Defense and Aerospace Export Council

The Defense and Aerospace Export Council's mission is to increase the competitiveness of defense and aerospace exporters.


  • Shape the legal, policy, and procedural practices of the U.S. and foreign governments challenging U.S. industry’s continued success in global markets.
  • Working with the administration, the Congress, Pentagon, State Department, Commerce Department and think tanks, DAEC is helping members influence investments by the U.S. government and champions continued federal aerospace and defense investments for the post-pandemic global security environment.
  • Aiding members who value our relationship with the new administration with government relations support and providing critical info necessary to navigate this change in government.

2021 Priorities

  1. IMPLEMENTATION: Advance and shape the U.S. administration’s assessment of and modification to various arms transfer policies through ongoing interagency discussions.
  2. FACILIATION: Facilitate and promote foreign government policies, legislation, and processes through the Chamber’s international council engagements.
  3. ADVOCATE FOR CHANGE: Continue building support within the administration and with members of Congress to affect measurable change to ensure that our industries remain successful globally and have the support they need to increase market share.
  4. EXPANSION: Influence and expand industry’s global market share while advocating for sustained defense spending.


We plan to devote expertise and resources to collect information about political and regulatory developments that affect the viability of member company business pursuits abroad. This includes using the Chamber’s long-standing relationships with foreign governments and the U.S. Congress and the executive branch.


We will use our experience and resources to assist members with specific pursuits by lending expert advice.


Participation in the council provides members with opportunities to highlight their brand to potential industry partners and the U.S. and foreign governments.


The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. As a privately funded organization, independent from the United States Government, our internationally recognized team of lobbyists, communicators, and policy experts advance the business community’s interests.

The fundamental activity of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is to develop and implement policy on major issues affecting business. Key to this effort is the work of committees, subcommittees, task forces, and councils involving more than 1,500 representatives of member corporations, organizations, and the academic community who serve voluntarily.

With unparalleled access to key decision makers in the United States and abroad, we are working to expand U.S. companies’ access to the 95% of the world’s population that lives beyond our borders. In almost every instance, significant policy and public issue positions originate with one of these Chamber components.

For more information, contact Keith Webster, President, Defense and Aerospace Export Council

Recent Activity

ArticleAug 23, 2021 - 3:45pm

August 18 OSD Conference Call Notes

August 18, 2021 OSD COVID Conference Call with Chamber and Associations: This is conducted under Chatham House Rule and not for attribution.  Names and affiliations here are for the sake of context and for internal use only  

ArticleJul 22, 2021 - 12:00pm

BEA News: Direct Investment by Country and Industry, 2020

The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) has issued the following news release today:

ArticleJul 21, 2021 - 2:00pm

July 21 OSD Conference Call

OSD Overview: Director for Industry engagement kicked off the meeting today.  OSD Small Business Director update on the advisory from NSA and FBI related to concerns USG has with China and their cyber activity.  Earlier in the week the U.S.

ArticleJun 24, 2021 - 3:30pm

NATO Out-brief

Keith Webster met with US personnel in Brussels regarding last week’s NATO meeting (Communique linked here).  Here ar

ArticleJun 16, 2021 - 9:45am

June 16 OSD Conference Call

OSD overview:  MIBP – Remains a priority for OSD to continue engaging with industry; have added “partnership” to pillars of OSD industrial collaboration; focusing on semi-conductor industries and women and minority owned businesses who the SecDef will be meeting with shortly; OSD has lost 40% of the supply base over the past decade and this is of concern and looking for ways to

EventJun 09, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Keith Webster, Knight

Global Industrials and Transportation Virtual Conference ft. Keith Webster, President of the Defense and Aerospace Export Council

This afternoon, UBS Investment Bank hosted Keith Webster, President of the Defense and Aerospace Export Council, to discuss the impact of the new administration on defense exports as seen now through an ESG lens and how the administration may alter its view of allowed export countries and equipment.   

ArticleJun 07, 2021 - 11:45am

May 19 OSD Conference Call

OSD Overview:  special guest Colin Sepko who runs trusted capital program in A&S and is new to the Pentagon coming from the private sector.  Trusted capital update:  why?  Three strategic challenges for DIB are consolidation of DIB (significant changes in past five years); manufacturing and investment standpoint (most investments target software vice manufacturing due to ma