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FedPoem: Blimps Over Washington

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The Pentagon plans to float two huge, helium filled “aerostats” over Washington to help guard against air attack, Reuters reports. The pair of blimps, costing $450 million, will arrive in late September. Radars will be at the center of the high-tech packages the blimps will carry, but who knows what other kinds of stuff may be on board?

Blimp Snoop

In Pakistan’s provinces, citizens groan
When constantly monitored by American drones.
Now here in D.C., we’ll see if two blimps,
Hovering and listening, can lobbyists crimp
As their pleadings they craftily hone.

Each blimp nearly football field long,
Each packed with gizmos so strong,
They’ll be snooping at will
O’er The Capital Grille,
Perhaps exposéing whate’er might be wrong.

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Tim Clark served as editor in chief, publisher and president of Government Executive in the years since it was acquired by National Journal Group in 1987. He and his colleagues have built Government Executive into an essential source for federal managers, a shaper of the government management debate and a key player in the good-government movement. Clark has spent his journalistic career studying and writing about government, and is a founder of National Journal, Washington’s premier source of political insight. He also founded Empire State Report, a monthly magazine about government in New York. He is a fellow and former board member of the National Academy of Public Administration.

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