Hudson Institute will host a discussion on future of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR)

With the global market for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) predicted to reach $13 billion by 2024, militaries around the world are rapidly incorporating this critical technology into their operations. However, under the MTCR–a 1987 international agreement designed to prevent proliferation of ballistic missiles–UAS are categorized as missiles, and the U.S. is severely restricted in exporting this technology to its closest allies. Other countries, including China and Russia, have taken this opportunity to become the prime sellers of UAS globally. Reform of the MTCR’s weapons classifications is necessary to strengthen U.S. national security and advance American technological progress.


Timothy Morrison, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director, Weapons of Mass Destruction and Biodefense, National Security Council.

Dr. Christopher Ford, Assistant Secretary for International Security and Nonproliferation at the State Department.

Dr. Michael Horowitz is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Horowitz is the primary investigator in the Department of Defense’s Minerva Initiative on autonomous systems. He is the author of The Diffusion of Military Power: Causes and Consequences for International Politics (Princeton University Press 2018).

Mr. Benjamin Schwarz is the Executive Director of the Defense & Aerospace Export Council and was formerly Director for South China Sea, Singapore and Brunei at the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Rachel Zissimos is a policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation. Ms. Zissimos has written extensively on the technology and export control challenges facing the Department of Defense as it reforms and modernises.

Dr. Arthur Herman is a senior fellow at Hudson Institute. He is the author of nine books including the Pulitzer Prize Finalist Gandhi and Churchill (Bantam 2008).


Registration & Lunch
11:45 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.

Introduction by Arthur Herman
12:00 p.m. — 12:05 p.m.

Panel 1: MTCR Reform and the Trump Administration
12:05 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Panel 2: Economic, National Security, and Geopolitical Implications of MTCR Reform
12:45 p.m. — 1:30 p.m.

Audience Q & A
1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.


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