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Investing in Innovation: R&D and the Future of the Defense-Industrial Base

Jan 16, 2014
6:00pm to 8:00pm

Willard Intercontinental Hotel's Crystal Room
Washington, DC

The Center for a New American Security and the Aerospace Industries Association hosted a discussion on:

Investing in Innovation: 
R&D and the Future of the Defense-Industrial Base


Wesley G. Bush
Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Following his remarks, Mr. Bush will join a panel discussion with:

Frank Kendall
Under Secretary of Defense 
Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L)

Dr. Hunter Rawlings
Association of American Universities

Dr. Brian K. Fitzgerald
Chief Executive Officer
Business-Higher Education Forum

Moderated by:
Michèle Flournoy
Co-Chair of the Board of Directors
Center for a New American Security

Wesley G. Bush, Chairman, CEO and President of Northrop Grumman Corp., discussed federal R&D spending and the future of the defense-industrial base. Following his remarks, there was a panel discussion with Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense, Dr. Hunter Rawlings, president of the Association of American Universities, and Dr. Brian Fitzgerald, chief executive officer at the Business-Higher Education Forum. The panel was moderated by Michèle Flournoy, Co-Chair of the Board of Directors at CNAS.

The panel addressed:

  • How industry, academia and government can be more effective in working together;
  • How to develop joint federal agency/industry S&T roadmaps; and
  • Gaps in federal R&D and opportunities for industry investment in independent research and development.


Date & Time
Thursday, January 16, 2014
5:30 p.m.: Guest Registration
6:00-6:30 p.m.: Cocktail Reception
6:30-7:30 p.m.: Remarks by Wesley G. Bush and Panel Discussion
7:30-8:00 p.m.: Audience Q&A