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 24 OUSD A&S COVID Conference Call Notes

OSD A&S:

  • Sec Lord and CEO of Development Finance Corporation signed an MOA this past Monday to institute a Title 3 DPA Loan program—first time ever to have such a loan program under DPA. 
  • Next week is a holiday week so no call next Wednesday.  Next call planned for Wednesday July 8th. 

Small Business: 

  • 3pm small business roadmap for facility clearance webinar today; business.defense.gov for details of this event and future events.

JATF: 

6/17 Actions from COVID-19 Industry Call

Colleagues: 

Following up with information regarding Nonappropriated Fund (NAF) contractors and access to FedMall Small Business corridor for PPE.

DLA is exploring the use of the FedMall Small Business corridor by SB contractors funded by NAF.  NAF contracts are not subject to the FAR, therefore there may be limitations on their ability to use the government supply sources authority in FAR Part 51.  OUSD is working this issue and will provide a final response by the end of the week or early next week

Below is the DCMA Defense Industrial Base report:

FedMall Small Business Corridor

Colleagues:

In response to your feedback on supply issues, DLA has created a small business corridor within FedMall allowing DoD Small Business Contractors to exclusively browse and shop for non-medical PPE and similar material offered by the commercial supplier community. DLA’s work lends support to small business and the COVID-19 get-back-to-work effort.