Northrop Grumman CEO Kathy Warden joins 'Influencers with Andy Serwer' to discuss global security.
ANDY SERWER: I think almost all Americans, Kathy, would support the defense industry that keeps our country strong and our allies as well. Some people raise questions about weapons and systems falling into the wrong hands globally. How do you prevent what you make from falling into the wrong hands through third-party sales and such? What do you do there?
KATHY WARDEN: Well, we take that responsibility very seriously, and as does the government. And so we first have a process in place that very closely regulates and monitors who we sell certain products to. And we also look at protecting those systems in ways to assure that if they were to fall in the wrong hands, we would still be able to support a response to that.
I would say that from an industrial base perspective, the US even more so than any other part of the world feels a responsibility for global security. And therefore, we are very much aligned to a philosophy that we don't build weapons with an intent to go to war. We build weapons with an intent to deter conflict and achieve peaceful resolution. And so our company and I personally am in this industry, because I feel strongly that our role in national security is actually keeping the world and the people in it safer every day, not driving us toward conflict.