Dak Hardwick currently serves as the Assistant Vice President, International Affairs at the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA). His primary responsibilities include international defense, space trade and export control reform issues. In addition, he oversees AIA’s role in bilateral and multilateral trade relationships in key regions, trade advocacy initiatives, and international cooperative programs.
Before joining AIA, Hardwick worked at Harris Corporation, an international communications and information technology company. At Harris, he was the primary interface with the U.S. Government for a variety of Harris government communication programs, including national airspace modernization, intelligence, and meteorological ground system programs. He was also responsible for working with U.S. Government and international officials to ensure timely export of Harris radio communications products for U.S.-allied and partner nations.
A former Presidential Management Fellow, Hardwick began his career at Headquarters, Marine Corps as an appropriations budget analyst. He later transitioned to the Office of the Secretary of Defense where he helped establish the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense after September 11, 2001 and later held a variety of critical national security positions, including serving as the country director for Georgia and the Republic of Moldova.
Hardwick currently serves as the AIA representative to the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Advisory Committee for Aerospace Equipment (ITAC-1), appointed jointly by the Secretary of Commerce and the United States Trade Representative. In that role, he serves at the Chair of the ITAC-1’s Space subcommittee.
Hardwick is a member of the Virginia Aviation Board, appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe. In this role, he is responsible for representing airports in the Northern Virginia region before the Board, including Washington Dulles International Airport, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, and seven general aviation airports.
An active member of the Alexandria, Virginia community, Hardwick serves on the Board of Directors of New Hope Housing, an organization dedicated to ending homelessness in Northern Virginia and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on the City of Alexandria’s Budget and Fiscal Affairs Advisory Committee, appointed by the members of the Alexandria City Council.
Hardwick holds a B.S. in public affairs from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and M.P.A. from West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. He is also a graduate of the Sorensen Institute’s Political Leaders Program at the University of Virginia.