updated 3/1/2011 1:46:36 PM ET 2011-03-01T18:46:36

New York, NY, March 1, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Defense and security policy specialist Erik Schechter is joining Spector & Associates, a nationally recognized corporate communications firm. In his role as Senior Account Executive, Schechter will provide high-level counsel to Spector’s defense and technology clients and support the firm’s growth into the international public affairs sector. Schechter will continue his work as a staff correspondent for the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs.

Spector & Associates

Erik’s appointment is a strategic part of company’s international expansion efforts, following the promotion of Elliott Suthers to Vice President.

"Erik brings years of experience as a defense writer and a unique knowledge of the international defense and technology industries," said Shelley Spector, President of Spector & Associates.

Most recently, Erik has been a defense journalist specializing in technology for the Training & Simulation and C4ISR Journal. Prior to joining Spector & Associates, Erik served as contributing editor for the World Press Review, defense writer for The Jerusalem Post and senior correspondent for The Jerusalem Report.

Erik received his M.A. in International Relations from the University of Chicago and is a former tank driver with IDF Armored Corps, earning his battalion’s Excellent Soldier Award in 2002.

About Spector & Associates

A certified woman owned business celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2011, Spector & Associates is known for pioneering the "integrated public relations" strategy for business-to-business companies. Since 1991, Spector has earned nearly 40 awards in public relations, integrated branding programs, corporate social responsibility, and web development. www.spectorpr.com

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