Kathleen Hicks Meets With Industry Executives After National Defense Strategy Release

Kathleen Hicks, deputy secretary of the Department of Defense and a 2022 Wash100 Award recipient, spoke with leaders of eight large primes to discuss strategic priorities for the Pentagon and business challenges facing the industry.

DOD said Tuesday executives at BAE Systems, Boeing (NYSE: BA), General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), HII (NYSE: HII), L3Harris Technologies (NYSE: LHX), Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) and Raytheon Technologies (NYSE: RTX) attended the classified meeting.

The National Defense Strategy, which was released Oct. 27, was a key topic of the meeting as department leaders aim to sustain engagement with vendors to address strategic competition and critical technology requirements across the military.

Contractor representatives also shared thoughts with Hicks and other DOD officials regarding the health of the defense industrial base, workforce and supply chain.

“We’re continuing to meet and talk with industry about the issues that affect us all – to include securing our supply chains & working together to solve workforce challenges across the defense ecosystem,” Hicks wrote in a Twitter post.

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