The Evolution of National Security

Understanding and Participation

Uniforms have lost their uniformity. Today’s national security ecosystem extends far beyond the military. Visionaries are applying classified and unclassified R&D to advance American efforts that protect our interests, advance our way of life, and satiate our curiosity. Lewis-Burke actively engages with the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the Intelligence Community, and key congressional committees overseeing these agencies to understand emerging trends, enable new partnerships with the academic and private sectors, and advance opportunities for our clients.


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Unique Integrated Approach

Awareness, Scope and Capability

Lewis-Burke positions clients for defense, intelligence, space, and cybersecurity wins. Remaining focused on relevant research opportunities and trends, we track the broader forces across the national security landscape–like funding and contract mechanisms, regulations and security practices, and organizational shifts–that help us quickly adapt to changing circumstances and priorities.


Trends to Watch


Lewis-Burke’s national security coverage focuses on the Defense Department’s Science and Technology enterprise, providing advance intelligence and background on defense basic scientific research programs, applied research interests, and advanced technology development challenges and opportunities to help clients apply their research more directly to each agency’s unique challenges and problems. Our staff has deep connections across DOD and on congressional intelligence and armed services committees, and robust expertise in their associated policies and activities, including in advising faculty on how to engage DOD in the classified arena and formulating successful appropriations advocacy strategies.


Space is no longer the domain of government entities alone. Private sector partners from academia, industry, and non-profit organizations continue to expand their contributions to space-based capabilities. Our established connections help clients differentiate themselves from competitors as new opportunities appear—whether in space sciences, space technology, aeronautics, or military space—and effectively convey their interests to decision-makers on Capitol Hill. In particular, the new Space Force, focused on rapid technology maturation and agile acquisition mechanisms, necessitates a different approach than the basic research focused pathways that universities have traditionally used to partner with DOD.


We live in a connected world. Our workforce, commercial sectors, government, research, and educational communities all rely upon data system security, integrity, and digital infrastructure. Lewis-Burke collaborates with clients to craft and implement strategies that drive cybersecurity innovation and address capability gaps — answering the needs as they present themselves and anticipating challenges before they happen. Lewis-Burke has worked with clients to bolster their cybersecurity education programs (K-grey) and gain key recognition through U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the National Security Agency (NSA), opening new federal funding streams. These strategies align client interests and strengths with specific federal and congressional opportunities.

Domestic Security & Criminal Justice

Research institutions are central to forging evidence-based domestic security practices and technologies that are both ethical and effective — it’s why we built a unique practice area related to shaping and positioning our clients to take advantage of homeland security and criminal justice funding opportunities. Our team has intimate knowledge of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate initiatives and appropriations support mechanisms, as well as intelligence related to DHS Centers of Excellence competitions. We also closely track emerging priorities at the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and offices throughout the federal government that support the development of research-informed criminal justice practices and procedures.

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Our ability to frame discussions and interact with national security mission agencies and relevant congressional offices/committees is what puts our clients ahead. We maintain ties with House and Senate Armed Services Committees and Defense Appropriations Subcommittees to shepherd client priorities through the authorization and appropriations process. It’s your turn.

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