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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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

Mon, Nov 26, 2018

Implementing Defense-Industrial Policy

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 […]

11:30am Washington DC

Series facilitator

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