12
June 2024
Past Event
The New Iron Triangle: Achieving Adaptability and Scale in Defense Acquisition

Event will also air live on this page.

 

Inquiries: daltman@hudson.org

The New Iron Triangle: Achieving Adaptability and Scale in Defense Acquisition

Past Event
Hudson Institute
June 12, 2024
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Andrew Hill, a motor transport operator assigned to Combat logistics Battalion 6, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, fastens the propeller arms on a Tactical Resupply Vehicle 150 (TRV) unmanned aircraft system during test flight operations in Setermoen, Norway, Feb. 6, 2024.   (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Christian Salazar)
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A motor transport operator fastens the propeller arms on a Tactical Resupply Vehicle 150 during test flight operations in Setermoen, Norway, on February 6, 2024.  (US Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Christian Salazar)
12
June 2024
Past Event

Event will also air live on this page.

 

Inquiries: daltman@hudson.org

Speakers:
Wittman
Rob Wittman

United States Representative, First District of Virginia

.
Aditi Kumar

Deputy Director, Strategy, Policy, and National Security Partnerships, Defense Innovation Unit

Principal Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology
Lt. Gen. Robert M. Collins

Principal Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology

Senior Vice President, Army Programs, Palantir Technologies
Mitch Skiles

Senior Vice President, Army Programs, Palantir Technologies

Andy Green
Andy Green

Executive Vice President and President of Mission Technologies Division, HII

Laurenti
Joe Laurenti

Chief Executive Officer, Ursa Major

Michael Brasseur, Chief Strategy Officer, Saab
Michael Brasseur

Chief Strategy Officer, Saab

, Chief Engineer
Michael Hiatt

Chief Engineer, Epirus

Varda Industries Josh Martin, VP for government relations.
Josh Martin

Vice President for Government Relations, Varda Industries

Moderator:
nadia_schadlow
Nadia Schadlow

Senior Fellow

bryan_clark
Bryan Clark

Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Defense Concepts and Technology

dan_patt
Dan Patt

Senior Fellow, Center for Defense Concepts and Technology

This event is part of the Apex Conference Series.

The war in Ukraine offers numerous lessons regarding the future of military operations. One of the most important—and most underreported—is the value of adaptation. Ukrainian troops, previously on the offensive thanks to Western precision weapons, are now on the defensive as their rockets and bombs miss targets due to Russian electronic warfare. In the Black Sea, Ukraine’s early naval losses suggested Russian dominance. But lethal new naval drones have restored Ukraine’s access to the open ocean and constrained Russia’s fleet to its own coastline.  

The United States and other North Atlantic Treaty Organization militaries will likely face a similar challenge in future confrontations against Russia, China, or their proxies. Merely stockpiling today’s weapons or expanding their production capacity could lock in obsolescence against technologically sophisticated sophisticated opponents. US and allied militaries will need an industrial base that can both modify today’s weapons or combat systems and produce them in volume—then be prepared to repeat the cycle in response to enemy countermeasures. 

Join Hudson and the Apex Conference Series for a three-part event discussing the challenges and opportunities facing Western militaries and defense industries as they attempt to achieve relevant capability at scale.

Agenda

12:00 p.m. | Remarks and Fireside Chat

  • Rob Wittman, United States Representative, First District of Virginia

Moderators

  • Bryan Clark, Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Defense Concepts and Technology, Hudson Institute
  • Dan Patt, Senior Fellow, Center for Defense Concepts and Technology, Hudson Institute

12:45 p.m. | Lunch

1:15 p.m. | Panel 1: The DoD’s Efforts to Achieve Relevant Capability at Scale

  • Aditi Kumar, Deputy Director, Strategy, Policy, National Security Partnerships, Defense Innovation Unit
  • Lt. Gen. Robert M. Collins, Principal Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology
  • Mitch Skiles, Senior Vice President, Army Programs, Palantir Technologies
  • Andy Green, Executive Vice President and President of Mission Technologies Division, HII   

Moderator

  • Nadia Schadlow, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute

2:15 p.m. | Panel 2: Industry’s Efforts to Develop New Approaches to Adapt and Scale 

  • Joe Laurenti, Chief Executive Officer, Ursa Major
  • Michael Brasseur, Chief Strategy Officer, Saab
  • Michael Hiatt, Chief Engineer, Epirus
  • Josh Martin, Vice President for Government Relations, Varda Industries 

Moderators

  • Bryan Clark, Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Defense Concepts and Technology, Hudson Institute
  • Dan Patt, Senior Fellow, Center for Defense Concepts and Technology, Hudson Institute

3:00 p.m. | Reception

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