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May 2, 2022

The Pentagon needs a new technology strategy to deter Russia and China, says Lockheed Martin CEO

By Atlantic Council

Lockheed Martin Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer James Taiclet joined the Atlantic Council to talk about a security strategy for the twenty-first century.

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Please join the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security for our inaugural Forward Defense Forum, designed for defense visionaries to put forth creative ideas for the future of US and allied security.

This event, “Understanding the Challenges of US & Allied Defense Innovation: A Conversation with James D. Taiclet,” will take place on Friday, April 29, 2022, from 1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. ET via Zoom. To receive the Zoom link, please click the REGISTER button above.

The twenty-first century security environment is characterized by accelerating security challenges. The rise of major geopolitical competitors, the fielding of rapidly advancing military capabilities, and the all-encompassing nature of competition—occurring across domains and nonmilitary spheres—challenge the United States’ traditional way of war.

Most recently, Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, coupled with an ever-more capable China, test deterrence and defense in the near term. US defense planners must identify which capabilities and warfighting methods will be on the frontlines of the future fight. This discussion will consider how the Department of Defense—acting alongside its allies, interagency counterparts, and industry partners—can update its capabilities to maintain a favorable military balance of power into the next decade.

On April 29, Lockheed Martin Corporation president, chairman, and chief executive officer James D. Taiclet will join us in conversation with NBC national security and military correspondent Courtney Kube. They will consider how the United States and its allies and partners can most effectively develop and employ advanced military capabilities, taking into account interim lessons from the ongoing Russian war.

We hope you can join us for what promises to be an important and timely discussion. To receive the virtual Zoom link, please register by completing the registration form below.

The Forward Defense Forum is designed for defense visionaries to put forth novel ideas for how the United States and its allies and partners can adapt, innovate, and win on the future battlefield.

A fireside chat featuring

James D. Taiclet

President, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Moderated by

Courtney Kube

National Security and Military Correspondent, NBC News

Introduced by

Amb. Paula J. Dobriansky

Vice Chair, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, Atlantic Council;
Senior Fellow, Future of Diplomacy Project, Harvard University Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs;
Former Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs, US Department of State

Forward Defense, housed within the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, generates ideas and connects stakeholders in the defense ecosystem to promote an enduring military advantage for the United States, its allies, and partners. Our work identifies the defense strategies, capabilities, and resources the United States needs to deter and, if necessary, prevail in future conflict.