Steve Ham provides technical and strategic advice to clients in McAllister & Quinn’s Advanced Technology & Defense Policy Practice. Steve is adept in understanding the nuances and complexities of the Department of Defense. Steve is highly sought after for his expertise in strategic intelligence, Federal marketing & Executive Branch relations, proposal development and Research, Development, Testing and Evaluation programs. Over the course of his career on Capitol Hill and the Pentagon Steve has worked with a broad range of clients ranging from small businesses conducting innovation research, to large contractors in the development of major defense systems to secure billions of dollars of funding.
Prior to joining the firm, Steve served as the Senior Defense Policy Advisor to Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking member of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, where he handled defense issues related to Maryland’s defense industrial base, as well as Foreign Military Sales. Previously, he served as Presidential Appointee during the Obama Administration, as the Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, & Technology. In this role, he advised the Assistant Secretary on the development and management of key Administration priorities and served as the primary liaison for the Office of Chief Legislative Liaison between Congress and senior Army and Department of Defense officials regarding defense acquisition matters.
Earlier in his career, Steve spent 8 years as Democratic Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer’s top military staffer. In this role, he worked closely with the House Armed Services Committee and House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee on policy and funding initiatives. Responsible for all defense issues, he facilitated university partnerships and manufacturing contract opportunities with the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, Army, and Special Operations Command.