Defense and Aerospace Export Council

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


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.

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

EventJun 03, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

0:08 / 1:01:47 ARLINGTON Modernizing UAV Export Policy for Effective Coalition Forces w/ Heather Penney and Mr. Keith Webster

The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies is pleased to announce a new entry in its Policy Paper series, “Modernizing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Export Policy for Effective Coalition Forces” by Heather R. Penney, Senior Resident Fellow at the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies. At the virtual rollout, Mr. Keith Webster, president of the U.S.

ReportJun 02, 2020 - 1:30pm
Defense Industrial Base Report


This report examines potential impacts Coronavirus may have on the Defense Industrial Base by examining current and historic recession data, ongoing trends within supply chains, and recent stimulus legislation.

ArticleJun 01, 2020 - 9:30am

May 29th OUSD A&S COVID Conference Call Notes:

May 29th OSD A&S COVID Conference Call Notes:  OSD A&S: 

EventMay 28, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

DAEC Webinar with Rachel Ellehuus

The Defense and Aerospace Export Council is pround to host Rachel Ellehuus, deputy director and senior fellow with the Europe Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), on Thursday, May 28 at 10:00AM EST. Rachel will discuss with us the impacts of the ongoing pandemic in Europe and its relations with the U.S.

ArticleMay 27, 2020 - 4:15pm

DAEC COVID-19 Update May 27: Notes from Today's OSD Call

May 27th OUSD A&S COVID Conference Call Notes:  OSD MIBP: Top issues: returning to operations post COVID; Pentagon starting process now as a multi-phased plan to reopen fully—details forthcoming; telework will be a reality for the Pentagon staff going forward.OSD Small Business: 

ArticleMay 20, 2020 - 3:15pm

DAEC COVID-19 Update May 20: Notes from Today's OSD Call

May 20th OSD A&S COVID Conference Call Notes:  

ArticleMay 15, 2020 - 4:15pm

DAEC COVID-19 Update May 15: Notes from Today's OSD Call

May 15th OSD A&S COVID Conference Call Notes:OSD Small Business: 

EventMay 14, 2020 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Webinar with Ambassador David Shear: Defense and Asia

On Thursday, May 14th the Defense and Aerospace Export Council ((DAEC) will host Ambassador David Shear, former Ambassador to Vietnam and Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, for a discussion with Members.  Dave is a member of the DAEC’s Advisory Board and will discuss defense and national security challenges for the U.S.

ArticleMay 13, 2020 - 4:45pm

DAEC COVID-19 Update May 13: Notes from Today's OSD Call

May 13th OSD A&S COVID Conference Call Notes: DoD and DHS announced a $138M contract award with ApiJect Systems America for project “jump start” and “RAPID USA” effort for medical grade injection devices starting by Oct 2020.

ArticleMay 11, 2020 - 9:15am

DAEC COVID-19 Update May 11: Notes from Today's OSD Call

May 11th OSD A&S COVID Conference Call Notes: Over 62,000 DoD personnel supporting COVID response; 46,400 members of the national guard supporting State’s response to COVID. DoD focus remains on testing and screening and warehousing. Last Friday’s Industrial Base Council (IBC) lasted longer than planned and most effective IBC to date.