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• DEFENSE. Lockheed Martin has hired Flagship Government Relations to monitor the Defense Department spending bills for fiscal 2014. Last year, Lockheed Martin ranked as the No. 1 federal contractor, according to data from the General Services Administration. In total, the company secured almost $37 billion in federal contracting work.

• HEALTHCARE. Bond & Associates is attempting to score federal dollars for new client AQx. The company makes water-based health and fitness equipment, and it would like the Department of Health and Human Services or the Defense Department to invest, according to disclosure forms. The company is searching for funding from fitness or anti-obesity programs.

• INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS. The nonprofit Islamic Relief USA has hired the government affairs firm Just Consulting to educate policymakers about its purpose and humanitarian work. The group provides education, food aid, clean water and women’s programs to about 35 countries around the world but does not receive U.S. funding. 

• TAXES. Jonathan Yarowsky is pulling in his first clients after leaving Patton Boggs for Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr. Among the clients is the Beer Institute, an association of beer brewers that is lobbying the federal government to eliminate the excise tax on their products. Yarowsky will be handling anti-trust issues for the group as well. 

• The Government of Puerto Rico hired the firm Miller & Chevalier to work on international tax issues and to provide a voice for the country in the tax reform debate, records say. Puerto Rico made headlines this summer for reforming its own tax code to be friendlier to wealthy individuals in a bid to draw new residents to the island. 

• TECHNOLOGY. The firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck is lobbying for the whole world — or the rights to create images of it — by signing client DigitalGlobe, a company that makes high-resolution commercial images of space and “geospatial content.” Though the company counts the federal government as a client, there are a slew of regulations that govern satellite imaging. An all-star lobbying team at Brownstein will handle issues related to “commercial remote sensing, overhead imagery, and commercial space” on behalf of the company.