Implementing Expansion of the National Technology Industry Base

April 23, 2019 - 4:00 pm

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

Please join the Atlantic Council on Tuesday, April 23, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for "Leveraging the National Technology Industrial Base to Address Great-Power Competition", a comprehensive report by William Greenwalt, former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy. Greenwalt will present the key findings and recommendations of the report followed by a panel of experts from the perspectives of government, industry, and the legislature. The event will take place at the Atlantic Council's Headquarters at 1030 15th St. NW, 12th Floor, in Washington, DC.


In US law, the National Technology and Industrial Base (NTIB) comprises the industrial bases of the United States and three of its closest historical allies, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Canada was included when the original NTIB was established in 1994 and its scope was expanded in 2016 to include Australia and the United Kingdom. That recent expansion has corresponded with a changing threat and technology environment, in which the leading sources of industrial innovation reside outside the defense sector and, increasingly, beyond the US and its Western allies. This new threat and technology environment will require a different type of NTIB to support future defense-industrial planning and execution. The purpose of this new Atlantic Council report is to promote urgent deliberations over what a modern NTIB should look like, and to encourage Congress and the administration to adopt measures that will enable access to defense-industrial resources that are more responsive to the needs of the National Defense Strategy.


The Defense-Inudstrial 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 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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Implementing Expansion of the National Technology Industry Base


William Greenwalt

Senior Fellow

Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security

Atlantic Council


In conversation with:

Jeffrey "Scott" Baum

Principal Director for Industrial Policy

US Department of Defense


Samantha L. Clark

Special Counsel


Brett B. Lambert

Vice President of Corporate Strategy

Northrop Grumman


Jeffrey "Scott" Baum currently serves as the Principal Director for Industrial Policy. In this role he is responsible for analyzing the capabilities, overall health, and policies concerning the industrial base on which the Deparmtnet relies for current and future warfighting capabilities. Industrial Policy is also responsible for developing the Department's posiiton on the business combinations and transactions, both foreign and domestic, that shape and affect natioanl security. The office is the designated point of contact for foreign industrial base engagements, strengthening international alliances and building new partnerships. Prior to Senior Executive Service Mr. Baum was the Director of the Office of Commercial & Economic Analysis in the United States Air Force. He was responsible for reducing commercial and economic risk to the Air Force industrial base. He has also served as program manager responsible for applied research projects and legislateive liaison support to the Under Secretary of Defense (Intelligence). Mr. Baum brings an array of military and industry experience to the role. His iniitial service to the Department occurred as a Commissioned Officer in the US Army comanding troops conducting operations in Kuwait, Iraq, and across Africa.

As Special Counsel, Samantha L. Clark practices in Covington's Public Policy Practice Group as well as the CFIUS and Government Contracts groups. Ms. Clark provides advisory and advocacy support to clients facing policy, political, and regulatory challenges in the aerospace, defense, and national security sector. Before joining the firm, Ms. Clark served in a number of senior staff positions on the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, most recently as Deputy Staff Director and General Counsel. In this role, she managed the passage of the National Defense Authorizaiton Act (NDAA), the annual defense polic ybill that authorizes the Defense Department's $700 billion budget. The Secretary of the Navy awarded Ms. Clark the Department of the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award for her "exceptional service to the Department of the Navy as Deupty Staff Director of the Senate Armed Services Committee." Ms. Clark is a member of the Bar of Arizona. 

Brett B. Lambert is Vice President of Corporate Strategy at Northrop Grumman, a position he assumed in 2015. Prior to joining the firm, he was an Executive-in-Residence with Renaissance Strategic Advisors, a Senior Fellow at the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), and served on several corporate boards involved in national security and intelligence. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), a Senior Associate (non-resident) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a board member of the Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Institute (ARM) led by Carnegie Mellon University, a board member of The Henry L. Stimson Center, and in 2016 was appointed by the Secretary of Defense to serve on the Department’s Reserve Forces Policy Board. In 2017 he was appointed to serve on the Dean’s Advisory Council for Kansas State University Polytechnic, a University focused on the development of UAS human capital talent. In 2018 he was appointed to the Nuclear Security Working Group, a non-partisan network of leaders in the field of national and nuclear security. Mr. Lambert was also appointed in 2018 to the Board of Advisors of George Mason University’s School of Business Center for Government Contracting. From 2009 - 2013, Mr. Lambert was appointed by President Obama as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy. In this position Mr. Lambert served as the principal advisor to the USD (AT&L) on all matters relating to the defense industrial base, including industrial capabilities and assessments; defense industry mergers, acquisitions and consolidation; preservation of essential industries and technologies; and other industrial related matters. In 2011 he was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service and in 2013 he was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the highest award from the Secretary available to a non-career civilian. Prior to joining the DoD, Mr. Lambert spent 20 years working with defense and intelligence firms.

Bill Greenwalt is an advisor and consultant to a range of government and private sector clients on defense and government matters. He co-founded Brinkley Greenwalt Capital Partners to invest in next generation firms, selcted for their high potential in oth defense and commercial markets. He is als currently a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council within the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security and a fellow at the Naitonal Academy for Public Administraiton. Previously, Mr. Greenwalt worked at the US Senate where he was a professional staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee responsible for acquisition and industrial base issues. Prior to rejoining th eSenate in 2015, he was a visiting fellow at the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies at the American Enterprise Instititue. Mr. Greenwalt has served in senior positions at the Pentagon, in Congress, and in the defense indsutry, including Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Industrial Policy and Director fo Federal Acquisition Policy at Lockheed Martin.