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US defence secretary calls for faster technology development

NEWPORT, R.I. – U.S. Defence Secretary Ashton Carter says the government needs to develop technology faster and reconnect with the tech industry.

He told students at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport on Wednesday that “we’re too slow and that’s a problem.”

Carter visited Rhode Island as part of a three-day trip to New England to see Navy installations and meet service members.

Carter says the defence world used to have a stronger connection to the technology industry, and he’s spending a lot of time in the Silicon Valley and in Boston to restore it.

While in Newport, Carter is going to the Naval Undersea Warfare Center to see the latest in unmanned vehicles and other undersea technologies.

He also told the students he’s concerned about budget instability.

Carter previously visited Connecticut.