Defense-Industrial Policy Series

This event was a part of the Atlantic Council's Defense-Industrial Policy Series, featuring a discussion on Turkey's defense-industrial policy with Dr. Ismail Demir, Turkish undersecretary for defense industries, on Thursday, May 26, from 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Dr. Ismail Demir was appointed head of the undersecretariat for defense industries (SSM) in April 2014. Prior to this, he worked at Turkish Airlines, beginning in 2003 as training director before being promoted to senior technical officer in 2005 and chief executive officer in May 2006. Dr. Demir has also worked at several universities and research institutions in Saudi Arabia, the United States, and Canada between 1992 and 2003. He earned two master of science degrees in the United States and completed his doctoral degree in mechanical engineering at Washington State University. Dr. Demir earned his bachelor's degree from the aeronautical engineering department of Istanbul Technical University in 1982.

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On January 19, 2016, the Atlantic Council hosted Mr. James F. Geurts, the Acquisition Executive for US Special Operations Command, for a Defense-Industrial Policy Series event entitled, “Acquisition for Special Operations Forces.” In a discussion moderated by the Council’s Steven Grundman, M.A. and George Lund Fellow, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Mr. Geurts spoke about the challenges of planning and executing acquisition to equip our forces' most elite warriors. His comments focused on the unique role of United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) in planning and acquisition management; how acquisition for Special Forces differs from and parallels the military departments; and the key technology and system priorities of US SOCOM heading into the FY17 budget and programs.

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On September 17, the Atlantic Council hosted Dr. Jamie Morin, Director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation, for a rare public appearance at the event, "Now How Much is Enough? The Contemporary Challenge of Cost and Program Analysis at the Pentagon." Borrowing the title of Alian Enthoven's celebrated book on defense planning and analysis from the McNamara era, the event delved into a number of issues at the heart of the Pentagon's recent deliberations on squaring fiscal resources and program requirements with the nation's overall defense strategy.

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On June 10, the Atlantic Council welcomed Heidi Shyu, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisitions, Logistics, and Technology. She spoke on what it would take to modernize Army acquisition as part of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security's Defense-Industrial Policy Series.

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Please join the Atlantic Council on June 10, 2015 form 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. for a conversation with The Hon. Heidi Shyu, Assistant Secretary of Army, Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology, US Department of Defense.

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On Wednesday January 14, 2015, the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security welcomed The Hon. Deborah Lee James, Secretary of the US Air Force, for her speech entitled "Bending the Cost Curve." This Defense-Industrial Policy Series event, cohosted with the National Defense Industrial Association, was moderated by Steven Grundman, the M.A. and George Lund Fellow in the Scowcroft Center.

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The Atlantic Council is pleased to announce that Deborah Lee James, the secretary of the US Air Force, will give an Atlantic Council Defense-Industrial Policy address entitled "Bending the Cost Curve" at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 14th, at the Atlantic Council's headquarters.

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US Navy's 'Acquisitions Executive' Describes Rising Challenges


The Congress must roll back limits on US defense spending, particularly in light of the heavy investments countries such as China and Russia are making in their navies, according to Sean J. Stackley, the assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development, and acquisition.

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What is the future of American Air Force acquisition? In the face of increasingly austere fiscal environments, how will the US continue to acquire cutting edge technology and maintain decisiveness on the battlefield? Dr. William LaPlante, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, gave an address entitled "The Role of Industry in Air Force Acquisition" as part of the Atlantic Council Defense-Industrial Policy series on June 13, 2014 to answer these difficult questions.

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Please join us on June 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. for an address by The Hon. William A. LaPlante, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, US Air Force, on the roles of industry and government in Air Force Acquisition.

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