ComDef 2023: Forging Indo-Pacific Partnerships

ComDef 2023, the 55th event in the Common Defense Conference series, will take place on the 25th of October at the Boeing Company, Arlington, VA. The conference will have the theme, "Forging Indo-Pacific Partnerships". The featured country will be Japan.

  • What new acquisition approaches should be expected? Will these approaches be legislated? How will these impact older defense programs? What programs are likely to be impacted?
  • What will be the outlook for the Defense Budget?
  • Will the evolving situation in Europe impact US Pacific efforts?
  • Future operating environments - Space and Cyber
  • How will Space and Cyber shape the future defense posture?
  • How can Cyber be made more resilient?
  • What is the future for CMMC? Will there be reciprocal cyber standards, third party review and authentication
  • How will international supply chains shape the response?
  • Where are the low hanging fruit of cooperation and capability?
  • Will Exportability be baked into security cooperation? Can Exportability be pushed to the left in the procurement process? Will there be export help for companies with non programs of record in the US? What forms could these possibly take?
  • Where should friends and allies invest their capability? In what technologies and capabilities should governments invest? What will be the impact of cancelled programs on arms exports? How can industry partner internationally for success?
  • How potent are existing and envisaged export control regimes? Are major changes needed?
  • What strategies will be given emphasis in exporting? Which agencies will be given more authority?
  • What will be the impact of the new Buy American Executive Orders? How will these dovetail efforts to utilize allied defense industrial bases? What domestic and foreign candidates are there for future international cooperative programs?
  • How fast will industry adjust to the new realities? Will there be a frenzy of mergers and acquisitions? What will the Administration's stance be on M&A in the defense sector?
  • Will defense industry quickly integrate commercial technology into their offerings? What role will commercial firms play in defense to speed up the technology refresh?
  • What new procurement approaches will be tested to bring in commercial/non traditional entities?

Government and industry representatives from more than 35 countries will be participating. Over 30 speakers will provide their insight and perspectives. Network with Government and industry leaders from all US Services and Agencies at this premier international event held in person this year.

Speaker and Presenter Information

Laura Farhall, Counselor, Defence Acquisition and Technology, British Embassy, Wash, DC (Confirmed)

Rosemary Gauci, Minister-Counsellor Defence Materiel, Embassy of Australia, Washington, DC (Confirmed)

Christopher Haave, Vice President, International Operations and Disclosure, Raytheon (Confirmed)

Todd Harrison, Managing Director, Metrea Strategic Insights (Confirmed)

Sander Oude Hengel, Defense Cooperation Attaché, Royal Netherlands Embassy, Washington, DC (Confirmed)

Taisuke Hirose, Senior Director, Defense & Space, Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. (Confirmed)

Karla Horn, Executive Director, Navy International Program Office (Confirmed)

James A. Hursch, Director, DSCA (Confirmed)

The Hon. Dr. William A. LaPlante, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment USD(A&S) (Confirmed)

Michael Laychak, Director, DTSA (Confirmed)

Eric Longnecker, Director, Office of Strategic Industries and Economic Security (SES), Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Dept. of Commerce (Confirmed)

Patrick Mason, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Defense Exports & Cooperation (Confirmed)

Justin K. McFarlin, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Base Development & International Engagement, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Base Policy, DoD (A&S) (Confirmed)

Robert S. Metzger, Partner, Rogers Joseph O'Donnell, PC. (Confirmed)

Jae Shin, Acting DAS, Bureau of Political Military Affairs, DDTC


Gary Stanley, President, Global Legal Services, P.C. (Confirmed)

Matthew Travis, Chief Executive Officer, The Cyber AB (Confirmed)

Expected Number of Attendees


Relevant Government Agencies

Air Force, Army, Navy & Marine Corps, Intelligence Agencies, DOD & Military, Office of the President (includes OMB), Dept of Homeland Security, NASA, Coast Guard, Foreign Governments/Agencies

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Wed, Oct 25, 2023, 8:00am - 7:00pm ET


Government (domestic/foreign):  $0.00

The Boeing Company
929 Longbridge Drive,
Arlington, VA 22202
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