CSIS Panel to Discuss the Future of Multinational Aircraft Development

By S.L. Fuller | January 27, 2017
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U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher C. Bogdan (right), the Program Executive Officer for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office, and U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Jon Davis, Deputy Commandant Aviation, along with distinguished visitors from the U.S. Department of Defense and the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence, watch as an F-35B lands on the flight deck of USS Wasp (LHD 1) off the coast of Virginia, May 20, 2015. Bogdan and Davis brought a delegation of UK and other distinguished visitors out to USS Wasp for the day to observe F-35B operational testing (OT-1), and to speak with the U.S. and UK service members participating in the test. Sixteen UK service personnel are embarked aboard USS Wasp, gaining valuable hands-on experience as the UK re-generates its Carrier Strike capability. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Maj. Paul Greenberg)

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.

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