Hawk Carlisle

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

Recent Articles

  • Global Defense Market

    Protecting the Fruits of our Labor from China

    April 03, 2020

    For decades, the National Defense Industrial Association and its members have worked hard to ensure U.S. and allied war­fighters enjoy decisive advantage across the spectrum of conflict.

  • Viewpoint

    U.S., Asian Allies Must Maintain a Burning Focus on China

    February 20, 2020

    The greatest value of the 2018 National Defense Strategy is its burning focus on great power competition and specifically the challenge from a surging China.

  • Space

    Unanswered Questions, Concerns Remain About the New Space Force

    January 27, 2020

    At the establishment of the Space Force on Dec. 20, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper stated, “Our military services have created the world’s best space capabilities.

  • Defense Department

    Tough Choices for Military, Political Leaders

    January 09, 2020

    The strategic environment has changed drastically since the Soviet Union’s fall and the rise of China. Our current National Security Strategy accurately defines the threats we face in emerging great power competition, as well as the steps needed to protect the nation.

  • Defense Innovation

    The Association’s Next 100 Years

    November 01, 2019

    As I reflect on my first 30 months as the National Defense Industrial Association’s president and CEO, I’m proud of our team’s accomplishments but, more importantly, excited about our future.

  • Air Power

    Recapitalizing America’s Air Force

    October 03, 2019

    Holidays are great. We take time off from our worries and relax. Unfortunately, holidays end, and often a built-up work backlog greets us back in the real world.

  • 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.

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