A former general counsel for the U.S. Air Force who previously served as the top lawyer in the U.S. Army is headed to Arnold & Porter, the firm announced today.
Charles Blanchard is joining as partner the firm’s government contracts and national security practices in early January. Blanchard will focus on defense clients, particularly on issues that include weapons systems procurement, enforcement, classified programs and cyber security, the firm said.
Blanchard left the public sector because, he said, he felt his work was done and it was time for someone new to take over.
“In my experience after three or four years in these positions, it becomes comfortable, you’ve accomplished what you wanted to accomplish,” Blanchard said in an interview.