US Chamber Appoints Keith Webster to Lead Defense & Aerospace Export Council

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has hired Keith Webster, a three-decade Defense Department veteran, to serve as president of a new council that will support U.S. aerospace and defense exporters.

He will lead the Defense and Aerospace Export Council in efforts to collaborate with domestic and foreign partners to help the country’s A&D firms compete in the global market, the Chamber said Friday.

Webster previously managed international policy development and cooperation efforts at the Pentagon and has gained experience in foreign military sales, international agreements and technology security disclosure processes during his career there.

Ben Schwartz, head of the defense and aerospace program at the Chamber’s U.S.-India Business Council, will serve as executive director of the Defense and Aerospace Export Council.

He previously held positions at the DoD and at the departments of State and Energy.