The Afghanistan-US Democratic Peace and Prosperity Council has hired Bullpen Strategy Group for strategic communications and media monitoring services.

The Arlington, VA-based firm will focus on US-Afghan relations and policies that improve governance, economic development and human rights in Afghanistan.

BSG’s three-month contract kicked off Dec. 21. The firm receives a $25K monthly retainer from the DC-headquartered Council.

Joe Pounder, former research/deputy communications director of the Republican National Committee and aide to Florida Senator Marco Rubio, is CEO and co-founder of BSG.

Under president Trump’s troop drawdown plan, the US is slated to have 2,500 soldiers in Afghanistan on Jan. 15.