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Immediate Release

Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks Travels to California

Attributable to Pentagon Spokesman Eric Pahon:

Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks departs on Monday, December 11, to visit locations in Silicon Valley, California.

She will first visit the Defense Innovation Unit where she will meet with DIU personnel who are accelerating the U.S. military's adoption of commercial technology to strengthen national security and receive an update on DIU projects through a series of capabilities demonstrations.

She will also meet with a wide range of industry leaders to discuss the Department's Replicator initiative, discuss innovation across the Department, and see demonstrations of AI-powered and autonomous technologies.