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ComDef 2020 | Ensuring a Resilient and Agile Defense Industrial Base | Sep 29-Oct 1 | Virtual  


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The Hon. Ellen M. Lord, Under Secretary of Defense for A&S (Confirmed)
Air Marshal (ret.) Sir Simon John Bollom, KBE, CB, FREng, CEO, Defence Equipment and Support, UK (Confirmed)
Heidi Grant, Director DTSA (Confirmed)
Gregory M. Kausner, Executive Director, Executive Director, International Cooperation, OUSD(A&S) (Confirmed)
Rear Admiral Francis D. Morley, Director, Navy International Programs Office (Confirmed)
Kelli L. Seybolt, Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs (Confirmed)
Mark Goldsack, Director, Defence and Security Exports, Department for International Trade, UK (Confirmed)
Michael Laychek, Acting Director DTSA (Confirmed)
Edward Ferguson, Minister Defence, British Embassy, Washington, DC (Confirmed)
Matthew S. Borman, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Export Administration (Confirmed)
Angus Lapsley, Director General Strategy & International, MoD, UK (Confirmed)
Air Vice Marshall Harvey Smyth, Director, Space, MoD, UK (Confirmed)
Michael J. Vaccaro, Director, International Armaments Cooperation, DoD (A&S)
Andrew Forzani, Chief Commercial Officer, Ministry of Defence, UK (Confirmed)
Frank Finelli, Managing Director, Carlyle Group (Confirmed)
Katie Arrington, Chief Information Security Officer, CISO(A) to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, ASD(A) (Confirmed)
Lorna Prosper, Senior Director, USA Operations, Canadian Commercial Corporation (Confirmed)
William Greenwalt, Visiting Fellow, AEI (Confirmed)
Andrew P. Hunter, Director, Def.-Ind'l Initiatives Group and Snr Fellow, Int'l Security Prog., CSIS (Confirmed)
Gary Stanley, President, Global Legal Services, P.C. (Confirmed)
Vago Muradian, Editor, Defense & Aerospace Report (Confirmed)


  • This Administration has shifted focus to near peer competition
    • How will this impact older defense programs?
    • What will its impact be on force structure?
    • What programs are likely to be impacted?
    • What strategies will be given emphasis in exporting?
    • Will there be more protectionism?
    • How will basing adjustments be addressed?
    • How fast will industry adjust to the new realities?
    • Will there be a frenzy of mergers and acquisitions?
    • Will defense industry quickly integrate commercial technology into their offerings?
    • What role will commercial firms play in defense to speed up the techology refresh?
    • What new procurement approaches will be tested to bring in commercial/non traditional entities?
    • How will COVID 19 alter the landscape?
  • How will NATO adjust to evolving imperatives?
    • Several nations in Europe have begun to increase defense budgets.
    • NATO is reviewing its focus areas in light of recent government changes and international events.
    • BREXIT and its aftermath - how will the UK engage with Europe and the United States?
    • A changed security situation in Europe, in particular in the Baltic Sea area, have created new challenges and operating environments. 
    • Will the evolving situation in Europe impact US Pacific efforts? 
  • How is the threat matrix influencing equipment development and cooperation?
    • Immediate risk planning and signaling
    • Future operating environments - Space and Cyber
  • Where are the low hanging fruit of cooperation and capability?
    • Will Exportability be baked into security cooperation?
    • Where should friends and allies invest their capability?
    • in what technologies and capabilities should governments invest?
    • What will be the impact of cancelled programs on arms exports?
  • How can industry partner internationally for success?
  • How potent are existing and envisaged export control regimes?

Government and industry representatives from more than 35 countries will be participating. Over 30 speakers will provide their insight and perspectives.

Network with Government and industry leaders from all US Services and Agencies at this premier international event held in Washington.

  • Government Industrial policy staff
  • Government international agreements staff
  • Government FMS staff
  • Government R&D community
  • Embassy officials
    • Procurement
    • R&D
    • Defense Cooperation Attaches
    • Service Attaches
  • Industry government relations executives
  • Industry business development executives
  • Industry sales and marketing executives
  • Industry merger and acquisition staff
  • Aviation and defense financial analysts
  • Think Tanks
  • Defense media
  • Academia