About the series

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. Past speakers include Ms. Ellen Lord, under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, and LTG Charles Hooper, director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency.

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Wed, Jul 21, 2021

Modern mobilization: Defense-industrial preparedness for great-power conflict

Online Event As policymakers continue to grapple with the return of great-power competition, it is increasingly apparent that the US defense-industrial base is not optimized for rapid mobilization in response to long-term, high-intensity conflicts. Atlantic Council Senior Fellow James Hasik, CSIS Senior Advisor Mark Cancian, and DoD Supply Chain Risk Management Lead Brennan Grignon discuss how the government, military, and industry can adapt to meet the demands of modern mobilization.

3:30pm China Defense Industry Defense Policy Defense Technologies

Tue, May 5, 2020

Security through global partnerships

Public Event ONLINE EVENT – Lieutenant General Charles Hooper joins the Scowcroft Center for a virtual discussion on defense security cooperation in an era of great-power competition.

10:30am ONLINE EVENT Defense Industry Defense Policy Security Partnerships

Mon, Sep 30, 2019

Reenergizing transatlantic space cooperation in security and beyond

Public Event The next event in our Defense-Industrial Policy Series and launch of a new Issue Brief, “Reenergizing Transatlantic Space Cooperation in Security and Beyond” by Stephen Ganote, features keynote remarks by Scott Pace, the Executive Secretary of the US National Space Council and a panel discussion of the report by four distinguished business and government executives.

4:30pm Washington DC Defense Industry Defense Technologies Europe & Eurasia NATO

Tue, Apr 23, 2019

Implementing expansion of the National Technology Industry Base

Nonresident Senior Fellow William Greenwalt presents the key findings and recommendations from his groundbreaking report, “Leveraging the National Technology Industrial Base to Address Great-Power Competition.”

4:00pm Washington DC Defense Industry Defense Policy Defense Technologies National Security

Mon, Mar 25, 2019

5G networks: The acquisition path forward

US Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment Ellen Lord joins the Atlantic Council to address the Pentagon’s rigorous acquisition of 5G networks and technologies.

5:00pm Washington DC Defense Industry Defense Policy Defense Technologies Technology & Innovation

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