Keith Webster

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President, Defense and Aerospace Export Council (DAEC)
Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Keith Webster is president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Defense and Aerospace Export Council (DAEC). He is responsible for guiding the development of the Defense and Aerospace Export Council to strengthen U.S. defense and aerospace exports. Webster leads the Chamber’s efforts to increase advocacy and analytic work on behalf of council members; promote DAEC to government entities, Congress, and the broader business community; and work cross-divisionally with various councils of the Chamber’s International Affair’s Division to engage foreign and U.S. government officials to advance the council’s agenda.

Before joining the Chamber, Webster served the Department of Defense with distinction. He was director of International Cooperation from 2012 to 2017 and has years of expertise in foreign sales of military equipment and services, international agreements, and technology security foreign disclosure processes.

Webster brings to the Chamber 30 years of experience leading international policy formulation and implementation. He was awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service in 2017, the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award in 2015, and Knighted in 2012 by the Ambassador of France to the United States. He received his M.A. in international relations from Catholic University in 2001 and his B.S. in business finance from Towson State University in 1984. Webster is also currently seated on the Board of Directors for HENSOLDT Inc. 

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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).

August 19 OUSD Conference Call Notes

OSD A&S: 

Recent activity by the department in partnership with HHS—DPA activity over the past two weeks--signed two agreements; Aug 10th with Bio Fire Defense for testing and Aug 17th $750,000 for plasma products; DoD started with a $1B objective under DPA Title 3 and now down to less than $50M to commit all in support of the national stockpile initiative.  Scott Baum with OSD MIBP is headed back to Texas -- this is his last week.

DLA: