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Adam Broecker, Vice President of LMEvolve, Lockheed Martin (Confirmed)
Frank Clifford, Head for Americas and Asia Pacific, UK Defence and Security Exports Department for Business and Trade (Confirmed)
Laura Farhall, Minister Counselor, Defence Acquisition and Technology, British Embassy, Wash, DC (Confirmed)
Rosemary Gauci, Minister-Counsellor Defence Materiel, Embassy of Australia, Wash., DC (Confirmed)
Christopher Haave, VP, Enterprise Technology Release, RTX (Confirmed)
Major General Odd-Harald Hagen, Defense Attaché, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Wash., DC (Confirmed)
Dak Hardwick, Vice President, International Affairs, Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) (Confirmed)
Todd Harrison, Managing Director, Metrea Strategic Insights (Confirmed)
Sander Oude Hengel, Defense Cooperation Attaché, Royal Netherlands Embassy, Washington, DC (Confirmed)
Taisuke Hirose, Senior Director, Defense & Space, Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. (Confirmed)
Karla Horn, Executive Director, Navy International Program Office (Confirmed)
James A. Hursch, Director, DSCA (Confirmed)
The Hon. Dr. William A. LaPlante, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment USD(A&S) (Confirmed)
Michael Laychak, Director, Defense Technology Security Administration (Confirmed)
Eric Longnecker, Director, Office of Strategic Industries and Economic Security (SES), Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Dept. of Commerce (Confirmed)
Patrick Mason, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Defense Exports & Cooperation (Confirmed)
MATSUMOTO Kyosuke, Director General, Department of Technology Strategy, Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency, Japan Ministry of Defense (Confirmed)
Justin K. McFarlin, Dep. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Base Development & Int’l Engagement, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Base Policy, DoD (A&S) (Confirmed)
Robert S. Metzger, Partner, Rogers Joseph O'Donnell, PC. (Confirmed)
RADM (Ret.) Mark Montgomery, Senior Director, Center on Cyber and Technology Innovation, Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) & Executive Director, CSC 2.0 (Confirmed)
Vago Muradian, Editor, Defense and Aerospace Report (Confirmed)
Jedidiah P. Royal, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs (Confirmed)
Steven A. Ruehl, Sr., Director of Policy and Programs, Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs (Confirmed)
The Hon. Arthur Sinodinos AO, Partner & Chair of Australia Practice, The Asia Group, former Australian Ambassador to US (Confirmed)
John Suding, Executive Director, East Asia, Defense and Government Services, Boeing Defense, Space & Security (Confirmed)
Matthew Travis, Chief Executive Officer, The Cyber AB (Confirmed)
Becca Wasser, Senior Fellow for the Defense Program and lead of The Gaming Lab at CNAS (Confirmed)
Quentin Whiteree, President, IDEEA, Inc.


  • ComDef 2023, the 55th event in the Common Defense Conference series, will take place on the 25th of October at the Boeing Company, Arlington, VA. The conference will have the theme, "Forging Indo-Pacific Partnerships". The featured country will be Japan.
  • What new acquisition approaches should be expected? Will these approaches be legislated? How will these impact older defense programs? What programs are likely to be impacted? What will be the impact of AUKUS, QUAD and other arrangements? How will supply chains be expedited? Will sourcing be dispursed?
  • What will be the outlook for the Defense Budget?
  • Will the evolving situation in Europe impact US Pacific efforts? 
  • Future operating environments - Space and Cyber
    • How will Space and Cyber shape the future defense posture?
    • How can Cyber be made more resilient? 
    • What is the future for CMMC? Will there be reciprocal cyber standards, third party review and authentication 
    • How will international supply chains shape the response?
  • Where are the low hanging fruit of cooperation and capability?
    • Will Exportability be baked into security cooperation? Can Exportability be pushed to the left in the procurement process? Will there be export help for companies with non programs of record in the US? What forms could these possibly take?
    • 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?  Are major changes needed?
    • What strategies will be given emphasis in exporting? Which agencies will be given more authority?
    • What will be the impact of the new Buy American Executive Orders? How will these dovetail efforts to utilize allied defense industrial bases? What domestic and foreign candidates are there for future international cooperative programs?
    • How fast will industry adjust to the new realities? Will there be a frenzy of mergers and acquisitions? What will the Administration's stance be on M&A in the defense sector?
    • Will defense industry quickly integrate commercial technology into their offerings? What role will commercial firms play in defense to speed up the technology refresh?
    • What new procurement approaches will be tested to bring in commercial/non traditional entities?

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 person this year.

  • Government/Services Acquisition community
  • Government Industrial policy staff
  • Government/Services international agreements staff
  • Government/Services FMS staff
  • Government/Services 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 Offset and Countertrade executives
  • Industry merger and acquisition staff
  • Aviation and defense financial analysts
  • Think Tanks
  • Defense media
  • Academia
  • Hill Staffers