Guest Speakers

November 01, 2018 - Embassy of Germany

Admiral Manfred Nielson

Admiral Manfred Nielson is an admiral of the German Navy currently serving as Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation in Norfolk, Virginia. 

After finishing is A-levels in 1973 he entered the German Navy as reserve officer candidate. From 1974 till 1975 he served as Watch officer on the coastal minesweeper Koblenz and Wetzlar with the 6th minesweeping squadron in Wilhelmshaven. Beginning in 1975 he studied economics at the Helmut Schmidt University of the Bundeswehr in Hamburg and graduated in 1978 with a master's degree. After graduating he returned to the German Fleet and served as watch officer on board of the minehunter Flensburg, Cuxhaven and Koblenz. From 1980 to 1981 he completed a special training course related to the application of submerged weapons at the Navy weapon school in Eckernförde. He subsequently took over command of the minehunters Tübingen (1983) and Paderborn (1985). In 1985 he released his command and was redeployed to the German Defense Staff in Bonn where he served as junior adviser.

More info about Admiral Mnfred Nielson.

Admiral's Manfred Nielson speech at DMAG meeting October 2018 can be downloaded here

September 25, 2013 - British Embassy
Keith B. Webster

Mr. Keith Webster is the Director, International Cooperation for the Under Secretary of Defense (USD) for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics(AT&L). The growth in international activity specific to defense acquisitions and the requirement for more effective cooperation with U.S. allies in research, development, production and support of weapons systems gives prominence to international cooperative policies. The Director, International Cooperation supports the USD (AT&L) on all international matters by developing and monitoring the implementation of international armaments cooperation policies within the Department of Defense (DoD) in close coordination with US Government agencies, foreign governments, and U.S. and foreign industry. This policy leadership encompasses all aspects of the DoD requirements, acquisition and budgeting processes beginning with system requirements formulation through concept development, demonstration and validation, engineering development, test and evaluation, production, deployment and replacement.

December 13, 2012 - German Embassy
Frank D. Kenlon
He has served in the position of Acting Director - International Cooperation from June 2012 to December 2012. He previously served in the position of Director, International Negotiations in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L), Office of the Director for International Cooperation since 2006 as a member of the Senior Executive Service. Mr. Kenlon is responsible for AT&L international agreements, technology transfer, and export control business process oversight and improvements. Mr. Kenlon was the Chief Negotiator for the Joint Strike Fighter Memoranda of Understanding that establish the framework for the nine-nation cooperation on the design, development, production, and follow-on support of the JSF. He also served as a key negotiation team member for the US-UK & US-Australia Defense Trade Cooperation Treaties. Mr. Kenlon received a Master’s degree in International Transactions from George Mason University. He received a Diploma from the Naval War College’s Command and Staff Seminar Program and his Bachelor’s degree in European History from the University of Pennsylvania.

June 21, 2012 - British Embassy
Remy Nathan
Assistant VP, International Affairs, Aerospace Industries Association (AIA)
Remy Nathan, Vice President for International Affairs is responsible for monitoring, analyzing and recommending actions on issues as they affect international commercial and military aerospace markets. Nathan oversees international trade and market access, export financing, international negotiations, export controls, foreign military sales, and international cooperative programs.

December 13, 2012 - German Embassy
Frank D. Kenlon
He has served in the position of Acting Director - International Cooperation from June 2012 to December 2012. He previously served in the position of Director, International Negotiations in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L), Office of the Director for International Cooperation since 2006 as a member of the Senior Executive Service. Mr. Kenlon is responsible for AT&L international agreements, technology transfer, and export control business process oversight and improvements. Mr. Kenlon was the Chief Negotiator for the Joint Strike Fighter Memoranda of Understanding that establish the framework for the nine-nation cooperation on the design, development, production, and follow-on support of the JSF. He also served as a key negotiation team member for the US-UK & US-Australia Defense Trade Cooperation Treaties. Mr. Kenlon received a Master’s degree in International Transactions from George Mason University. He received a Diploma from the Naval War College’s Command and Staff Seminar Program and his Bachelor’s degree in European History from the University of Pennsylvania.

June 21, 2012 - British Embassy
Remy Nathan
Assistant VP, International Affairs, Aerospace Industries Association (AIA)
Remy Nathan, Vice President for International Affairs is responsible for monitoring, analyzing and recommending actions on issues as they affect international commercial and military aerospace markets. Nathan oversees international trade and market access, export financing, international negotiations, export controls, foreign military sales, and international cooperative programs.

March 29, 2012 - Embassy of the Netherlands

Dr John Fisher
Director, Defense Laboratory Office - ASD(R&E)/Research Directorate
Dr. John Fischer earned a bachelor’s degree (cum laude) in Chemistry from Lawrence University in 1978, his doctorate in Organic Chemistry from Northern Illinois University in 1982, and served as a post-doctoral research chemist at the Ohio State University from 1982 to1984. He began his career with the Navy in 1984 as a research chemist in the Research Department of the former Naval Weapons Center at China Lake, California. His interests were in the development of new explosives, propellants, and nonlinear optical materials. Dr. Fischer assumed the position of branch head in the Soldering Technology Branch in 1990. His responsibilities included providing electronics assembly product assurance for the production of Navy missile and weapon systems. He also initiated an applied R&D program to develop environmentally compliant materials and processes used in the production of Navy missiles. This effort resulted in Dr. Fischer being awarded the EPA Stratospheric Ozone Layer Protection Award in 1993. In 1994, he was assigned as the head of the Chemistry and Materials Division at NAWCWD. In this position, he was responsible for the basic and applied research of materials and processes for Navy missile and weapon systems. In 1996, he assumed the position of Advanced Technology Manager for the Tomahawk Cruise Missile Project Office at NAWCWD. The focus of his efforts was on the identification of technology requirements for the Tomahawk missile, development of technology programs to address these requirements, and the subsequent transition of mature technology to Tomahawk production and deployment. Concurrent with these duties, Dr. Fischer was leader of the NAWCWD Tomahawk Block IV Integrated Product Team. Because of his experience with the Tomahawk weapon system, Dr. Fischer was named Deputy of the NAVAIR Uninhabited Combat Aerial Vehicle Advanced Development Project Office. His responsibilities included development of a new weapon system concept to address future requirements of Naval Aviation. Dr. Fischer was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 1998 and served as the Associate Director of the Naval Aviation Science and Technology Office (NAVSTO) and head of the Research Department at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD), China Lake, California. As head of the Research Department, Dr. Fischer managed a program of research in physics, chemistry, engineering sciences, and computational sciences; the Technology Advancement Group, which covers coordination of the Center's Applied Research and Advanced Development Programs; the Technology Transfer Program; and the Technical Library. In 2001, Dr. Fischer was appointed as Director of the Naval Aviation Science & Technology Office. His duties included planning and coordination of the Naval Air Systems Command’s Science and Technology Program. In 2004, he assumed the position of civilian director of the Research & Specialty Engineering Department. In this role, Dr. Fischer is responsible for the Naval Aviation Enterprise’s systems engineering disciplines of standardization, metrology, mass properties, reliability and maintainability, electromagnetic environmental effects, survivability and threat lethality, materials engineering, manufacturing and quality, as well as research in chemistry, physics, and computational sciences. In December 2006, he was appointed civilian director of NAVAIR’s Systems Engineering Department (AIR-4.1). In this position, he was the lead for Naval Aviation Systems Engineering tasking and functions for the complete life cycle of all aviation and aviation related systems. AIR-4.1 has >1800 personnel dispersed across 7 geographic locations including warfare centers and Fleet Readiness Centers. This organization supports aviation acquisition and in-service engineering programs for both Navy and Marine Corps. Direct budget responsibility was >$200M. In January 2008, Dr. was assigned additional duty as NAVAIR Chief Technology Officer (AIR-4.0T) responsible for the development and implementation of the Naval Aviation Enterprise Science & Technology (S&T) program. CTO responsibilities included the development of the Naval Aviation Enterprise strategic S&T plan, technology requirements, and advancement of innovative concepts and technology. In March 2009, Dr. Fischer was selected as the Director of Defense Laboratory Programs. In this position, he is responsible for the development and implementation of policies for DoD’s laboratory system.

Link to Defense Laboratory Enterprise Electronic Publication

 

December 15th, 2011 - Austrian Embassy
Mr Kevin Wolf
Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration
Kevin J. Wolf was sworn in as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration on February 19, 2010. Prior to his joining the Obama Administration, he was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Bryan Cave LLP. His practice over the course of his nearly 17 years with the firm covered most aspects of the law and policy of international trade, but focused on the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the antiboycott regulations, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and multilateral trade controls. From 1996-1997, he was the Assistant Special Counsel to the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct. He has a B.A. degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, a M.A. from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School.

The Assistant Secretary assists and advises the Under Secretary on the development of policies pertaining to Export Administration issues. The Assistant Secretary also provides overall direction to and management of the national security, nonproliferation, foreign policy, national defense, and strategic industrial resource functions delegated to BIS, which include issuing related regulations, representing the Department on interagency committees dealing with BIS issues, representing the Department in domestic and international fora that address such issues, and chairing the Advisory Committee on Export Policy. In addition, the Assistant Secretary directs the Office of Strategic Industries and Economic Security (SIES), the Office of Nonproliferation and Treaty Compliance (NPTC), the Office of National Security and Technology Transfer Controls (NSTTC), the Office of Exporter Services (OExS), and the Office of Technology Evaluation (OTE).

December 15th, 2011
Robert S. Kovac
Managing Director of Trade Controls from the Department of State.
Robert S. Kovac is the Managing Director of The Directorate of Defense Trade Controls at the Department of State, a position he has held since December, 2007. He is responsible for the licensing, policy and enforcement of the direct commercial saleexports of defense articles and services from the US; export licenses valued at over 100 billion dollars annually. Between January, 2009 and February, 2010 he concurrently served as an Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Political Military Affairs. Prior tomoving to the Department of State, he worked in various positions at the Department of Defense in the Defense Technology Security Administration, ultimately as the Director of Licensing between 2002 and 2007. Before entering the civil service, Mr. Kovac was a USArmy officer and served in infantry, intelligence, special operations, and inspector general assignments in the US, Korea, Germany, Honduras, the Caribbean and the Persian Gulf. Mr. Kovac is a member of the Senior Executive Service, and holds a BA inPolitical Science and Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, an MS in Strategic Intelligence from the Joint Military Intelligence College, and is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College. Thank you,

November 17th, 2011, Embassy of Israel
Lt Colonel Rodney Todaro
Directorate of Defense Trade Controls
Lieutenant Colonel Todaro serves as the Director, Comparative Technology Office, reporting to the Director of Rapid Fielding within the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Lt Col Todaro manages the Department’s Foreign Comparative Testing and Defense Acquisition Challenge Programs, overseeing the testing of innovative foreign and domestic technology and equipment to meet the needs of US and coalition warfighters and facilitating the rapid procurement of those capabilities that prove successful.

 FCT Brief Overview (Oct 2011) (4987 KB)

 

 

October 26th, 2011, Embassy of Greece
Lt Col Kris Eggehorn
Directorate of Defense Trade Controls
Lieutenant Colonel Eggehorn is currently the Senior Military Defense Trade Analyst at the Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. He is assigned to the aircraft division as an agreements officer and is actively involved in preparing guidelines and training material related to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations. Prior to working at the State Department, Lt Col Eggehorn was at Hill Air Force Base in Utah, where he was a Deputy Flight Commander for the A-10 Avionics team and later the Deputy Division Chief of Flight Systems Engineering for the 558th Aircraft Sustainment Group. Prior to his time in Utah, Lt Col Eggehorn was at Los Angeles Air Force Base where he was the Deputy Program Manager and Launch Manager for the GPS IIR Satellite Program. And prior to that, he was assigned to the 10th Missile Squadron at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana as an ICBM Crew Commander. Lt Col Eggehorn holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington and a MA in Military Operational Art and Science from Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, in Alabama.

 

 JSF Licensing brief for DMAG (113 KB)

 

 

July 28h, 2011, UK Embassy
Mr. John Neumann
Assistant Director, Acquisition & Sourcing Management Team
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is known as "the investigative arm of Congress" and "the congressional watchdog." The Acquisition and Sourcing Management Team specifically helps Congress determine whether the public money is being spent efficiently and effectively and if acquisitions protect the government’s interest and maximize agencies’ return on investment. Mr. Neumann’s team manages audits of defense technology transfer, defense supplier management, and government contracting. 

 

 PowerPoint Presentation by Mr Neumann GAO to DMAG 26 July 2011 (215 KB) 

 

 

May 5th, 2011, Embassy of France.
Mr. Ronald W. Obermeyer
President
The Potsdam Foundation was founded in 2009 by a group of experienced and seasoned "old hand" transatlanticists from North America and from Europe, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany,and France. It was is founded on the principle that the transatlantic relationship, which has provided the basis for international security, political and economic opportunity, and religious freedom since the end of WW II continues to be the cornerstone for meeting the needs and challenges of the contemporary world. That relationship, however, faces serious challenges and cannot be taken for granted. The Foundation helps promote transatlantic dialogue, education, and understanding by fostering improved relations and understanding through educational, cultural, social, economic, and public-policy related programs and exchanges. These are conducted in the United States and Canada (principally in Washington, D.C.), in Europe, principally in the United Kingdom (Cambridgeand London), and Germany (Potsdam and Berlin). The Potsdam Foundation is incorporated under the laws of the state of Delaware as a non-partisan, non-profit organization. It is a "Public Charity" exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3)of the Internal Revenue Code Contributions to the Potsdam Foundation are tax deductible under section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code. The Potsdam Foundation is also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers, or gifts under sections2055, 2106, or 2522 of the Internal Revenue Code. Directors and Advisory Board Members of the Potsdam Foundation receive no compensation for their services.

 

February 23, 2011 Embassy of Canada
William C . Greenwalt
Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, Industrial Policy
William C . Greenwalt recently joined the United States Congress House Appropriations Committee - Oversight and Investigations. Before his recent appointment to the HAC, Mr. Greenwalt was the Director, Federal Acquisition Policy in Lockheed Martin Corporation’s Washington Operations office. He was responsible for developing and implementing the Corporation’s strategy with respect to government acquisition policy matters and managed and coordinated all Lockheed Martin interactions on these issues with the Executive and Legislative branches of the U.S. government.

February 3, 2011 Netherlands Embassy
Dr Lawrence J. Korb
Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress
Lawrence J. Korb is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. He is also a senior advisor to the Center for Defense Information and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. Prior to joining the Center for American Progress he was a senior fellow and director of National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. From July 1998 to October 2002 he was council vice president, director of studies, and holder of the Maurice Greenberg Chair.

July 29, 2010 British Embassy
Charles Shotwell 
Director, Directorate Defense Trade Controls (DDTC)

June 23, 2010 Australian Embassy
Brett Lambert
Director, Industrial Policy , Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition (OASD(A))
Brett B. Lambert joined the Department of Defense (DoD) in 2009 as Director of Industrial Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition (OASD(A)). Mr. Lambert serves as the principle advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L) on all matters relating to the defense industrial base, including industrial capabilities and assessments; defense industry mergers, acquisitions and consolidation; preservation of essential industries and technologies; and other related matters.

May 18, 2010 Greek Embassy
VADM Jeffrey Wieringa
Director, Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA)
Vice Admiral Jeffrey Wieringa became Director, Defense Security Cooperation Agency in August 2007. He manages a professional security cooperation work force of military and civilian personnel located around the world.He provides leadership, management, and oversight for a diverse portfolio of security cooperation and partner capacity building programs including: Foreign Military Sales, Foreign Military Financing, International Military Education and Training, End Use Monitoring, and Humanitarian Assistance, Disaster Relief, and Mine Action.

 

April 29, 2010 Austrian Embassy
Beth McCormick
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Defense Trade and Regional Security
Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Department of State
Beth M. McCormick, a member of the Senior Executive Service, was appointed to the position of Deputy Director, Defense Security Cooperation Agency October 12, 2008. In her current position, she is the Director’s principal assistant in managing a professional security cooperation work force of military and civilian personnel located around the world.

March 25, 2010 Canadian Embassy
Remy Nathan
Assistant VP, International Affairs, Aerospace Industries Association (AIA)
Remy Nathan, Assistant Vice President for International Affairs is responsible for monitoring, analyzing and recommending actions on issues as they affect international commercial and military aerospace markets. Nathan oversees international trade and market access, export financing, international negotiations, export controls, foreign military sales, and international cooperative programs.

February 25, 2010 Finnish Embassy
Brian Nilsson
Senior Director for Counter Proliferation, National Security Council (NSC)

January 28, 2010 Swiss Embassy 
Anthony Aldwell
Deputy Director, Defense Technology Security Administration (DTSA)
Anthony Aldwell was appointed as the Deputy Director of the Defense Technology Security Administration (DTSA) in October 2008. In this capacity, he manages a staff of 220 policy analysts, engineers, and licensing officers responsible for developing and implementing DoD technology security policies for international transfers of defense-related goods, services, and technologies.