Keith Webster Keith Webster
President, Defense and Aerospace Council, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
President, Federal Acquisition Council, Cyber, Space and National Security Policy Division, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce


July 19, 2018


The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Defense and Aerospace Export Council (DAEC) welcomes the State Department’s announcement regarding the approved implementation plan for the Conventional Arms Transfer (CAT) Policy. This implementation plan is a major first step toward improving government decision processes and policies that will allow industries to compete with cost-competitive and timely proposals. As foreign competition grows, the continued success of the defense and aerospace industries relies upon innovation as well as their ability to compete on a global scale with support of the U.S. government.

We appreciate the administration’s outreach throughout this process and are pleased to see DAEC priorities in the plan, including policy changes that will improve bid timeliness while reducing costs to industries, place emphasis on economic considerations in the federal transfer decision process, and expand trade promotion. DAEC applauds the administration’s commitment and continued willingness to open the aperture to bold change – both in processes and policies that would further advance U.S. industry opportunities abroad.

The DAEC looks forward to continued collaboration with the White House on initiatives that further expand international opportunities for the defense and aerospace industries.

About the authors

Keith Webster

Keith Webster

Keith Webster, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Defense and Aerospace Council, guides the focus of the council to strengthen the U.S. defense and aerospace industries by influencing domestic and international policy on behalf of its members.

Read more