- President, Defense and Aerospace Council, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Keith Webster is president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Defense and Aerospace Council (DAC) and the Federal Acquisition Council (FAC) and vice president at the Chamber. He is an acquisition certified official and brings to the Chamber 32 years of experience leading international policy formulation and implementation. He is responsible for guiding the focus of DAC to strengthen U.S. defense and aerospace industries by influencing both domestic and international policy on behalf of its members.
Webster leads the Chamber’s efforts to increase advocacy and analytic work; promote DAC and FAC matters of interest to government entities, Congress, and the broader business community; and work cross-functionally with various departments at the Chamber to engage foreign and U.S. government officials to advance each council’s agenda.
Before joining the Chamber, Webster served the Department of Defense with distinction. He was director of International Cooperation from 2012 to 2017 and has years of expertise in foreign sales of military equipment and services, international agreements, international scientific cooperation, and technology security foreign disclosure processes.
Webster was awarded the rank of Officer in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic in May 2019, the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service in 2017, and the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award in 2015.He was knighted in 2012 by the Ambassador of France to the United States.
He received his M.A. in international relations from Catholic University in 2001 and his B.S. in business finance (cum laude) from Towson State University in 1984. Webster was the CEO of HENSOLDT Inc. USA, a former member of the board of directors of HENSOLDT Inc., and is a member of the strategic advisory boards of Mercure Global LLC and Lone Star Analysis.