The National Defense Industrial Association announced today that retired Gen. Herbert J. "Hawk" Carlisle will serve as its president and chief executive officer, effective June 2017.

"We are at a critical point for the future of national security, which requires collaboration and innovative solutions, and Hawk is a seasoned leader who can drive the strategic dialogue that needs to continue between the defense community and industry to ensure our warfighters continue to have the best capabilities and best technology at their disposal," said NDIA Chairman Sid Ashworth.

Outgoing NDIA CEO Craig McKinley also expressed pleasure at the appointment.  

"I am extremely pleased that General Carlisle is my relief. I have known Hawk for several decades and he will bring a wealth of experience and connectivity to the NDIA team."

"I am extremely excited to join such a great organization as NDIA. The importance of the work they do to support US National Security cannot be over stated. I am truly looking forward to working with our national defense industry, the Department of Defense and Congress to further the defense of our great Nation," said Carlisle. 

Previously, Carlisle served as Commander, Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base.

Mackenzie Wolf is an editorial intern for Military Times.