Boeing moving defense headquarters from St. Louis to Washington

Boeing Co. officials plan to move the company’s Defense, Space and Security unit that is now headquartered in Hazelwood to Washington, D.C.

The decision, which will affect about a dozen top executives and some support staff, reflects the aerospace giant’s desire to be closer to the levers of power in the nation’s capital.

The change has been an initiative of Leanne Caret, new CEO of Boeing’s defense unit, who wants to increase her face time with federal decision-makers.

Boeing said the move had been under consideration for several months and was unrelated to the results of the Nov. 8 election.

Loren Thompson, chief operating officer at the Lexington Institute, a policy research group in Arlington, Va., said the location of the headquarters wouldn’t have a negative impact on Boeing’s St. Louis area workforce.

Read more: St. Louis Business Journal, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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