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

Roger Krone (right) discusses Leidos and the industry marketplace with Steven Grundman (left).

Mon, Apr 2, 2018

Making a Safer, Healthier, and More Efficient World

On April 2, the Atlantic Council hosted Roger Krone, chairman and chief executive officer of Leidos, for a conversation on “Making a Safer, Healthier, and More Efficient World” as a part of the Atlantic Council’s Captains of Industries Series.  

Captains of Industry Series by Emily Dean

Wed, Apr 4, 2018

Big Small Companies: How Size Matters in Defense Contracting

A CONVERSATION WITH Brad Feldmann Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer Cubic Corporation Andy Hove President and Chief Executive Officer  AM General Barbara Humpton President and Chief Executive Officer Siemens Government Technologies MODERATED BY Steven Grundman Senior Fellow and Director, Emerging Defense Challenges Atlantic Council Please join the Atlantic Council on Wednesday, April 4th, from […]

4:30pm Washington DC

Thu, Nov 10, 2016

Corporate-Venture Investing in Aerospace & Defense

Captains of Industry Series by Atlantic Council

Wed, Nov 9, 2016

Corporate-Venture Investing in Aerospace & Defense

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE WEBCAST An introduction by: George Lund Chairman, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors Torch Hill Investment Partners, Atlantic Council A presentation by: Maryam Haque Vice President of Research National Venture Capital Association A conversation with: Thomas d’Halluin Chief Executive Officer US Venture Investments Airbus Brett Lambert Vice President Corporate […]

5:30pm Washington DC

Sat, Jun 18, 2016

Can Aerospace and Defense Avoid US Automakers’ Mistakes?

At the end of 2014, the CEO of naval shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries, Mike Petters, delivered an address at the Atlantic Council entitled, “Playing the Long Game”. In it, Petters made the case for the chief executive’s leadership antidote to what he called “the institutionalization of the short-term”: No. 1: You have to think that […]

Captains of Industry Series by Steve Grundman

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Mon, May 10, 2021

Mission resilience: Adapting defense aerospace to evolving cybersecurity challenges

While aerospace presents inherently distinct challenges from other spaces, defense organizations could look to the private sector and adapt commercial practices to implement the principles of resilience.

Report by Simon Handler, Trey Herr, Steve Luczynski, and Reed Porada

Cybersecurity Defense Industry

Tue, May 4, 2021

A plea to the Pentagon: Don’t sacrifice resilience on the altar of innovation

US defense systems are vulnerable because they are brittle and unmaintained, and thus not resilient. Fixing it will require a new approach to acquisition.

New Atlanticist by JC Herz

Cybersecurity Defense Industry

Mon, May 3, 2021

How the US and EU can counter digital threats together

Russian and Chinese threats all seek to exploit gaps in Western cyber defenses and digital and information governance. To close these gaps as a part of its defense strategy, the United States should develop a strong collaborative relationship with the European Union in the digital and information sphere.

Seizing the advantage by Harry I. Hannah

Cybersecurity Defense Industry

Wed, Apr 28, 2021

Nurkin in Defense News on future US space capabilities

Forward Defense Nonresident Senior Fellow Tate Nurkin published an article in DefenseNews titled “What focus areas are key to America’s future space capabilities?”

In the News by Atlantic Council

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Sun, Apr 11, 2021

The future of security in space: A thirty-year US strategy

Outer space is rapidly transforming as new actors test new limits. This Atlantic Council Strategy Paper calls for the United States and its allies and partners to secure space over the next three decades or risk wasting the promise of this emerging domain.

Atlantic Council Strategy Paper Series by Clementine G. Starling, Mark J. Massa, Lt Col Christopher P. Mulder, and Julia T. Siegel

China Cybersecurity