northropNorthrop Grumman Corp. has enlisted FTI Government Affairs for Washington work on defense and aerospace matters.

Bud Cramer, the former Blue Dog Democratic Congressman from Alabama, leads that effort.

He was a strong advocate for defense and missile programs while in Congress. His district includes Huntsville, home of the NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, US Army’s Aviation and Missile Command.

Jeffries Murray, Cramer’s former chief of staff, also works the NG business.

In December, the Army awarded a $20M R&D contract to NG’s Huntsville operation for its integrated air and missile defense battle command system.

Grumman received approval this month to build five Fire Scout unmanned intelligence-gathering helicopters for the Navy. The company has carried out successful land-based flights of the Fire Scouts. Sea tests are slated for the summer.

NG spent $20.3M in federal lobbying outlays during the past year. That budget included $200K for Podesta Group and $180K for Patton Boggs. It chalked up $25B in 2013 revenues and $1.9B in profit.