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Report: Ashton Carter, Industry Execs Hold ‘Closed-Door’ Forum

PentagonDefense Secretary Ashton Carter and several industry executives met Tuesday to discuss how companies and the Defense Department can increase their collaboration, DoD Buzz reported Tuesday.

Brendan McGarry writes more than 30 members of the Aerospace Industries Association, Professional Services Council and National Defense Industrial Association participated in the “closed-door” forum with Carter at AIA headquarters in Arlington, Virginia.

McGarry said the meeting likely covered topics such as DoD’s innovation efforts, fiscal 2017 budget and spending plan and key acquisition programs.

“The Secretary’s participation in this forum serves to reaffirm our sustained, ongoing commitment to modernization, and the technological superiority that has been the foundation of our national security advantage for the past several decades,” DoD spokesman Jeff Davis told the publication in an email.

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