(BEDFORD) - The new Defense and National Security Advisory Council met for the first time on Tuesday.
Becky Skillman, Radius Indiana president and CEO, created the council, which is being chaired by Don Schulte, executive director of Westgate@Crane Technology Park.
Others on the council include Duane Embree from the Indiana Department of Defense Development, Dave Reece of the Crane Regional Alliance, and Steve Gootee representing the Southern Indiana Defense Alliance, NSWC Crane Director of Engagement Brian Blackwell, Maj. Gen. "Clif" Tooley, Assistant Adjutant General of the Indiana National Guard, and Norm Thomas, deputy director at Crane Army Ammunition Activity (CAAA).
The council plans to:
Advise Radius Indiana as it forms a community support network to promote and strengthen Indiana's defense industry locally, statewide, and nationally, most immediately focusing on a potential U.S. Department of Defense Base Realignment and Closure.
Promote and grow the defense and national security opportunities surrounding Indiana's military bases, including attracting defense related industries to the Westgate@Crane Technology Park, and the entire eight-county Radius region.
Support and promote the use of civil military innovation through technology transfer and entrepreneurship.
Bolster Indiana's defense industry through long-range strategic planning.
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