5G Networks: The Acquisition Path Forward

March 25, 2019 - 5:00 pm

1030 15th St NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC

Please join the Atlantic Council on Monday, March 25, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. for "5G Networks: The Acquisition Path Forward", an address by the US Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, Ellen Lord. The event will take place at the Atlantic Council's Headquarters at 1030 15th St. NW, 12th Floor, in Washington, DC.

Ms. Lord will address the Department of Defense's commitment to ensuring that the United States and its allies enjoy secure and reliable networks while maintaining an open investment environment. She will also discuss how the Department of Defense plans to implement rigorous acquisition of 5G networks and technologies.

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.

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5G Networks: The Acquisition Path Forward

Featuring the Honorable Ellen Lord, US Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment

An Address by:

Ellen M. Lord

Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment

Department of Defense

Introduced by:

General James L. Jones, Jr., USMC (Ret.)

Executive Chairman Emeritus

Board of Directors

Atlantic Council

Moderated by:

Steven Grundman

Senior Fellow

Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security

Atlantic Council


The Honorable Ellen M. Lord currently serves as the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (A&S). In this capacity, she is responsible to the Secretary of Defense for all matters pertaining to acquisition; developmental testing; contract administration; logistics and material readiness; installations and environment; operational energy; chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons; the acquisition workforce; and the defense industrial base. Prior to this appointment, from October 2012 - June 2017, Ms. Lord served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Textron Systems Corporation, a subsidiary of Textron Inc. In this role, she led a multi-billion dollar business with a broad range of products and services supporting defense, homeland security, aerospace, infrastructure protection, and customers around the world. Ms. Lord has more than 30 years of experience in the defense industry, serving in a variety of capacities, to include Senior Vice President and General Manager of Textron Defense Systems, now Weapon & Sensor Systems; and Senior Vice President and General Manager of AAI Corporation, now known as Textron Systems' Electronic Systems, Support Solutions, and Unmanned Systems businesses. Earlier in her career, Ms. Lord served as Vice President of Integration Management for Textron Systems and Vice President of Intelligent Battlefield Systems for Textron Defense Systems, in addition to other business and operations positions. Ms. Lord is a former Vice Chairman of the National Defense Industrial Association, as well as a former Director of the U.S. - India Business Council. She has served on the industry steering committee for the Center for New American Security's (CNAS) task force on "Strategy, Technology and the Global Defense Industry," as well as CNAS's DoD-Industry collaborative project "Future Foundry: Forging New Industries for Defense," which was formed to examine key technological trends and challenges facing the global defense industry. Ms. Lord has also served on the Board of Trustees of the U.S. Naval Institute Foundation. Ms. Lord earned a Master of Science degree in chemistry from the University of New Hampshire, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry from Connecticut College.

General James L. Jones, USMC (Ret.) is the executive chairman emeritus of the Atlantic Council Board of Directors and the chairman of the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. He has spent his life serving and protecting America and American ideals. As the former commander of US European Command and Supreme Allied Commander Europe, he led all military operations for NATO and later, as national security advisor, he brought clear vision and steady leadership to America's mission in Iraq, the war in Afghanistan, and the country's interests around the world. Jones graduated from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and was commissioned into the Marine Corps in January 1967, pursuing a long career as a distinguished officer in the Marines. He became the 32nd commandant of the United States Marine Corps in July 1999. During his NATO assignment from 2003 to 2006, he advocated energy security and the defense of critical infrastructures as a core part of NATO's future missions. With the Chamber, Jones worked to unite energy consumers and producers for a common goal - to increase the variety of the US energy supply and associated infrastructures, to advance international cooperation on energy issues, to protect national energy security, and to promote better understanding of changes to the global climate and its effects on the environment. Upon retirement in February 2007, the combat veteran became the president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for 21st Century Energy and, in 2008, served as the State Department's Special Envoy for Middle East Regional Security. From 2009 until 2010, he served as President Obama's national security advisor at the White House.

Steven Grundman is the M.A. and George Lund fellow for emerging defense challenges with the Atlantic Council's Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. His practice addresses over-the-horizon challenges facing the transatlantic defense establishment, its militaries, ministries, and industries. Mr. Grundman is also the principal of Grundman Advisory, a professional services company that guides strategic management in public, private, and nonprofit organizations. Before founding that firm, Mr. Grundman was a vice president at Charles River Associates (CRA), a global business consultancy, where he was director of Aerospace and Defense Consulting and of Transportation Consulting. Mr. Grundman had general management responsibility for building the company's multimillion dollar line of business with aerospace and defense companies and for sustaining it world-class brand in travel demand forecasting. During his ten years at CRA, Mr. Grundman supervised over 170 engagements with dozens of companies in North America and Europe. The work contributed to clients' regulatory strategies, corporate and business development initiatives, mergers and acquisitions, and investment choices. His tenure at CRA was distinguished by thought-leadership about the strategic challenges facing the A&D industry. In the 1990s, Mr. Grundman served in a succession of appointments at the US Department of Defense culminating in his assignment as Deputy Under Secretary for industrial affairs and installations. Mr. Grundman monitored critical industrial capabilities, evaluated corporate mergers and acquisitions, and served on the Defense Acquisition Board. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and holds a master's in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.