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

ArticleFeb 03, 2021 - 3:00pm

3 February 2021 OSD Call Notes

OSD Overview: 

ArticleJan 22, 2021 - 10:15am

Buy American Act Update

The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Council issued a final rule this week making significant changes to the Buy American Act. You can read more on the shift here.  

Letters to CongressJan 19, 2021 - 9:15am

U.S. Chamber Letter on the Nomination of Gen. Lloyd Austin to be Secretary of Defense

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, on the Nomination of Lloyd Austin to be Secretary of Defense.

ArticleDec 21, 2020 - 10:15am

December 2020 DAEC Newsletter

Newsletter available

ArticleDec 02, 2020 - 2:45pm

December 2 OSD Call Notes


EventNov 19, 2020 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
F Kendall

Virtual Roundtable with Frank Kendall

Virtual Roundtable with Frank Kendall, Former Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics.

EventOct 29, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Virtual Roundtable with the Hon. Heidi Shyu

Ms. Shyu, former Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, will discuss defense budgets as well as Army innovation and new programs with members of the U.S. Chamber's Defense and Aerospace Export Council.