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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Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors

Class Deviation 2021-O0009 was recently released by DPC.  The Deviation implements the requirements of Executive Order 14042 – Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors.  The actions directed by the Executive Order will ensure parties who contract with the Federal Government provide adequate COVID-19 safeguards in workplaces with individuals working on or in connection with a Federal Government contract or contract-like instrument.  The class deviation mandates all service contracts, including construction, above the Simplified Acquisition Threshold (SAT - $250k) incl

Reciprocal Defense Procurement Memoranda of Understanding and the Buy American Act

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this paper do not constitute legal advice. They have been prepared by private citizens, and are not official views of any government agency. Official guidance regarding Reciprocal Defense Procurement Memoranda of Understanding is the responsibility of the U.S. Government. Readers may wish to consult their legal counsel for further analysis and insights.

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September 15 OSD COVID Conference Call Notes

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Industrial Policy:

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Keith Webster to participate in the Joint Chief of Staff's Industry Day

On Wednesday, September 22, Keith Webster, President of DAEC, will participate in the Joint Chief of Staff's Industry Day at the Smart Center at Joint Base Andrews. The Vice Chairman has announced an Industry Day to discuss the Joint Force’s work on the Joint Warfighting Concept and in the Joint Requirements Oversight Council (JROC).  It will consist of briefings by senior Joint Staff leaders, and be held at the SECRET//NOFORN level.  Gen Hyten plans to deliver opening remarks and take questions. 

Defense Security Cooperation University to host Keith Webster, President of DAEC, as Guest Speaker

On Wenesday, October 27 at 3:00PM EST, Keith Webster, President of the Defense and Aerospace Export Council (DAEC) will participate in Defense Security Cooperation University's (DSCU) Intermediate Managing Major International Acquisition Competitions (MIAC) course as a guest speaker. 

 

Additional information on the MIAC course can be found here

INFO//Force Health Protection Guidance (Supplement 23) - Department of Defense Guidance for Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination Attestation and Screening Testing for Unvaccinated Personnel

The  DoD released Force Health Protection Guidance on Supplement 23 (hyperlinked below) which will impact your contractor employees working in DoD facilities as soon as next week.  Specifically, in accordance with the White House Safer Federal Workforce Task Force directed safety measures, attestation of an individual’s status as fully vaccinated, or presentation of a recent negative COVID-19 test will be a condition of physical access to DoD facilities.  Components are required to publish any necessary supplemental instructions and begin implementing the FHPG (Supp 23) attestation requirem

August 18 OSD Conference Call Notes

August 18, 2021 OSD COVID Conference Call with Chamber and Associations:

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