BREAKING: Chairman and CEO Hawk Carlisle leaves NDIA


The National Defense Industrial Association announced March 4 that retired Air Force General Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle planned to leave the NDIA after serving nearly five years with the association.

“Thanks to the dedication of an incredible and talented staff and the initiative of hardworking and innovative volunteer leaders, NDIA’s future remains strong,” said Carlisle. “It has been an honor and a privilege to lead this superb organization whose important work encourages collaboration between government, industry and academia to deliver solutions that advance the national security and defense needs of our great nation. . I know that the staff and volunteer leaders of the NDIA will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that our combatants always have the best capabilities, training and support, so that they have a decisive advantage throughout the world. specter of conflict.

Carlisle became president and CEO of the NDIA in June 2017 after a 39-year career in the Air Force, from which he retired as a four-star general in March 2017. His last assignment was as Commander, Air Combat Command (ACC) at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. Prior to serving as commander of the ACC, Carlisle was the commander of Pacific Air Forces; the air component commander of US Pacific Command; and Executive Director, Pacific Air Combat Operations Staff, Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hawaii. Carlisle is a graduate of the US Air Force Academy and earned a master’s degree from Golden Gate University.

“Hawk has successfully led NDIA through some of the most important milestones in the association’s history and will leave the organization well positioned for the next President and CEO,” said Arnold Punaro, Chairman of the Board of administration of NDIA. “His strong leadership has helped grow our membership and deepen strategic dialogue between the defense community and the legislative and executive branches, even during COVID restrictions when in-person events have been cancelled. The Board and I are grateful for all that Hawk has helped NDIA accomplish and appreciate his continued leadership in ensuring a smooth transition as we search for his successor.

A special committee of the board’s executive committee, with support from leading executive search firm Russell Reynolds Associates, is conducting an extensive search to identify the best candidates to succeed Carlisle. He looks forward to continuing in his role as chairman and chief executive until a successor is named, which is expected by April 1.

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