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

ArticleMay 10, 2021 - 10:45am

USCC letter to Secretary Blinken re: Vaccines for Expats in the US Business Community

On Monday, May 10, the Chamber formally submitted DAEC’s Defense and Aerospace (D&A) recommendations regarding Vaccines for expats in the U.S. business community to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. DAEC worked closely with our members on this issue and we are grateful for their thought leadership, contributions and ongoing support.

ArticleMay 05, 2021 - 11:45am

May 5 OSD Conference Call & DLA Industry Association Leaders Webinar (J7):

Overview:OSD is wrapping up input on their 100-day study on Executive Order 14107 regarding Critical Minerals and Materials; the results will likely be published in June.DLA: 

ArticleApr 21, 2021 - 12:00pm

April 21 OSD call with the US Chamber and Associations Notes

OSD update:  continue to protect the discussion and those speaking; expecting a robust discussion today; a federal register notice is out regarding a 100-day report on supply chain so ensure if you industry have input you respond.  

EventApr 07, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:15pm

Virtual InSTEP with Ash Carter

Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for a session with former Secretary of Defense and Harvard Kennedy School Director of the Belfer Center Ash Carter, moderated by Washington Post Columnist David Ignatius.

EventMar 31, 2021 - 8:00am to 10:30am

Defense Industry Forum (ISIC) - The Quad, Potential for Industrial Partnership (ENG)

The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, also known as the Quad, is an informal security construct between Australia, India, Japan, and the United States. Prime Minister Abe initiated the discussion in 2007, which has evolved into summit meetings, information exchanges and military drills between member states.

EventMar 26, 2021 - 8:00am to 10:00am
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Promoting U.S.- India 5G Technology, Research and Development

U.S. Chamber and USIBC in conversation with India’s National Cyber Security Coordinator, Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Rajesh Pant and U.S. Department of Defense technical Director for 5G, Dr. Joseph Evans, discussing U.S.–India 5G technology, research and development. Goals to move to next G from 5G put together with working as partners being discussed.