U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper was the keynote speaker for this year’s Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance’s Defense Innovation Days in Newport on 27 August 2019.
Dr. Esper noted that “New England remains crucial to American continued maritime dominance.”
In 2014, then-Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke at this same conference and described Southeastern New England as the Silicon Valley of undersea warfare.
Esper agreed with that sentiment, “Today, this region is not only vital to our submarine production but also hosts a diverse set of organizations that develop the technological capabilities and the concepts needed to fight and win at sea.” He said he believes the future of undersea warfare is in artificial intelligence and robotics.
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