The US and international defense industrial sectors have faced many challenges over the last twenty years, including cycles of growth and shrinkage in defense budgets, shifts in strategic defense priorities, and macroecomic volatility. In the current environment, the defense sector faces a combination of these challenges and must struggle with the need to maintain critical aspects of the defense industrial base as defense priorities change and as defense budgets reduce or plateau. Moreover, the defense sector in the US is interconnected both with defense sectors in other countries and with other industry sectors in the US and global ecomies. As a result, strategic decisions made in one defense sector impact the defense sectors of other countries, as well as other areas of the ecomy. Given her academic, corporate, and Department of Defense experience as a leading ecomist and policy-maker, Dr. Nayantara Hensel is perfectly positioned to examine the interrelationship between these forces both historically and in the current environment, and to assess the implications for the future global defense industrial base.
Dr Nayantara Hensel has served as the Chief Economist for the Department of the Navy and as Professor of Industry and Business at National Defense University. She received her BA, MA, and Ph.D. from Harvard University, where she graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa and specialized in finance and economics. She has provided economic guidance on the defense industry and defense industrial base and was awarded the Joint Civilian Service Commendation Medal in 2013.