Powell Tate Lobbies for Star Wars

Boeing is using Interpublic's Powell Tate unit to build PR support for President Bush's missile defense system. Bush's request for $8.3 billion for missile defense was expected to be sliced due to the vanishing surplus, but now has gotten new life in aftermath of last week's terror attacks. This contradicts Kevin McCauley's prediction in last week's O'Dwyer's PR Daily. McCauley wrote that the terrorist attacks "killed Bush's missile defense program. No Star Wars system would have been effective against the grisly attacks on the WTC and the Pentagon. ... The country does not need Star Wars to fight terrorism. It needs better intelligence. America needs agents who can infiltrate terror organizations so they can been destroyed from within."