NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is traveling to Newport to speak at the U.S. Naval War College and a conference of defense contractors and policymakers.

Hagel will speak Wednesday afternoon at the inaugural Defense Innovation Days, hosted by the Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance. The goal of the event is to bring policymakers and industry representatives together to discuss new trends within the defense industry and technologies being developed and deployed to military forces.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee, U.S. Sen. Jack Reed and other members of the state's congressional delegation also plan to attend.

Following that event, Hagel will host a town hall meeting on the Defense Department's role in national security at the Naval War College.

He will answer questions from students, faculty and staff.


Shutterstock/Stephen B. Goodwin