Defense and Aerospace Export Council

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

Policy Advocacy

We will employ policy advocacy directed at U.S. and foreign governments, along with foreign private and public sector industrial partners. To help D&A companies increase market share abroad, we envision mandating increased consideration of foreign availability in U.S. government tech release policies, promoting new bilateral industrial security mechanisms with foreign governments, better resourcing of FMS/DCS processing in the U.S. government, addressing global offset issues, and focusing on myriad country-specific challenges that our companies face in each region of the world. 

Strategic Plan

During the first year, the Defense and Aerospace Export Council will do the following:

  1. Host initial discussions and conduct a survey of industry executives on the global challenges they face competing with foreign exporters.
  2. Narrow our focus to regional/country-specific challenges.
  3. Publish a report summarizing and ranking the challenges U.S. exporters face.
  4. Produce legislative and regulatory policy proposals.
  5. Develop a strategy to build political coalitions to support policy reforms.
  6. Execute strategy and mobilize supporters.


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

ArticleSep 14, 2020 - 11:45am
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DAEC Summary of key highlights from CSIS report: Analysis of the FY2021 Defense Budget

Reference:  Analysis of the FY2021 Defense Budget, by Todd Harrison and Seamus Daniels, CSIS Defense Budget Analysis Program, dated August 2020 (see linked document).

ArticleAug 26, 2020 - 2:15pm

August 26 OUSD Conference Call Notes

OSD A&S: Major technical difficulties today with Zoom platform for this call so we had a truncated agenda.  OSD A&S will send some additional information via email today that we will push out to our members. DTC: 

ArticleAug 05, 2020 - 4:00pm

August 5 OUSD A&S COVID Conference Call Notes

OSD A&S:  DPA activities—two awards in coordination with HHS July 29th NTE $51M to Puritan Medical for swabs; July 30 $23.3M to Buxton Medical for pandemic rapid point of care infection detection.  No call next week due to events in the Pentagon.  Next meeting will be August 19th -- so mark schedules.  Security clearance webinar was attended by over 600 small businesses a

ArticleJul 24, 2020 - 5:00pm

Update on Unmanned Aerial Systems Export Policy

Today, the President took action to improve standards for exporting unmanned aerial systems (UAS).  The announcement can be found here.