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Please join the Atlantic Council for a virtual address and discussion with Lieutenant General Charles Hooper, director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), on “Security Through Global Partnerships.” The event will take place on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EDT, and will be held online through Zoom video-conference technology. To receive the Zoom link, please register by clicking the REGISTER button above.

The United States is, and always has been, stronger with allies. In a renewed era of great-power competition, the Pentagon has identified the imperative to strengthen alliances and attract new partners as a pillar of its 2018 National Defense Strategy (NDS). Accordingly, robust defense security cooperation is essential to implementation of the NDS.

Building allied capacity and capability is the multifaceted mission of DSCA. Moreover, defense security cooperation involves far more than simply Foreign Military Sales; it requires training, advising, and equipping foreign partners so they can integrate sophisticated capabilities, and sometimes it also involves rendering humanitarian and disaster relief. Because defense security cooperation is often undertaken in coordination with industrial partners it is regarded as an important instrument of defense-industrial policy.

As director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, LTG Charles Hooper will join us to discuss the intersection of security cooperation, defense policy, and the industrial base in an era of great-power competition. General Hooper will make prepared remarks, which will be followed by a discussion with Steven Grundman, senior fellow in the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, who also will moderate questions from the online audience.

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 Defense-Industrial Policy Series is a platform for senior government executives in defense and aerospace to address the public policies that shape the market for defense goods and services. By engaging the perspective of government leaders about issues at the interface of defense ministries and industries, the series aims to cultivate a constituency for practical solutions to these challenges.