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International Acquisition – Ukraine and Beyond

@ 12:30 pm ET


  • Description:

    DoD's International Acquisition activities are vital to U.S. National Security and Defense strategy objectives.  Like past crises, U.S. Government defense material support to Ukraine highlights the importance of DoD acquisition as a tool of foreign policy.  What lessons from our Ukrainian experience should we consider in the broader context of strategic competition with China and other adversaries?  This panel will discuss how those lessons could shape future DoD International Acquisition efforts with allies and friends.


    Who should attend:

    USG and DoD Acquisition and Security Cooperation workforce members, allied and friendly nation counterparts, and U.S. and foreign industry personnel who want to learn more about how the DoD Acquisition community is translating U.S. strategy and policy objectives into coalition-ready warfighting capabilities through its International Acquisition efforts.


    Competing to Win Series:

    Attending these sessions will help you relate the work you do in defense acquisition to the Great Power Competition (to learn more click here) shaping our national security environment.  Learn how to meet the challenge and help the US maintain its competitive advantage!  Session format is curated conversation with thought leaders from across DoD, industry, academia and the acquisition workforce. No slides, followed by live Q&A.


    CLP: 1.5


    Moderator:

     

    Frank Kenlon, Professor of International Acquisition Management, DAU, DSMC

    Mr. Kenlon is a professor at the Defense Systems Management College (DSMC), former adjunct professor at American University's School of International Service, with over 40 years of international experience gained through Peace Corps, Naval Reserve, and DoD civilian service. He is a Level III DoD acquisition professional and Senior Executive Service member who retired from the Office of UnderSecDef/Acquisition, Technology & Logistics (AT&L)/International Cooperation prior to joining the DAU faculty.  A recognized expert on International Cooperative Programs and Defense Exportability matters, he writes periodic blogs on DAU.edu and Linked-In on International Acquisition topics.  His current work in DSMC's International Center includes developing new online learning modules, teaching virtual instructor-led courses, managing web-based content, and assisting Acquisition and Security Cooperation workforce members in improving international acquisition and exportability outcomes throughout the acquisition life cycle.



    Panel Members:

     

    VADM Frank Morley, Principal Military Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition)

    Vice Admiral (VADM) Frank Morley served as an F/A-18 pilot and Navy F-18 Squadron Commanding Officer where he participated in operations Southern Watch, Desert Fox, Noble Eagle, Joint Guardian, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.  His shore tours include service as a Navy test pilot; U.S. Pacific Command (J3); F-18 Program Manager (PMA-265); Naval Air Systems Command Vice Commander; and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for International Programs/Director, Navy International Programs.  In August 2021, he assumed responsibilities as Principal Military Deputy for the Assistant Secretary of the Navy Research, Development & Acquisition (ASN(RDA)).  The ASN(RDA) organization is responsible for acquiring and supporting all U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps systems and equipment, as well as the defense material needs of U.S. allies and friends around the globe.  VADM Morley's extensive operational experience, coupled with his domestic and international acquisition and exportability knowledge and expertise, will provide us with invaluable perspectives into the challenges and opportunities DoD is encountering in today's global defense environment.

     

     

    Michele Hizon, Deputy Director, Defense Technology Security Administration

    Mrs. Michèle Hizon, a career member of the Senior Executive Service since 2015, serves as the Deputy Director for the Defense Technology Security Administration (DTSA). In this capacity she assists in developing and implementing DoD Technology Security and Foreign Disclosure (TSFD) policies for international transfers of defense-related goods, services, information, and technology.  Her previous assignments include Office of the UnderSecDef/Policy (China policy); Principal Director, Security Assistance and Chief of Weapons at the Defense Security Cooperation Agency; Office of the UnderSecDef/AT&L (International Cooperation); Navy International Programs Office; Department of Commerce; and U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee Associate /Legislative Assistant.  Ms. Hizon's unparalleled international acquisition and exportability experience with the U.S. Government -- including demonstrated expertise in International Cooperative Programs, Defense Sales, TSFD, Export Control, and Defense Exportability – will help us recognize and address the interests of key stakeholders inside and outside of DoD.

     


    Dr. Jerry McGinn, Executive Director, George Mason University Center for Government Contracting

    Dr. Jerry McGinn is the Executive Director of the Center for Government Contracting at George Mason University.  Prior to joining GMU, he served as a Senior Executive Service member within Office of the UnderSecDef/AT&L (Manufacturing and Industrial Policy), leading efforts to analyze U.S. and allied defense industrial bases.  Dr. McGinn has also served in senior defense industry roles and other government positions; and he served in the U.S. Army as an infantry officer, graduating from Ranger and Airborne Schools.  He is a well-known and widely acclaimed thought leader and speaker who has testified before the U.S. Congress, the UK House of Commons, the NATO Industrial Advisory Group, the Defense Science Board, and the Professional Services Council.  Dr. McGinn's unique insights on the domestic and international industrial base aspects of international defense cooperation will help us reach a deeper understanding of how government and industry work together to meet evolving U.S., allied, and friendly nation defense material requirements.


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