Rep. Banks’ Statement on Inaugural Northeast Indiana Defense Summit

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Today, Rep. Jim Banks hosted a first-of-its-kind Northeast Indiana Defense Summit. You can watch the summit in its entirety, here.

Said Rep. Banks: “I’d like to thank Ranking Member Rogers and the northeast Indiana leaders and national industry leaders who made today’s summit a resounding success. We heard from a number of truly knowledgeable speakers, and because of them, every attendee walked away with a better sense of the DoD’s needs in an era of great power contribution, how Congress can meet the DoD’s needs, and how our region can help compete with Russia and China.

My hopes are that today’s event spurs investment and creates Hoosier jobs, that it marks a turning point for Indiana’s defense industry, and that it is the first of many to come.”

Industry and military leaders participating in the summit include AM General, BAE, General Dynamics, L3Harris, Raytheon Technologies, Rolls-Royce, Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane, and Ultra Electronics-USSI.

Keynote Speakers and Special Guests:

  • Rep. Mike Rogers, House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member
  • Palmer Luckey, Founder of Anduril
  • Jim Cannon, CEO of AM General
  • Dr. Jerry Hendrix, Author of To Provide and Maintain a Navy
  • Jacob Helberg, Author of The Wires of War



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