Industrial Base Policy
Industry and International Engagement

Who We Are

The Industry and International Engagement team serves as the liaison between senior DoD leadership, including the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Under Secretary for Acquisition & Sustainment, and international allies and partners. We are the primary points of contact for the Office of Industrial Base Policy’s engagement with industry, academia, think tanks, foreign partners, and other key stakeholders. Through collaborative efforts with these partners, the Engagement team advances the mission to strengthen and diversify the Defense Industrial Base through Industrial Policy’s four lines of effort:

  • Assess
  • Promote
  • Protect
  • Partner
Justin K. McFarlin

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Base Development & International Engagement


The Industry Engagement team for Industrial Base Policy is dedicated to ensuring the timely support of essential industry engagements.



Director, Industry Engagement

The mission of the International Cooperation (IC) Office is to strengthen key international partnerships through cooperative Acquisition, Sustainment and Industrial Base initiatives to improve interoperability and sharpen the warfighter’s technological edge.


Melissa Benkert

Director, International Cooperation

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