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The Future of U.S.-Japan Defense Industrial Cooperation

March 20, 2024 • 9:00 – 11:00 am EDT

Please join the Japan Chair and Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group (DIIG) on Wednesday, March 20th at 9:00 am ET for a discussion on challenges and opportunities in strengthening defense industrial cooperation between Japan and the United States.

This event will feature two keynote addresses from government officials from both Japan and the United States to discuss pathways for collaboration and a panel of industry experts to assess the challenges and opportunities from an industry perspective. 

Program 

Introductory Remarks 

Dr. Cynthia Cook, Director of DIIG and a Senior Fellow in the International Security Program, CSIS

First Keynote Address 

Melissa Benkert, Director of International Cooperation in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (A&S) 

Second Keynote Address 

Yoshida Ikuo, Deputy Director of the Equipment Policy Division and the Technology Strategy Division at Japan’s Acquisitions, Technology, and Logistics Agency (ATLA)

Keynote addresses will be followed by a short discussion moderated by Christopher B. Johnstone, Senior Advisor and Japan Chair, CSIS 

Industry Panel Discussion 

Akiyama Masao, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Aerospace and Defense Systems, IHI Americas Inc.

Brent Bombach, Vice President and Head of Government Relations and Public Policy, NEC Corporation of America

Carl Farquhar, Director, International Operations and Policy, The Boeing Company.

(Moderator) Dr. Cynthia Cook, Director of DIIG and a Senior Fellow in the International Security Program, CSIS

This event is made possible with support from the Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Agency (ATLA), Japan Ministry of Defense.

Contact Information

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Cynthia Cook
Director, Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group and Senior Fellow, International Security Program
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Melissa Benkert

Director of International Cooperation, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (A&S)
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Yoshida Ikuo

Yoshida Ikuo

Deputy Director, Equipment Policy Division and Technology Strategy Division, Acquisition Technology, and Logistics Agency (ATLA)
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Akiyama Masao

Akiyama Masao

Senior Vice President & General Manager, Aerospace and Defense Systems, IHI Americas Inc.
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Brent Bombach

Brent Bombach

Vice President and Head of Government Relations and Public Policy, NEC Corporation of America
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Carl Farquhar

Carl Farquhar

Director, International Operations and Policy, The Boeing Company