Hawk Carlisle

General Herbert J. “Hawk” Carlisle, USAF (Ret) is the president of the National Defense Industrial Association.

Recent Articles

  • Defense Department

    Talent, Training and the Red Tails

    January 30, 2019

    As we thought about how to recognize and honor the accomplishments of African Americans during Black History month, we decided to focus on one of our most successful World War II units, the Tuskegee Airmen.

  • Defense Contracting

    Association Building on a Strong Foundation

    December 04, 2018

    In 1918, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the guns fell silent and an armistice went into effect in Central Europe, bringing an end to World War I combat operations.

  • Defense Department

    Industry Conferences More Valuable Than Ever

    June 28, 2018

    As the National Defense Industrial Association’s president and CEO, I’m sometimes asked about the purpose and value of our conferences, meetings and events.

  • Defense Department

    Existential Threats Require All Levers of Power

    April 30, 2018

    The United States must pivot to focus on great power competition.

  • Defense Department

    NDIA Moves Forward as an Enterprise in 2018

    January 02, 2018

    As we enter 2018, I want to take this opportunity to recount the National Defense Industrial Association’s deliberate efforts over the past year to add member value and offer insight on where we are going.

  • Defense Department

    The Complexity of Multi-Domain Operations

    November 28, 2017

    For the U.S. military to maintain its status as the greatest fighting force in the world, it must continue to learn and understand the multi-domain battlespace and significantly improve its operations across the entire range of military activity.

  • Defense Department

    Acquisition Reform Is a National Imperative

    September 26, 2017

    In the words of Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, “we need to put technology into the hands of our soldiers faster.” No truer words could be spoken.

  • Defense Department

    Solving the Military Readiness Conundrum

    August 23, 2017

    The U.S. military is the greatest and most capable fighting force the world has ever seen, and serving side by side for 39 years with the wonderful men and women who defend the nation is the proudest accomplishment of my life.

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