In February 2016, the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for Manufacturing and Industrial Based Policy (MIBP) traveled to Singapore and Malaysia to represent Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (OUSD/AT&L) interests in the region. In Singapore, DASD Gudger attended the 2016 Singapore Airshow to demonstrate senior level support for U.S. industry to potential buyers and competitors; advocate on behalf of U.S. industry with senior foreign government officials; and gain a better understanding of the level of foreign competitive technology that can best be incorporated into the U.S. industrial base on behalf of the warfighter. DASD Gudger held meetings with senior Singaporean Ministry of Defence representatives to establish or strengthen bilateral ties and reinforce mutual interests, and engaged with senior U.S. defense industry representatives through an Aerospace Industries Association forum to gain a further understanding of industry’s efforts to sustain the U.S. defense industrial base via the growing international market, particularly in Southeast Asia.
DASD Gudger also traveled to Malaysia at the request of the Office of Defense Cooperation at the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur to speak at the inaugural U.S.-Malaysia Defense Trade Symposium (DTS). DTS’ purpose was to establish a knowledge baseline regarding the U.S. defense export system amongst Malaysian government officials and local defense industry representatives while providing similar information regarding the Malaysian defense procurement system to U.S. government and U.S. industry participants. DASD Gudger provided opening remarks during the business-to-business networking session in which he encouraged closer industrial ties to buttress the government relationship.