Our distinctive credentials link both the government and private sectors ... derived from diverse positions as officers in the military and as executives in the Fortune 100 and AmLaw 100.

Mike Carter

Mike co-founded CarterMcClean after six years with Bracewell & Giuliani, a premier international energy and technology law firm; he has the distinction of having been one of their first non-attorney senior principals.  Mike has represented his clientele before Congress and the Executive Branch on a wide range of issues, including defense, homeland security, electronic warfare, intelligence, cyber security, and defense energy, for nearly 20 years.  Whether it was adding, protecting, or restoring funds, generating favorable legislative language, or influencing policy, Mike has consistently been successful. 

Using firsthand experience and a deep understanding of the political and policy framework in which national security decisions are made, Mike provides strategic advice and direct advocacy to enable his clients to achieve their business goals.  His clients have represented all aspects of the national security arena—major corporations, defense contractors, military base municipalities, and high-tech start-ups.

His background is comprised of military service, corporate experience and legislative advocacy.  During his Air Force service, his operational experience included 11 years of flying fighter aircraft as an Electronic Warfare Officer (EWO).  In his last three years of active duty, he was assigned to the White House Military Office.  Mike completed his military career as an Air Force Reserve officer serving in the Secretary of the Air Force’s Legislative Liaison Directorate.

In the corporate world, Mike previously managed the east coast operations and Washington, DC office of a defense contractor.  In that role he identified and established relationships with vendors and contractors, developed proposal strategies, and optimized teaming arrangements and organizational capabilities, all in addition to being a legislative advocate for the company.

Mike has a Master’s degree in International Relations and an undergraduate degree in Political Science.  He is a member of the Association of Old Crows (the premier electronic warfare organization), the Overseas Security Advisory Council, the Center for Strategic & International Studies, the National Defense Industrial Association, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.



Scott McClean

Scott co-founded CarterMcClean after a decade as a Director of Legislative Affairs for the Lockheed Martin (LM) Corporation.  In this capacity, he was responsible for congressional relations regarding the most visible, lucrative, and controversial programs in the corporation; among others, these included the F-35, F-22, F-16, F-117, C-130, C-5, P-3, S-3, U-2, and the VH-71.

Additionally, he had two unique areas of responsibility.  First, he was LM’s liaison for all DC supplier/partner issues.  In this role, he worked with the entire range of domestic and international aerospace companies; moreover, to maximize their influence on Capitol Hill and in the press, he created the defense industry’s benchmark economic/employment impact database.  Second, he was the primary lobbyist for LM’s Advanced Development Programs (ADP, or "Skunk Works") division, where the corporation’s most high-tech, classified, leading edge work was done.

Prior to joining LM, Scott was a principal in The Carter Group.  While there, he successfully garnered substantial legislative/customer support and funding for clients whose issue areas ranged from IT to outsourced tactical aviation to veterans affairs.  After departing LM to form CarterMcClean, his success continued even as he broadened his skill set to include representing clients in the transportation, cyber security, and defense renewable energy arenas.

Throughout his time in DC, Scott’s responsibilities essentially spanned the full national security spectrum—both congressional bodies, both parties, all relevant committees, all states, and all Military Services—developing close relationships in each area.  He overcame numerous legislative challenges, many of which were attempts by Congress and/or the Administration to either kill or drastically reduce major programs.

Before his move to Washington, Scott flew Air Force fighters for 12 years (eight in NATO) as an active duty Weapon Systems Officer (WSO).  He then joined the Reserve, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel after working in the Pentagon for nine years; six years were served in the Secretary of the Air Force’s Legislative Liaison Directorate, followed by three years in the Secretary’s International Affairs Directorate.

Scott graduated from the US Air Force Academy in 1986 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Factors Engineering; he earned his Master’s Degree in Aerospace Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 1998.  He is a member of the Air Force Association, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the Overseas Security Advisory Council, and the National Defense Industrial Association.


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