Esper meets with defense contractor CEOs

By Marjorie Censer / February 19, 2020 at 2:59 PM

Defense Secretary Mark Esper met yesterday and today with the chief executives of some of the largest defense contractors.

Esper tweeted a photo yesterday with the chief executives of Boeing’s defense business, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon.

He said he “hosted a productive discussion with defense industry executives focused on our continued partnerships.”

“With the emergence of new technology, we must remain agile and ready, through innovation and investment in the best tools for our Warfighters,” Esper continued in his tweet.

He also tweeted today that he met this morning with executives “to discuss ways to partner to empower our Service Members with the best knowledge, equipment and platforms to fight and win.”

Speaking at a Barclays conference this afternoon, Bill Brown, the CEO of L3Harris Technologies, said he attended this morning’s breakfast with Esper.

“What we were talking about this morning is really around the budget,” Brown said, adding that attendees discussed aligning budget with strategy.