U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) hosted General (Ret.) Michael V. Hayden, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, for a forum on national security matters at the State Capitol building Thursday.
The event, вЂњU.S. National Security in the 21 st Century: Challenges and Opportunities,вЂќ included members of UtahвЂ™s national security community and focused on past, present, and future efforts to protect our country.
вЂњGeneral Hayden understands the important role Utahns have played in keeping our country safe, and I appreciate him accepting my invitation to come to Utah today,вЂќ Hatch said. вЂњTodayвЂ™s forum was also a great opportunity for Utahns working in the national security field to hear directly from the former CIA director about the importance of the technologies being developed and produced in Utah.вЂќ
вЂњAnyone who has served to protect our nationвЂ™s security understands that it requires the collaboration and support of many,вЂќ said General Hayden.В вЂњIt is an honor to join Senator Hatch, a strong and consistent supporter of American security,В and visit todayВ with such a notable group of Utahns working to support and protect the U.S. from todayвЂ™s evolving threats.вЂќ
There were approximately 200 individuals at the forum representing businesses from across Utah.
вЂњSenator HatchвЂ™s leadership has been critical in helping Utahns understand how they can contribute to the Federal GovernmentвЂ™s national security efforts,вЂќ added forum attendee Jeff Woodbury, Vice President-Legal/Development for the Woodbury Corporation.В вЂњThe state of Utah has proven to the Federal Government that it is a willing partner to ensure long term job growth in industries related to our nationвЂ™s advancement and security.В We will stand ready to assist in meeting these goals.вЂќ