A F-35B lands on the flight deck of USS Wasp. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Marine Corps
What does the future hold for multinational aircraft development projects? On Jan. 30, the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) plans to discuss the topic during “Cooperation in a Time of Backlash: The Future of International Joint Development” at its headquarters in Washington, D.C.
This panel is set to address both sides of the conversation on international joint development. Noting both populist backlash and progressing programs like the Lockheed Martin F-35, four featured panelists and two CSIS experts also plan to discuss best practices. CSIS' Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group plans to release a report on case studies of international joint-development projects and best practices learned from these cases.
Scheduled panelists are Christine Wormuth, senior advisor of the International Security Program at CSIS and former under secretary for policy for the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense; Marjorie Censer, defense business editor for Inside Defense; Vidar Skjelstad, president at Kongsberg Defense Systems Inc.; and Frank Kenlon, former director of International Negotiations for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics/International Cooperation/IN (AT&L/IC/IN) at the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Andrew Philip Hunter, director of Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group and senior fellow for the International Security program; and Gregory Sanders, deputy director and fellow at the Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group; are slated as CSIS experts.