Fortresses and Icebergs: The Evolution of the Transatlantic Defense Market and the Implications of U.S. National Security Policy

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Jeff Bialos, Executive Director, Transatlantic Security, Centre for Transatlantic Relations, John Hopkins University and former US Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Industrial Affairs will put forward the need for better transatlantic relations to improve the US national security strategy. Speaking in advance of the publication of his book, Fortresses and Icebergs: The Evolution of the Transatlantic Defense Market and the Implications for U.S. National Security Policy, Mr Bialos will examine:

  • the need for deeper defense relations with the EU;
  • the criticality of export control reforms to the Transatlantic defence market and coalition war fighting capabilities; and
  • the need for market opening measures in defence trade and investment, including curbs on offsets, related industrial practices, and bribery in third country defence markets.

Jeffrey P. Bialos is a partner in the Washington D.C. office of Sutherland Asbill, & Brennan, a national law firm.  He provides legal, business and strategy advice on defense, national security and homeland security matters, including mergers and acquisitions, antitrust, procurement, export controls, national security reviews of foreign acquisitions, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and international business practices. Mr. Bialos also serves as Executive Director of the Program on Transatlantic Security and Industry at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.  Mr. Bialos was appointed by Virginia’s Governor Warner (2004) and recently re-appointed by Governor Kaine (2006) to the Secure Commonwealth Panel, which oversees Virginia’s homeland security planning.  Mr. Bialos also recently served as a member of a Defense Science Board Task Force examining the future of the U.S. defense industry. Previously, Mr. Bialos held several senior government positions.  From 1998 - January 2000, he served as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Industrial Affairs.  In that capacity, he led the Department’s work on defense mergers and acquisitions, advised on policies and programs concerning the defense industrial base, and managed negotiations with U.S. allies concerning defense industrial cooperation.  Mr. Bialos oversaw the review of several path-breaking transatlantic defense acquisitions and was integrally involved in developing the Defense Trade Security Initiative, a major reform of U.S. defense export controls.  Mr. Bialos is a recipient of the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Medal.  Previously, Mr. Bialos served as Special Advisor to Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business & Agricultural Affairs Stuart Eizenstat (October 1997-August 1999) and as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Import Administration (June 1996 - September 1997). Mr. Bialos has co-authored several books and authored and co-authored numerous articles and several books on national security defense, international and legal subjects.  He is a member of the N. Y. Council on Foreign Relations.

This lecture will follow the Defence Programme Management Conference and is open to all attendees of the conference and all RUSI Members.

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