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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June 16 OSD Conference Call

OSD overview:  MIBP – Remains a priority for OSD to continue engaging with industry; have added “partnership” to pillars of OSD industrial collaboration; focusing on semi-conductor industries and women and minority owned businesses who the SecDef will be meeting with shortly; OSD has lost 40% of the supply base over the past decade and this is of concern and looking for ways to address these loses; published supply chain report in response to President’s EO and we are encouraged to read it.  The rest of the year will now focus on the rest of the supply chain beyond the EO s

May 19 OSD Conference Call

OSD Overview:  special guest Colin Sepko who runs trusted capital program in A&S and is new to the Pentagon coming from the private sector.  Trusted capital update:  why?  Three strategic challenges for DIB are consolidation of DIB (significant changes in past five years); manufacturing and investment standpoint (most investments target software vice manufacturing due to margins being higher in software development); finally, foreign ownership and influence in DoD supply chains from materials to end items to logistics, and foreign ownership and influence within our US c

June 2 OSD Conference Call & News from the Administration

OSD Update:  Small business focus today.  Kim Herrington has resigned from OSD to return to industry as he announced two weeks ago.  OSD sees value in these calls and intends to continue the engagement.  Guest speakers are to return in two weeks to enhance the value of these discussions.

USCC letter to Secretary Blinken re: Vaccines for Expats in the US Business Community

On Monday, May 10, the Chamber formally submitted DAEC’s Defense and Aerospace (D&A) recommendations regarding Vaccines for expats in the U.S. business community to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. DAEC worked closely with our members on this issue and we are grateful for their thought leadership, contributions and ongoing support.