Corporate Strategy Forum

  • The Regulation of M&A Among US Defense Companies

    On Monday, March 7, the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security hosted a private breakfast on “The Regulation of M&A Among US Defense Companies” as part of the Atlantic Council’s Corporate Strategy Forum. The discussion featured Chris Griner, partner and Chair of the National Security/CFIUS/Compliance Group at the law firm Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP; William Kovacic, Global Competition Professor of Law and Policy at the George Washington University Law School and a former Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission; and James Hasik, Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and editor of The Defense Industrialist.

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  • Europe's Dual-Use Technology and Industrial Base

    On Wednesday, December 9, as part of the Atlantic Council’s Corporate Strategy Forum, the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security hosted a private dinner on “Europe’s Dual-Use Technology and Industrial Base.” The event featured the Chief Executive Officer of the European Defense Agency, Ambassador Jorge Domecq, who delivered keynote remarks about the shared challenge of leveraging commercial and civil technologies and businesses to address military needs.

    The event gathered two dozen Council members, directors, business executives, and government officials to contribute to the conversation. Moderated by the Council’s MA and George Lund Fellow Steven Grundman, the discussion explored European and American approaches to integrating defense-unique technology with commercial/civil technology and industrial bases to promote innovation and efficiency.

    The Corporate Strategy Forum convenes chief strategists of transatlantic companies in aerospace, defense,...

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  • Capital Market Perspectives on Aerospace and Defense

    On Tuesday, October 6, 2015, the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security hosted a conversation on Capital Markets Perspective on Aerospace and Defense (A&D) as the latest event of the Corporate Strategy Forum. The event, moderated by the Atlantic Council's MA and George Lund Fellow Steven Grundman, featured Charles Armitage, head of European Aerospace and Defense Equity Research for UBS, Byron Callan, managing director at Capital Alpha Partners, and Christopher Gidden, executive director at Moelis & Company.

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  • The Foreign and Defense Policy of Arms Exports to Asia

    On Friday, July 17, 2015, the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security hosted a conversation on Foreign Defense Policy of Arms Exports to Asia as the latest event of the Corporate Strategy Forum. The event, moderated by the Atlantic Council's MA and George Lund Fellow Steven Grundman, featured Todd Chapman, principal deputy assistant secretary of the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs at the US Department of State, and Keith Webster, director of International Cooperation for the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics at the US Department of State.

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  • Congressional Perspectives on Defense-Industrial Issues

    On Thursday, May 28, 2015, the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security welcomed professional staff members, William Greenwalt and Vickie Plunkett, of the Senate and House Armed Services committees, respectively. Steven Grundman, the Atlantic Council’s M.A. and George Lund Fellow, moderated the latest event in the Corporate Strategy Forum, titled Congressional Perspectives on Defense-Industrial Issues.

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  • Rafales, Not Rules

    While Foggy Bottom and the Pentagon and the White House make policy, the Élysée Palace makes sales.

    King Abdullah wants drones, and 23 US congressmen want to loan Jordan some American Predators for the duration of the war. The Emirates want drones, and my colleague Bilal Saab told the Beirut Daily Star that industry there is getting quite capable making its own. Congressman Gregory Meeks of New York notably wanted drones because Da’esh and Boko Haram "don't belong on this earth.” Drones needs missiles, so in February, the USAF ordered...

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  • Getting Faster at Revolutionary

    The bureaucratic and technological challenges in speeding up weapons development 

    Pentagon procurement czar Frank Kendall told the House Armed Services Committee yesterday that his department, as the headline went, "Needs to Get Faster at Developing Revolutionary Weapon Systems”. He also noted that the Air Force, in conjunction with DARPA and the Navy, would soon begin serious work on a “sixth-generation” fighter (marketing-speak for the next new thing). As Defense News reported yesterday, "Air Force officials have said they expect to begin flying the next-generation jets by as early as the 2030s.” That is to say, if they start now, they may take as
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  • Innovation in Air Force Acquisition

    On Thursday, December 11, 2014, the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security welcomed William LaPlante, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, and Ted Harshberger, vice president and director of Project AIR FORCE at the Rand Corporation. The topic of conversation was on "Innovation in Air Force Acquisition." This was the latest event of the Corporate Strategy Forum series, and was moderated by Steven Grundman, the M.A. and George Lund fellow.

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  • What's Next in DoD Defense-Industrial Policy?

    On November 7, the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security welcomed André Gudger, acting deputy assistant secretary for manufacturing and industrial base policy and Mary Margaret Evans, principal director of manufacturing and industrial base policy at the Pentagon for a meeting of the Corporate Strategy Forum. The focus of this event was on "What's Next in DoD Defense-Industrial Policy?"

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