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Online Event: Main Street Defense Series - Bringing Innovation and Adaptability to the Fight with General Atomics’ David Alexander

July 1, 2020 • 1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT

Please join us on Wednesday, July 1st at 1 PM for an online discussion as part of our Main Street Defense Series.

Please join the CSIS’s Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group on Wednesday, July 1st at 1 PM. Andrew Hunter, director of the Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group, will be joined by Mr. David Alexander, President of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. Under Mr. Alexander’s leadership, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems manufactures, supports, and operates a variety of proven, reliable, Remotely Piloted Aircraft systems for military and commercial applications worldwide.

Mr. Alexander will discuss how General Atomics has succeeded by adapting emerging technologies to the needs of the warfighter, demonstrated by the extremely high utilization rate of the MQ-9 Reaper.  We will examine how they continuously improve their products to meet emerging global needs, and how their platform has changed the way U.S. and allied armed forces organize and operate. In addition, we will discuss the challenges of competing in international defense markets, competing for top talent in building a technically advanced and experienced workforce, and partnering with other firms both large and small to deliver capability.

The purpose of the Main Street Defense event series is to highlight the unique opportunities and challenges faced by ‘Main Street’ companies in the defense industry. By broadening conversation to include entities headquartered in America’s towns and cities beyond the top five defense contractors, and by providing a public platform for discussion, CSIS engages new voices and provides a setting for dialogue on important factors affecting the entire defense and security sector today, different from those that we usually hear about.

Please submit your online questions via the button on the event page. We will incorporate your audience questions into the Q&A session.

This event is made possible through general support to CSIS.

Andrew Philip Hunter

Mr. David R. Alexander

President, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.