Saab registers lobbyist to work on drone policy

The American subsidiary of Swedish aerospace company Saab AB is stepping up its Washington presence, registering an in-house lobbyist to work on drone policy, among other issues.

Jana Murphy, the lobbyist listed on recent disclosure forms, has been with the company since 2012 as chief of Washington operations.

Saab Sensis — the air defense and air traffic sensor subsidiary — plucked Murphy from the Federal Aviation Administration, where she last served as the chief of staff. Overall, she has 15 years of public sector experience, according to a press release from the time of her initial hire.

Recent lobbying forms say that Saab North America will be working on issues related to “Defense and aviation policy on data, unmanned aerial vehicles and other matters” in addition to “appropriations, authorizations and reauthorizations.”

The company spent $380,000 on lobbying last year, an amount that includes spending by parent company Saab AB and subsidiaries Saab North America and Saab Sensis. All of the lobbying dollars had all been spent on outside firms — until now.

The company is represented in Washington by Congressional Strategies, The Doerrer Group and American Defense International. In 2014, Cornerstone Government Affairs began lobbying for Saab Barracuda, another subsidiary.