Captains of Industry Series

On June 8, 2016, the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security’s Emerging Defense Challenges Initiative (EDC) hosted its fifteenth address in its Captains of Industry (CoI) series. The CoI series aims to provide a forum for senior executives in the aerospace and defense industry to address the various public interests their companies serve and the public policies that affect their markets. This event featured Richard Ambrose, Vice President of Space Systems at Lockheed Martin. Steven Grundman, Lund Fellow for EDC, provided brief introductory remarks before Mr. Ambrose’s talk.

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On Tuesday, April 19th from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., the Atlantic Council Captains of Industry initiative featured a discussion with three business leaders from Silicon Valley whose companies are responding to Secretary of Defense Carter’s outreach to the commercial technology sector.

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On November 18, 2015, the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, as part of its Captains of Industries Series, hosted a discussion entitled “The Space Race in Business,” moderated by the Council’s M.A. and George Lund Fellow on Emerging Defence Challenges Steven Grundman. The event explored current issues and trends in the space sector as the most dynamic corner of the aerospace and defense marketplace, drawing insights from a panel of distinguished executives from prominent aerospace companies. The event’s participants concluded that the current structure of the industry, historically built around “big space” projects, is now being disrupted by businesses with new sources of capital and novel ambitions for how to employ space for social good and commercial gain.

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On October 20, the Atlantic Council's Captains of Industry series hosted Mr. Raanan Horowitz, President and CEO of Elbit Systems of America, for an address entitled, "Accelerating Defense Innovation: Lessons from Silicon Wadi." The event explored what practical lessons the United States can learn from Israel's long tradition of commingling defense and commercial technologies, and how Elbit Systems in particular has been able to accelerate innovation by leveraging partnerships and dialogue with the United States' and Israel's technological hubs.

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On June 24, 2015 the Atlantic Council hosted a panel discussion with Michael Andersson, President and CEO of Saab North America, Judy Marks, President and CEO of Siemens Government Technologies, Allen Pellegrini, President and CEO of Thales USA, and Peter Lengyel, President and CEO of Safran USA. This extraordinary panel was a part of the Brent Scowcroft Center's Captain of Industry series.

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Please join the Atlantic Council on June 24 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for a special event in its Captains of Industry Series on Wednesday, when a panel of four chief executives will convene to discuss how foreign-owned companies address the opportunities and challenges of their participation in the business of defense and security in America.

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On Wednesday, December 10, 2014 the Atlantic Council's Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security hosted Mike Petters, president and CEO of Huntington Ingalls Industries, for a discussion on the need to plan further ahead in defense-industrial issues. The speech, entitled "Playing the Long Game," is the latest in the Atlantic Council's Captains of Industry series, a platform for senior executives in the defense industry to address the public interests their companies serve and the public policies that shape their markets. The event was moderated Steven Grundman, M.A. and George Lund fellow, with an introduction by Mark Brunner, senior adviser to Senator Mark Warner.

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On Thursday November 13, the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security welcomed Salvatore "Tory" T. Bruno, president and CEO of United Launch Alliance (ULA). The event, titled "Endless Possibilities for the Future of Space Launch," was the latest in the Atlantic Council Captains of Industry series, a platform for senior executives in aerospace and defense to address the public interests their companies serve and the public policies that shape their markets. The event was moderated by Jeffrey Roncka, managing partner of Renaissance Strategic Advisors.

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