Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Several Key Pentagon and Congressional Decision Makers to Speak at Defense Innovation Days

Middletown, RI – Congressional, Pentagon, and defense industry leaders will descend upon Newport, RI from September 3 through September 5 for a major event focusing on the future of innovation and technology in the defense arena.  Hosted by the Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance (SENEDIA), the ‘Defense Innovation Days’ event will be one of the first of its kind in the region to bring policymakers and industry representatives together to discuss new trends within the defense arena and technologies being developed and deployed to military forces across the globe.  Included among the key speakers during the three day event are: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel; Governor Lincoln Chafee; Senator Jack Reed; Senator Sheldon Whitehouse; Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics (AT&L); Vice Admiral Jan Tighe, U.S. Navy, Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command; and Rear Admiral Matthew Klunder, U.S. Navy, Chief of Naval Research, among many others.

For planning purposes, a full agenda for the entire event can be found at

WHAT:        SENEDIA’s Defense Innovation Days

WHEN:     Wednesday, September 3 through Friday, September 5, 2014

WHERE:      Newport Marriott (Grand Ballroom)

25 America’s Cup Ave, Newport, RI 02840

WHAT:       Opening Remarks

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel; Governor Lincoln Chafee; Senator Jack Reed

       12:30 P.M.  Wednesday, September 3, 2014

NOTE:        Members of the media planning to attend should RSVP to Ted Kresse prior to the event with their coverage plans

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