Tony advises clients on public policy issues related to defense, space, directed energy, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and technology on congressional strategies, the legislative process, and the regulatory process. He brings 12 years of experience working with members of Congress on defense and national security issues having served as senior policy advisor to Senator Martin Heinrich, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

He helped found and manage the Senate Artificial Intelligence Caucus. and was Senator Heinrich's principal author of US$2.2 billion legislation, the Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act (AI-IA), that was endorsed by 11 major associations and institutions to organize a national strategy for AI and invest in academia, national laboratories, and industry. Tony also advised the 15-member National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence. Tony recently led a legislative strategy in the National Defense Authorization Act to create new career tracks in the Department of Defense focused on technologies like 5G, cloud computing and AI.

Tony helped found and manage the Congressional Directed Energy Caucus, and helped author, negotiate, and enact legislation on Directed Energy to (1) Create a US$100 million Directed Energy Weapon System Program to transition high-powered-microwave and high-energy-laser weapons systems to the military; (2) establish a Senior-level position at the Pentagon for the technology; and (3) require a Strategic Roadmap for fielding the technology.

Tony served as the lead advisor to the Ranking Member of Strategic Forces Subcommittee, Senate Armed Services Committee, overseeing military space programs. Tony secured significant appropriations over 12 years to invest in small satellite capabilities and executed a legislative strategy to develop the military's leading responsive space program, which is now a nearly half-billion program and playing a critical role in the Pentagon's space reorganization.

Tony Samp is not a lawyer.