Israel Aerospace

The North America unit of Israel Aerospace Industries is using Trump-connected Kasowitz Benson Torres to lobby on aerospace and defense advanced technology issues.

KBT is the firm of Marc Kasowitz, who was President Trump’s personal attorney.

Justin Rubin and John Thomas, members of KBT’s government affairs and strategic counsel group, handle the IAI effort.

Rubin is a former undersecretary of the Army, who was lead author of “The Army Vision: Strategic Advantage in a Complex World” report and leader of the Defense Dept. team that created the surveys on the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

Thomas was chief of staff to former Navy Seal and Virginia Republican Congressman Scott Taylor, who went down in defeat to Democrat and Navy veteran Elaine Luria in last year’s election.

IAI recently celebrated the first delivery of its “Made in Mississippi” Arrow 3 anti-ballistic missile canister. The Arrow Weapon System is the upper tier defense system against ballistic missile test.

Last month, IAI and SpaceIL launched the Beresheet spacecraft from Florida on its voyage to the Moon.

With a successful landing, Israel will be fourth nation to soft-land a spacecraft on the Moon.