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David Wennergren, a managing director at Deloitte Consulting and former member of the senior executive service, discusses leadership lessons learned from Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan’s keynote at AFCEA/USNI’s WEST 2018 conference, incentivizing cultural change in the defense industry, and more during a February 2018 interview with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian in San Diego. Our coverage was sponsored by Leonardo DRS.

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Patrick Shanahan, deputy defense secretary, says the US Department of Defense must insist on cyber hygiene as much as security clearances, says the Pentagon will advocate for improving foreign military sales, and discusses other goals for DoD and industry drawn from the National Defense Strategy during a Feb. 6, 2018, keynote address at the AFCEA International/USNI WEST 2018 Conference in San Diego.

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Col. James “Hondo” Geurts, USAF Ret., assistant secretary of the US Navy for research, development and acquisition, discusses how digital ship modeling and technology refinement (and, if necessary, replacement) can help speed “megaprojects,” the service’s DDG Flight III contract, small business collaboration and more during a press gaggle following his speech at the AFCEA International/USNI WEST 2018 Conference in San Diego.

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Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, advocates for a “whole-of-government approach” to US security sector assistance that promotes counterinsurgency through stability operations, understands this kind of support comprises more than just defense, and splits the workload between the US Defense Department and US State Department, since achieving security goals through interagency and international cooperation is more cost-efficient and can be more effective than putting boots on the ground, during a Feb. 12, 2018, speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

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Col. James “Hondo” Geurts, USAF Ret., assistant secretary of the US Navy for research, development and acquisition, discusses how the service sped its MQ-25 Stingray, Standard Missile-6, C4ISR and Long Range Anti-Ship Missile programs, learning from SOFWERX, shipbuilding strategy, priorities and innovation, and the White House’s FY19 defense budget request during a Feb. 8, 2018, interview with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian at the AFCEA International/US Naval Institute WEST 2018 conference in San Diego. Watch Geurts’ full interview with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian here, and check out video of the press gaggle that followed his speech here.

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Col. James “Hondo” Geurts, USAF Ret., assistant secretary of the US Navy for research, development and acquisition, says focusing on “delivering lethal capacity,” using “alternate acquisition processes” to boost agility, driving cost out of systems, and attracting and empowering “next-generation talent” are key to the Navy and Marine Corps delivering on the Pentagon’s National Defense Strategy during a Feb. 8, 2018, address at the AFCEA International/USNI WEST 2018 Conference in San Diego. Our coverage is sponsored by Leonardo DRS.

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Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, says he’s “very concerned” about the proposed White House base budget’s long-term sustainability in the midst of a $21 trillion national debt and a deficit projected to hit $1 trillion in 2018 during an exclusive Feb. 12, 2018, interview with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian. The interview was conducted at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

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Adm. Scott Swift, USN, commander, US Pacific Fleet, discusses the US Navy’s role in the National Defense and Security Strategies, manpower, culture, gray-zone warfare, strategic deterrence, learning from accidents, innovation and more during a wide-ranging, February 2018 interview with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian at the AFCEA International/USNI WEST 2018 conference in San Diego. Our coverage is sponsored by Leonardo DRS.

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Adm. James Stavridis, PhD, USN Ret., chairman of the US Naval Institute, dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, calls President Donald Trump’s proposed “bloody nose” strategy “a terrible idea” because it would trigger uncontrollable “impulse escalation” from Pyongyang and the “escalatory response” North Korean attacks would demand of the US would almost definitely lead “to a war that would kill two-to-four million people in the Korean Peninsula” during a wide-ranging, February 2018 interview with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian at the 2017 AFCEA/USNI WEST Conference in San Diego. Stavridis also advocates for four-party talks between the US, China, North Korea and South Korea, grades the Trump administration’s first year in foreign and defense policy, discusses recent US Navy accidents, and says a Washington military parade isn’t logistically, politically or fiscally advisable. Our WEST conference coverage is sponsored by Leonardo DRS.

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Ryan McCarthy, US Army under secretary, says the service must “continue to modernize itself to maintain its position as No. 1 in the world” and shares a status update on modernization efforts — including the Army Futures Command — during his opening remarks at the Brooking Institution’s “Next steps for the Army: A conversation with Under Secretary Ryan McCarthy” event, held Feb. 8, 2018, at its Washington headquarters. He delivered the remarks right before his discussion with Michael O’Hanlon, foreign policy research director, Sydney Stein, Jr. chair and a senior fellow at Brookings.

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