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The future of America’s defense industrial base

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The United States today faces a wide range of security challenges. From a rising China and revanchist Russia to the ongoing threat posed by North Korea and Iranian nuclear proliferation as well as terrorism, a crucial key to America’s security continues to be technology and the innovative potential of its defense industrial base. To stay a step of ahead of competitors and prepare to fight the wars of the future, the United States must invest in its defense, even as it confronts tough questions about the fiscal constraints it faces and how much it can — or should — do.

On November 15, Brookings hosted an event to discuss innovation, the defense industrial base, budgets, and the suite of threats facing the nation with Kathy Warden, CEO of Northrop Grumman.

Viewers submitted questions via email to or on Twitter using #FutureOfDefense.

Northrop Grumman is a donor to the Brookings Institution. Brookings recognizes that the value it provides is in its absolute commitment to quality, independence, and impact. Activities supported by its donors reflect this commitment.



Kathy Warden

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President - Northrop Grumman Corporation

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