Keith Webster seated at a roundtable during the Munich Security Conference in February 2019.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has established a new council to increase the competitiveness of defense and aerospace exporters. Today, D&A companies are looking to increase their revenue from exports at a time when technology proliferation is increasing foreign competition. Some U.S. export policies and procedures put American companies at a relative disadvantage, particularly in countries not constrained in their purchases by formal U.S. treaty arrangements. This council will help members manage this challenge through a number of actions.
On November 2, 2018, the Defense and Aerospace Export Council hosted White House Director of Trade and Industrial Policy Peter Navarro and Deputy Assistant Defense Secretary for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy Eric Chewning for a discussion on the defense industrial base and what the Trump administration is doing to improve it. Watch the full event here.
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.
During the first year, the Defense and Aerospace Export Council will do the following:
- Host initial discussions and conduct a survey of industry executives on the global challenges they face competing with foreign exporters.
- Narrow our focus to regional/country-specific challenges.
- Publish a report summarizing and ranking the challenges U.S. exporters face.
- Produce legislative and regulatory policy proposals.
- Develop a strategy to build political coalitions to support policy reforms.
- 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.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT
We will use our experience and resources to assist members with specific pursuits by lending expert advice.
MARKETING AND NETWORKING
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 KWebster@USChamber.com