BOSTON (April 25, 2016)– Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker will be a featured speaker at a major June conference hosted by the National Defense Industrial Association’s New England Chapter bringing together the national and regional security innovation communities.

The conference – “Advancing National Security Innovation: Fostering DoD/New England Industry Collaboration” – will be held Thursday, June 16 at the UMass/Lowell Inn and Conference Center. It will feature senior officials from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), federal and state agencies, defense contractors, research laboratories, academia, commercial industry and the financial sector.

The Conference will focus on innovation technology sectors with significant DoD and industry investments: cybersecurity; command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, reconnaissance (C4ISR); and unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

Forward-looking investments in these technology sectors will be explored, along with opportunities and challenges for DoD/industry collaboration.

“The conference will be of great business-building value to all participants,” said Paul Serotkin, President of the NDIA/NE Chapter. “We are looking forward to this becoming an annual event for the region’s innovation economy.”

Major panel sessions will include:

  • Perspectives on Adopting Cybersecurity Innovations.
  • DoD/Industry Collaboration to Advance C4ISR/UAS Innovations.
  • Challenges and Opportunities for Disruptive Technology Commercialization.
  • Economic Development Updates from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

For speaker updates and registration, visit the NDIA/NE website:

NDIA New England is the regional arm of the National Defense Industrial Association (, the nation’s leading defense industry association in providing a forum for the exchange of information among industry, academia, the military and state and federal government on national security issues.

For more information, contact Harry King, NDIA New England communications director, at