BAE Systems Inc., the American arm of British defense company BAE Systems PLC, spent $1.1 million in the second quarter lobbying the U.S. government on government contracting issues and defense spending, according to a filing.
Other lobbying issues in the April-June period included disaster relief, the summer jobs act of 2010, and cybersecurity and a defense treaty with the U.K.
The list of defense issues its lobbyists worked on included the F-35, Lockheed's fighter jet program in which BAE is a major participant. It also lobbied on helicopter flight control systems, radios, variants on the Bradley vehicle, vehicle armor, artillery, and vehicles for the Border Patrol.
BAE Systems also lobbied Congress on hybrid-electric drive technology for buses and trucks and carbon emissions, according to a form filed July 20 with the House clerk's office.
Besides Congress, the company lobbied the Defense Department. Its lobbyists included Michael McBride, who was previously an aide to two different senators.
BAE Systems spent just over $1.1 million lobbying during the same period in 2009, and $1.26 million in the 2010 first quarter.