Creative Disruption: Task Force on Strategy, Technology and Global Defense Industry

The vibrant dynamism of the geopolitical, security and technological environments will increasingly force the global defense industry to develop creative strategies and business models or risk catastrophic failure. Successful defense businesses will benefit from the disruption to existing business norms caused by globalizing markets, rapid technological change and declining defense resources, while others fall by the wayside.

The Task Force on Strategy, Technology and the Global Defense Industry will examine the current state of the industry and the viability of the existing competitive environment, to include the foreign military sales and trade regimes. It will also explore ways in which strategic and technological trends will shape the future and the innovations required for defense businesses to compete effectively. The task force will additionally identify regulatory and structural inhibitors to continued innovation and provide recommendations for adaptation in the global defense industry.

As part of the project Creative Disruption: The Task Force on Strategy, Technology and Global Defense Industry, CNAS conducted a series of three short surveys. The findings from the firstsecond and third surveys can be found on the CNAS Blog: The Agenda.

The Task Force asked several defense technology experts to examine the future of global defense industry. View their 1- to 2-minute responses.

Creative Disruption Task Force Co-Chairs:

  • Mr. William J. Lynn III - Former Deputy Secretary of Defense and Chief Executive Officer, Finmeccanica North America and DRS Technologies
  • Admiral James G. Stavridis, USN (Ret.) - Former NATO Commander, Dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

Creative Disruption Task Force Steering Committee:

  • Robert O. Work - CEO, Center for a New American Security
  • Ben FitzGerald - Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology and National Security
  • Denis Bovin - Co-Chairman and Co-CEO, Stone Key Group
  • Geoff Hoon - Managing Director International Business, AgustaWestland
  • ACM Angus Houston, AC AFC (Ret.) - Former Chief of the Australian Defence Force
  • Linda Hudson - President and CEO, BAE Systems
  • Brett B. Lambert - Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy;
  • Joseph I. Lieberman - Former Senator, CNAS Board Member
  • Ellen Lord - President and CEO, Textron Systems Corporation
  • James R. Murdoch - Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Chairman and CEO, International, 21st Century Fox
  • Sean O’Keefe - CEO, Airbus Group Inc.

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