BILL LYNN SPEAKS AT THE 2015 CNAS ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON THE GLOBALIZATION OF THE DEFENSE INDUSTRY

ARLINGTON, VA, June 26, 2015 -- CNAS is an important and influential policy think-tank.  It engages policymakers, experts and the public with innovative, fact-based research, ideas and analysis to shape and elevate the national security debate.  The organization informs and prepares the national security leaders of today and tomorrow.

Each year it hosts its annual conference to focus on specific themes to move those issues to the forefront of discussions in Washington and with policy-makers around the world.

This year, DRS CEO Bill Lynn took his globalization message as part of a panel discussion that addressed where drone technology is headed, why it’s an example of the broader globalization of the defense industry, the role that commercial technology plays in the technology, and the challenges the United States faces in adapting the technology.

Lynn has been a leading voice in the globalization conversation in an effort to show how the Pentagon can benefit from the broader technology investment and breakthroughs of commercial and international firms.

Lynn told the audience globalization is altering the defense industry in much the same way it has revamped other businesses, for example, the Pentagon has been a technology exporter of transformational capabilities like GPS and the initial internet developments to the commercial sector. Today, it is increasingly becoming an importer of the technological advances taking place all around us.

He said the United States still maintains an extremely strong defense industrial base and is the leader in developing defense capabilities. However, budgetary restraints, technological shifts, and rising competitors will challenge that leadership going forward, Lynn said.  But he warned other emerging threats also underscore the national security imperative to maintain a high level of innovation.

Watch the full panel presentation here.