About the series

The Captains of Industry Series is a platform for senior defense executives to address the public interests their companies serve and the public policies that shape their markets. By engaging the perspective of business leaders about issues at the interface of defense ministries and industries, the series aims to cultivate a constituency for practical solutions to these challenges. Past events include a discussion on redefining leadership with SAIC CEO Nazzic Keene and an exploration of the unremarked story of the aerospace industry’s role in the Apollo program.

Upcoming & recent events

Tue, Apr 13, 2021

The modern government services company: Innovating solutions to public challenges

Online Event The modern government services agency harnesses a spectrum of capabilities to respond to the toughest defense challenges. Siemens Government Technologies CEO Tina Dolph, Applied Research Associates CEO Robert Sues, and Professional Services Council CEO David Berteau join us for a Captains of Industry discussion on the innovation coming from this sector.

9:30am Defense Industry Defense Policy Defense Technologies United States and Canada

Wed, Feb 10, 2021

Innovating the business model of defense

Online Event The rise of China is resetting the Pentagon’s priorities and approach to sustaining military competitive advantages. Anduril CEO Brian Schimpf, Maxar CEO Dan Jablonsky, Atlantic Council Nonresident Senior Fellow Dr. Melissa Flagg, and NDIA Chairman MajGen Arnold Punaro join us for a Captains of Industry discussion on how the Department of Defense can adapt acquisition practices to improve its access to the US innovation base.

2:00pm Defense Industry Defense Policy Defense Technologies United States and Canada

Thu, Nov 7, 2019

Redefining leadership: A conversation with SAIC CEO Nazzic Keene

Public Event As we enter a new decade, corporate leadership goes beyond shareholder returns, and requires delivering on commitments to customers and building an effective workforce. Leadership in today’s dynamic, complex, and high-stakes market has evolved tremendously in the last two years alone. Within this context, SAIC CEO Nazzic Keene discusses the ways in which SAIC is transforming its culture with a heightened focus on talent, innovation, and mission to be a better partner and industry leader.

4:30pm Washington DC Defense Industry

Thu, Jul 18, 2019

The aerospace industry’s contributions to Apollo

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, this event will amplify the acclaimed achievements of NASA and the astronauts with a focus on the unremarked story of the aerospace industry’s role in the Apollo program. Apollo holds a distinctive place in the heritage of technology, businesses, and people who make up the contemporary landscape of aerospace and defense.

10:30am Washington DC Defense Industry Defense Technologies Space Space Security

Steve Grundman moderates a panel of industry leaders, including Barbara Humpton of Siemens USA, Andy Hove of AM General, and Brad Feldmann of Cubic Corporation (L-R).

Wed, Apr 4, 2018

Big Small Companies: How Size Matters in Defense Contracting

On April 4, the Atlantic Council hosted a public event on “Big Small Companies: How Size Matters in Defense Contracting.”

Captains of Industry Series by Joanna Jaworska

Series facilitator

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