Reminder: “The Defense Industrial Base At Risk” Today!

Please join the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Industrial Base Project of the Program on America and the Global Economy (PAGE), and The Defense Education Forum (DEF) of the Reserve Officers Association (ROA) at the following event:

The Defense Industrial Base At Risk

Featuring Remarks by:

Lt. Gen. Michael Dunn, President, Air Force Association

and:

Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA)

Policy Perspective Panel:

Loren Thompson, COO, Lexington Institute; Mackenzie Eaglen, Research Fellow, Heritage Foundation; Rob Litwak, Vice President, Woodrow Wilson Center; Patrick Wilson, Director, Government Affairs, Semiconductor Industry Association

Industry Perspective Panel:

David Morrison, Vice President, Government Operations, Boeing; Bill Gostic, Vice President, Advanced Programs & Technology, Pratt & Whitney; Mike Hamel, Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Development, Orbital

Monday, December 6, 2010

10:00 AM – 1:30 PM

ROA’s Minuteman Memorial Building, 4th Floor Symposium Center, 1 Constitution Ave., NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

Please RSVP to kweller@roa.org

The continued development of next generation military systems is not a luxury but a requirement for the worldwide projection of U.S. power. With increasing budget pressures, the Department of Defense has greatly curtailed new program development and procurement. Industry-wide cutbacks are evident: at present the U.S. maintains just one new tactical jet aircraft program, recently threatened closure of the only military-wide body transport aircraft line, and terminated a new bomber program. Against this backdrop, questions persist regarding the industry’s ability to maintain the adequate force of design engineers and assembly line workers who are essential to sustaining the defense industrial base. On Dec. 6, the Reserve Officers Association and the Woodrow Wilson Center will host Representatives from Congress along with industry and policy experts as they address these and other issues surrounding the state of the defense industrial base.

Posted by: PAGE staff

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