussion. “This is ultimately a values competition, and the technologies we buy and use must be built with democratic values. I was honored to speak with manufacturing, energy, and business leaders from Wisconsin on how their work is critically important to our national security.”

Erik Berdy, former Special Assistant for Legislative Affairs to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and head of Michael Best’s Defense & National Security Practice said, “It’s a tremendous honor to have Congressman Thornberry here to discuss our national security and the impact Wisconsin manufacturers can have as we work to maintain our competitive edge with China. Continued investment in the modernization of our military technology is critical to keeping the world safe and preventing more conflicts like that we’re seeing in Ukraine.”

The event was organized by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, and hosted in Michael Best DC’s offices.

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Michael Best is a full-service law firm with more than 350 lawyers and technical professionals who work in collaborative, interdisciplinary practices to serve clients around the world. An affiliate of the firm, Michael Best Strategies, helps clients navigate the intersection of business and government by providing a full range of services across four primary areas: Governmental Affairs, Public Affairs and Communications, Business and Community Solutions, and cultivation of Strategic Political Relationships.

Michael Best Strategies (Strategies) helps companies accelerate their success through a combination of strategic business consulting, lobbying, government relations, public affairs, and communications. The firm has thrived by providing a diverse team of professionals with the experience, skills, and relationships necessary to help each client achieve their goals more quickly and fully.
Bio Link In Erik’s three-decade career in the U.S. Army, the Pentagon, and on Capitol Hill, he served as a trusted advisor, strategist, connector, and leader. He brings a wealth of experience and insight to his role as a Partner with Michael Best Strategies. Expertise: Defense & National Security, Government Relations, Strategic Political Relationships, Communications & Engagement, Legislative Process