September 28, 2021 - CCC President and CEO, Bobby Kwon, joined a virtual discussion panel on “Industrial Base Resilience” as part of ComDef 2021. The panel also included Mr. Jesse Salazar, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy for the U.S. Department of Defence (US DoD).
Bobby Kwon shared that CCC’s oversight and administration of U.S. DoD contracts with Canadian companies helps ensure both security of supply, and in turn, the resiliency of the Canada-U.S. industrial base.
In his introductory remarks, Mr. Kwon highlighted that “Canada and the United States share the most integrated defense industrial base in the world. Our close defence materiel cooperation ensures the security of supply, helps avoid duplication of effort, and provides surge production capacity.
A cornerstone of the integrated Canada-U.S. industrial base is the DPSA, the Defence Production Sharing Agreement, which ensures U.S. access to Canadian capabilities and in return allows Canadians to access the largest defence buyer in the world – U.S. DoD. For the past 65 years, CCC has been the Government of Canada’s lead agency on the DPSA.”
He further explained that “For CCC, resiliency means the ability to respond in times of crisis, to pivot to meet changing needs and conditions, to do ever more with finite resources, to keep our eyes and ears to the ground, and never lose sight of the end game.”
Watch the video of discussion panel.