Caroline Cooper, Raytheon - Co-Chair
Marisa Lino, Northrop Grumman - Co-Chair
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Defense, Aerospace, Transportation & Security

Defense, Aerospace, Transportation & Security (DATS) Committee of BABA is responsible for promoting the understanding and discussion of key political, economic, and industrial issues impacting its four business sectors. US and UK bipartisan government and corporate leaders in the defense, aerospace, transportation, and security sectors are invited to address specific topics that are of interest to the committee, the BABA membership, and the broader community.

DATS is especially interested in promoting dialogue and understanding toward a consistent policy on defense export approvals and trade and awareness and understanding of the UK’s extensive experience in Homeland Security. This includes support and interface during UK state visits between US Administration and UK officials on key issues affecting BABA members' perspectives, through the exceptional relationship maintained with the British Embassy.

Some of the past events set up by the BABA DATS Committee include:

Defense

  • Roundtable on the US-UK Defense Treaty with Steve McCarthy, Minister, Defence & Material and his staff, with focus on how to make the treaty more useful and “user-friendly.”
  • "The US-UK Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty": the first industry-focused event on Treaty implementation, at which the US and UK Chairs of the Management Team on the Treaty presented on it jointly for the first time in such a business/industry forum
  • Visit to The Joint Strike Fighter Demonstration Center and Simulators – hosted and managed by Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Pratt & Whitney and BAE Systems (all DATS members)

Aerospace

  • Visit to the NTSB/National Transportation Safety Board Facilities for a full briefing on their responsibilities and capabilities including the extraordinary investigation and conclusions on the tragedy of flight TWA 800
  • "The New 380 Airbus": an extensive and fascinating picture of the creation of one of the world's great aircraft, by Barry Eccleston, CEO, Airbus North America

Transportation

  • Tour of the Washington Dulles Airport covering Operations, Security and the ongoing expansion, including the new train system and security screening hall
  • Tour of the Port of Baltimore, including Customs Operations and Security

Security

  • ‘The UK and US Partnership in the Global War against Cyber Terrorism’ with Guest Speakers John C. (Chris) Inglis Deputy Director, The National Security Agency, US Government and Jonathan Hoyle, Director General for Government & Industry Cyber Security, GCHQ, UK Government
  • "The Strength of US-UK Cooperation in Transport & Homeland Security" with speakers Kip Hawley, Head of the TSA, & Niki Tompkinson, Director, TRANSEC, UK Dept. of Transport
  • "The Real Deal on Homeland Security: a US Congressional View" from the US House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security

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The current members of the DATS Committee are as follows:

Raytheon Caroline Cooper, Co-Chair
Northrop Grumman Marisa Lino, Co-Chair
Airbus Jamie Darcy
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer Kristen Ittig
BAE Systems Tom Reich
Boeing Gene Cunningham
British Airways Derrick Surratt
British Embassy Lewis Hedge
Cobham Greg Caires
Dentons Jeniffer Roberts
IDEEA Quentin Whiteree
Intercede Jon Payne
ITTA Dean Pagedas
Lockheed Martin Yola Johnston
Lockheed Martin Vincent O'Brien
MBDA Earle Rudolph
Stangarone &  Associates Caroline Harris
UKTI Gareth Alston
Venable Ashley Craig

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