BOSTON (May 24, 2016) –Two U.S. Department of Defense cybersecurity officials will be among the featured speakers at a major regional conference hosted by the National Defense Industrial Association’s New England Chapter.

“Advancing National Security Innovation: Fostering DoD/New England Industry Collaboration” will be held June 16 at UMass/Lowell. It will focus on innovation technology sectors with significant DoD and industry investments: cybersecurity; command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR); and unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Senior officials from federal and state agencies, defense contractors, research laboratories, academia, commercial industry and the financial sector will attend.

Marianne Bailey, the DoD’s Principal Director, Deputy Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Cybersecurity, will deliver the morning keynote speech. John Mills, Chief, Cybersecurity Strategy Division, DoD CIO, will participate in a morning panel on Perspectives on Adopting Cybersecurity Solutions.

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.”

In addition to cybersecurity issues, panel sessions will include:

  • 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