Congressional and defense industry leaders will visit Newport from 27 August through 29 August for a sold-out event focusing on the future of innovation and technology in the defense arena.

Hosted by the Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance (SENEDIA), the 5th Annual Defense Innovation Days’ event will 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.  There will be over 350 attendees as well as 27 organizations exhibiting their leading-edge technology.

Key speakers during the three-day event are: Senator Jack Reed (RI); James “Hondo” Geurts, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Research, Development and Acquisition; Vice Admiral William Merz, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations; Vice Admiral David Johnson, Principal Military Deputy ASNRDA; Dr. Eric Evans, Director, MIT Lincoln Laboratory; Dr. Mark Abbott, President, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; and more.

Senator Jack Reed (pictured above) and James “Hondo” Geurts, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Research, Development, and Acquisition, will provide opening remarks on Monday, August 27th.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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