Washington-based pro-Israel think tank The Jewish Institute for National Security of America has retained international law firm Covington & Burling to advocate U.S./Israel defense and foreign relations matters on Capitol Hill.

JINSA bills itself as an advocacy group that promotes policy and national security issues between the United States and Israel, educating the American public to the importance of a strategic cooperative relationship between the two countries and informing U.S. defense and foreign affairs officials to the role Israel plays in maintaining democratic interests within the Middle East.

Founded in 1976, the nonprofit has claimed to be “the most influential group on the issue of U.S.-Israel military relations.”

JINSA has hired C&B to promote a series of recommended implementations made by the advocacy organization’s task force regarding strengthening security capabilities between the U.S. and Israel, according to lobbying registration documents filed in July.

A three-person team at C&B handles the JINSA account: Stephen Rademaker, who formerly served as senior counsel to ex-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) and was also chief counsel to the House Select Committee on Homeland Security and deputy staff director and chief counsel to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs; Zachary Mears, former chief of staff to the deputy secretary of defense and deputy chief of staff to the secretary of defense as well as director for strategic planning to the National Security Council; and associate Jeffrey Bozman.

Covington & Burling is the largest law firm in Washington, D.C.