Implementing Defense-Industrial Policy

November 26, 2018 - 10:30 am

1030 15th St NW
Washington, DC
Please join the Atlantic Council on Monday, November 26, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for the next event in our Defense-Industrial Policy Series, featuring Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Eric Chewning.

Release last month of the Administration's Report to the President on the defense-industrial base--Assessing and Strengthening the Manufacturing and Defense industrial base and Supply Chain Resiliency of the United States--focuses attention on a number of its shortcomings and vulnerabilities which could adversely affect military preparedness and performance. Shoring up fragile nodes in the supply chain and incentivizing the development of capabilities which the National Defense Strategy identifies as differentiating to future military capabilities remains an imperative. However, neither the Report to the President nor the Strategy addresses in great detail exactly how the Pentagon and whole of government are going to respond. Accordingly, it is the purpose of this event to drill into the nuts and bolts of defense-industrial policies.
A distinguished panel, moderated by Senior Fellow Steve Grundman, will tackle the question:
  • Eric Chewning, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for industrial policy, is a principal author of the Report and exponent of defense-industrial policy in the Administration.
  • Caralynn Nowinski Collens, CEO of UI Labs, an innovation accelerator which sponsors the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute.
  • Arun Seraphin, professional staff member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, where his portfolio of responsibility includes acquisition policy, science and technology programs, technology transition issues, defense laboratories, and manufacturing programs.
  • Jeff Wilcox, vice president for digital transformation at Lockheed Martin, and chairman of the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership National Advisory Board and a member of its Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Board.
The Defense-Industrial Policy Series is a platform for senior government executives in defense and aerospace to address the public policies that shape these industries' markets. 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 problems.
Register now by clicking the RSVP button above. We hope you can join us for this important discussion.

Implementing Defense-Industrial Policy

Eric Chewning
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy
Department of Defense

Discussion With:
Caralynn Nowinski Collens
Chief Executive Officer
UI Labs

Arun Seraphin
Professional Staff Member
Senate Armed Services Committee

Jeffrey Wilcox
Vice President, Digital Transformation
Lockheed Martin

Moderated by:
Steven Grundman
M.A. and and George Lund Fellow for Emerging Defense Challenges,
Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security

Atlantic Council


Eric Chewning currently serves as the deputy assistant secretary of defense for industrial policy.  In this capacity, he is the principal adviser to the under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment (A&S) for analyzing the capabilities, overall health, and policies concerning the industrial base on which the Department relies for current and future warfighting capabilities and requirements. Chewning is also responsible for developing the Department’s position on the business combinations and transactions, both foreign and domestic, that shape and affect national security. Chewning has over seventeen years of experience advising decision makers in military-industrial markets. Prior to his assignment with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, he was a partner with the global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, where he worked alongside financial sponsors and corporate leaders in the global aerospace, defense, government services, and space industries. 

Caralynn Nowinski Collens, MD, serves as the chief executive officer of UI LABS, a first-of-its-kind innovation accelerator designed to transform entire industries through collaboration. Drawing from her past experiences as an entrepreneur, researcher, and venture capitalist, Collens offers a unique perspective to UI LABS’ efforts to foster innovation, encourage collaboration, and drive economic growth. Prior to UI LABS, Collens was associate vice president for innovation & economic development at the University of Illinois. Collens is a graduate of Northwestern University and she received her joint MD/MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dr. Arun A. Seraphin is a professional staff member on the staff of the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services. His areas of responsibility include acquisition policy, Pentagon management issues, the Department of Defense’s science and technology programs, information technology systems, technology transition issues, defense laboratories, Small Business Innovation Research program, manufacturing programs, and test and evaluation programs. As such, Seraphin assists senators in their oversight of DOD policies and programs, including in the authorization of budgets, civilian nominations, legislative initiatives, and hearings. He rejoined the committee staff in 2014, after previously serving there between 2001 and 2010. From 2010 to 2014, Seraphin served as the principal assistant director for national security and international affairs at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). He was on detail to OSTP from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) where he was the special assistant for policy initiatives to the director of DARPA.

Jeffrey Wilcox is vice president for digital transformation at Lockheed Martin. He oversees the Digital Transformation Office (DTO) and is responsible for the design, development, and implementation of Lockheed Martin’s operations strategy. This office is chartered with leveraging emerging digital technologies to transform systems design, production, and sustainment and ensuring the workforce and systems are in place to enable successful transformation. Previously, Wilcox served as vice president for engineering and program operations for Lockheed Martin. In this capacity, he was responsible for the effectiveness and efficiency of the engineering, program management, production operations and sustainment functions across the enterprise. Prior to that role, Wilcox served as vice president for corporate engineering where he was responsible for the engineering enterprise, ensuring that the right people, processes, tools, and technologies were in place to successfully deliver innovative engineering solutions to customers’ most complex challenges. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Wilcox served for seventeen years with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). 

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. 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, 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.