ComDef 2020: Ensuring a Resilient and Agile Defense Industrial Base

 In Defense, Industrial

ComDef 2020 Washington, DC Conference | Sep 29- Oct 01st |

Goals for ComDef 2020 Conference

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.

Participate 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

Speaker and Presenter Information

  • Katie Arrington, Chief Information Security Officer, CISO(A) to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, ASD(A) (Confirmed)
  • Rutha Astravas, Director Continental Materiel Cooperation, DGIIP/ADM(MAT), DnD Canada
  • Adrian Baguley, Director General, Strategic Enablers, MoD, UK (Confirmed)
  • Air Marshal (ret.) Sir Simon John Bollom, KBE, CB, FREng, CEO, Defence Equipment and Support, UK (Confirmed)
  • Matthew S. Borman, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Export Administration (Confirmed)
  • Richard Burley, Acquisition Attaché — Defence Acquisition and Technology, British Embassy, Washington, DC (Confirmed)
  • Stacy A Cummings, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Acquisition Enablers (PDASD(AE) (Confirmed)
  • McKenzie Eaglen, Resident Fellow, AEI (Confirmed)
  • Valerie Evans MBE, Head of International Relations, MoD, UK (Confirmed)
  • Edward Ferguson, Minister Defence, British Embassy, Washington, DC (Confirmed)
  • Frank Finelli, Managing Director, Carlyle Group (Confirmed)
  • Andrew Forzani, Chief Commercial Officer, Ministry of Defence, UK (Confirmed)
  • James “Hondo” Geurts, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition– Tech Bridges
  • Mark Goldsack, Director, DIT Defence and Security Organisation, UK (Confirmed)
  • Bill Greenwalt, Visiting Fellow, AEI (Confirmed)
  • Heidi Grant, Director, Defense Security Cooperation Agency (Confirmed)
  • Christopher Haave, Vice President, International Operations and Disclosure, Raytheon Technologies (Confirmed)
  • Kim Herrington, Acting Principal Director, Defense Pricing and Contracting, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (USD(A&S)
  • Andrew Hunter, Director, Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group and Senior Fellow, International Security Program, CSIS (Confirmed)
  • Air Vice Marshall Harvey Smyth, Director, Space, MoD, UK (Confirmed)
  • Nick Joad, Director Defence Science & Technology (DST) /Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser at UK Ministry of Defence (Confirmed)
  • Gregory M. Kausner, Executive Director, International Cooperation, OUSD(A&S) (Confirmed)
  • Angus Lapsley, Director General Strategy & International, MoD, UK (Confirmed)
  • Michael Laychak, Acting Director DTSA (Confirmed)
  • Sandra E. Long, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Def. Exports and Cooperation, ASA(ALT) (Confirmed)
  • The Hon. Ellen M. Lord, Under Secretary of Defense for A&S (Confirmed)
  • Christine Maxwell, Director, Cyber Defence and Risk, MoD, UK
  • Robert S. Metzger, Partner, Rogers Joseph O’Donnell, PC. (Confirmed)
  • Mike Miller, DAS Bur.Pol.Mil.Afrs. DDTC (Confirmed)
  • Rear Admiral Francis D. Morley, Director, Navy International Programs Office (Confirmed)
  • Lois Nicholson, Counsellor Defence Acquisition and Technology, British Embassy, Washington, DC (Confirmed)
  • Alison Petchell, Minister-Counselor Defence Materiel, Embassy of Australia, Washington, DC (Confirmed)
  • Will Roper, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics
  • Kelli L. Seybolt, Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs (Confirmed)
  • Gary Stanley, President, Global Legal Services, P.C. (Confirmed)
  • Lieutenant General L. Neil Thurgood, Director for Hypersonics, Directed Energy, Space and Rapid Acquisition, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology)
  • Huw Walters, UK Director Economic Security and Prosperity, UK Ministry of Defence (Confirmed)
  • Dakota Wood, Senior Research Fellow, Defense Programs, Center for National Defense, Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, Heritage Foundation
  • Michael J. Vaccaro, Director, International Armaments Cooperation, DoD (A&S) (Confirmed)

Expected Number of Attendees


Relevant Government Agencies

Air Force, Army, Navy & Marine Corps, Intelligence Agencies, DOD & Military, Office of the President (includes OMB), Dept of Homeland Security, NASA, Coast Guard, Foreign Governments/Agencies

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