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2015 WEST Conference


Co-sponsored by AFCEA International and the U.S. Naval Institute, West 2015 is the largest event on the West Coast for communications, electronics, intelligence, information systems, imaging, military weapon systems, aviation, shipbuilding, and more. Don't miss this exclusive opportunity to engage the military and industry leaders who are designating warfighting strategies and operational platforms

San Diego Convention Center

111 W Harbor Drive

San Diego, CA 92101

Driving Directions to the San Diego Convention Center

 

WEST is the premier Sea Services event focused on operations in the Asia-Pacific region - showcasing emerging systems, platforms, technologies and networks that will impact all areas of current and future Sea Service operations. Senior leaders will address the theme “Lower Budgets and Higher Demands: How Do the Sea Services Strike the Right Balance?” Industry will showcase and discuss emerging technologies and equipment that will impact all areas of future Sea Service operations. Now in its 25th year, WEST 2015 is co-sponsored by AFCEA International and the U.S. Naval Institute, both non-profit, non-lobbying membership associations. Registration is free for military and government. Many related technical sessions are eligible for continuing education (CEs) and training credits.

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Hotel Information

Conference Hotels:

  • Embassy Suites San Diego Bay Hotel
  • Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel
  • Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter Hotel
  • San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina Hotel

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Important Housing Information

The Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association (AFCEA) and the United States Naval Institute (USNI) are proud to host WEST 2015 in San Diego in February 2015. We have contracted solely with J. Spargo and Associates as the official housing vendor for WEST 2015. We do not endorse or have a relationship with any other housing service.

It has recently come to our attention that unauthorized companies are soliciting WEST attendees and exhibitors promising special discounted hotel rates. All conference attendees and exhibitors should beware of any individual offering housing reservations for WEST and claiming to be a representative of WEST 2015. AFCEA, USNI, and J. Spargo and Associates do NOT solicit conference registrants directly by telephone for hotel bookings or special discounts. We urge you to exercise caution to ensure you are booking your hotel accommodations through the official provider, J. Spargo and Associates.

Change/Cancellation Policy:

All reservation changes must be made online or submitted in writing to westhousing@jspargo.com via the Housing Center by 12:00pm EST Friday, January 16, 2015. After 12:00pm EST, Friday, January 16, 2015 you must contact the hotel directly. All cancellations must be received, three days (72 hours) prior to your scheduled check-in date.

Please Note: Please be sure to verify your arrival date.  If you do not arrive on your confirmed arrival date, your room will not be held for the remainder of your stay; and you will be assessed a fee equal to one night's room and tax. Government ID is required at check-in for government-rated rooms. Government rates are based on the prevailing government per diem rate and are subject to change.

Questions?

If you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact the WEST Housing Center at westhousing@jspargo.com.

WEST Housing Center
11208 Waples Mill Road, Suite 112
Fairfax, VA 22030
Toll-Free: (888) 273-5706
Phone: (703) 449-6418
Fax: (703) 574-8332
E-mail: westhousing@jspargo.com

General Registration Information

Registration and Housing Center Hours:

Contact Information / Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time

Government/Military/Academia       (Free)
(Includes all three days except luncheons and reception)
(Meals available for separate purchase see below)

Small Business Member                    ($275)
(Defined as employees of companies meeting SBA size standards
(Includes all 3 days, luncheons and reception)

Industry Member                               ($345)
(Includes all three days, luncheons and reception)

Industry Non-Member                       ($495)
(Includes all three days, luncheons and reception)

Exhibit Hall Only Pass (excludes Industry Non-Members)     (Free)

Exhibit Hall Only Pass (Industry Non-Member)                       ($50)

Meal Ticket Fees
Government/Military/Academia         $20
Small Business Member                    $70
Industry Member                               $70
Industry Non-Member                       $70

Cancellation Policy
Refunds must be requested in writing and received no later than January 30, 2015. Written cancellations received by that date will be refunded in full. Substitutions are welcome. No shows will be invoiced for all conference fees.


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Printer Friendly Schedule

Strategy, Budget and Resources Mismatch: Do We Pay More or Promise Less

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
TimeTitle
8:30AM - 9:30AMMorning Keynote
9:15AM - 5:00PMExhibits Open
9:30AM - 10:15AMDedicated Exhibit Time
10:15AM - 11:30AMWhat Are the Force Providers' Priorities?
10:30AM - 11:30AMTheater Sessions
11:30AM - 12:00PMDedicated Exhibit Time
12:00PM - 1:30PMLuncheon Keynote
1:30PM - 2:30PMDedicated Exhibit Time
2:30PM - 3:30PMTheater Sessions
2:30PM - 3:45PMMission First, People Always:  How Are We Making it Work?
3:45PM - 5:00PMDedicated Exhibit Time and Reception on Exhibit Hall Floor
5:00PM - 5:00PMExhibits Close
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
TimeTitle
8:30AM - 9:30AMMorning Keynote - How Are the Fleet Commanders Answering the Bell?
9:15AM - 4:30PMExhibits Open
9:30AM - 10:15AMDedicated Exhibit Time
10:15AM - 11:30AMHow Do We Provide the Operators with the Networks and Tools They Need to Win?
  • Moderator: LtGen Robert M. Shea, USMC (Ret.), President and CEO, AFCEA International and former Director, Command, Control, Communications and Computers/Cyber, Joint Staff, J6 (Confirmed)
    • Panelist: VADM Ted N. Branch, USN, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance, N2/N6, and Director of Naval Intelligence (Confirmed)
    • Panelist: RADM Marshall B. Lytle, USCG, Assistant Commandant, Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Information Technology and Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Cyber Command (Confirmed)
    • Panelist: BGen Kevin J. Nally, USMC, Director, Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Chief Information Officer, U.S. Marine Corps (Confirmed)
10:30AM - 11:30AMTheater Sessions
11:30AM - 12:00PMDedicated Exhibit Time
12:00PM - 1:30PMLuncheon Keynote
1:30PM - 2:30PMDedicated Exhibit Time
2:30PM - 3:30PMTheater Sessions
2:30PM - 3:45PMWhat Will the System Commands Deliver?
3:30PM - 4:30PMDedicated Exhibit Time and Reception on Exhibit Hall Floor
4:30PM - 4:25PMExhibits Close
Thursday, February 12, 2015
TimeTitle
8:30AM - 9:45AMIndustry Keynote - Technology Offsets:  How Can They Help the Operators?
  • Keynote: Hon. Gordon R. England, former Deputy Secretary of Defense and former Secretary of the Navy (Confirmed)
    • Panelist: Mr. Jerry DeMuro, President and Chief Executive Officer, BAE Systems, Inc. (Invited)
    • Panelist: Mr. Frederick J. Harris, President, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works and NASSCO (Invited)
    • Panelist: Mr. William J. Lynn III, Chief Executive Officer, Finmeccanica North America and DRS Technologies, Inc. (Invited)
9:30AM - 2:15PMExhibits Open
9:45AM - 10:15AMDedicated Exhibit Time
10:15AM - 11:30AMChina's Military Buildup:  How Do Key Alliances and the U.S. Respond?
10:30AM - 11:30AMTheater Sessions
11:30AM - 12:00PMDedicated Exhibit Time
12:00PM - 2:00PMLuncheon Town Hall - What Are the Sea Service Chiefs' Priorities?
2:15PM - 2:15PMExhibits Close

Hon. Gordon R. England
Hon. Gordon R. England

Keynote

former Deputy Secretary of Defense and former Secretary of the Navy

(Confirmed)

Gordon England was the 29th Deputy Secretary of Defense. He previously served as the 72nd and 73rd Secretary of the Navy and as the first Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

Prior to joining the administration of President George W. Bush, Mr. England served as President of the General Dynamics Fort Worth Aircraft Company (later Lockheed), President of the General Dynamics Land Systems Company and as corporate Executive Vice President of General Dynamics Information Systems and Technology Sector, Ground Combat Systems Sector and the International Sector. His business career spanned over 40 years as an engineer and senior executive.

A native of Baltimore, Mr. England graduated from the University of Maryland in 1961 with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. In 1975 he earned a master's degree in business administration from the M.J. Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University and is a member of business, engineering and leadership honor societies.

Mr. England has served in a variety of civic, charitable and government organizations, including serving as a city councilman; Vice Chair, national Board of Goodwill, International; the USO's Board of Governors; the Defense Science Board; the Board of Visitors at Texas Christian University; and many others.

He has been recognized for numerous professional and service contributions by multiple universities and organizations.

 

ADM Harry B. Harris Jr., USN
ADM Harry B. Harris Jr., USN

Keynote

nominated as next Commander, U.S. Pacific Command

(Confirmed)

Admiral Harris was born in Japan and reared in Tennessee and Florida. Following graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1978 and designation as a naval flight officer, he was assigned to VP-44. His subsequent operational tours include tactical action officer aboard USS Saratoga (CV-60); operations officer in VP-4 at Barbers Point, Hawaii; three tours with Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 1 at Kami Seya, Japan; Director of Operations for U.S. 5th Fleet at Manama, Bahrain; and Director of Operations for U.S. Southern Command.

Harris commanded VP-46, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 1, Joint Task Force-Guantanamo, the U.S. 6th Fleet, and Striking and Support Forces NATO.

Harris has served in every geographic combatant command region, and participated in the following major operations: S.S. Achille Lauro terrorist hijacking incident, Attain Document III (Libya, 1986), Earnest Will (Kuwaiti reflagged tanker ops, 1987-88), Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, Willing Spirit (Colombia hostage rescue, 2006-7), and Odyssey Dawn (Libya, 2011). For Odyssey Dawn, he served as the Joint Force Maritime Component Commander afloat.

Harris’ graduate education focused on East Asia security. He attended Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, and Oxford University. He was a MIT Seminar 21 fellow.

Harris’ staff assignments include aide to Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Japan; chief speechwriter for the Chairman of the JCS; and three tours on the Navy Staff, including as an action officer in the Strategic Concepts Branch, director for the current operations and anti-terrorism/force protection division, and Deputy CNO for Communication Networks (OPNAV N6).

In October 2011, he was assigned as the Assistant to the Chairman of the JCS where he served as the Chairman’s direct representative to the Secretary of State and as the U.S. roadmap monitor for the Mid-East Peace Process.

Harris was promoted to admiral and assumed command of the U.S. Pacific Fleet in October 2013.

Harris has logged 4,400 flight hours, including more than 400 combat hours, in maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft. His personal decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal (two awards), Defense Superior Service Medal (three awards), Legion of Merit (three awards), the Bronze Star (two awards), the Air Medal (one strike/flight), and the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award. He is a recipient of the Navy League’s Stephen Decatur, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and APAICS Lifetime Achievement awards.

Secretary Robert Work
Secretary Robert Work

Keynote

Deputy Secretary of Defense

(Confirmed)

The Honorable Robert O. Work was confirmed as the 32nd Deputy Secretary of Defense on April 30, 2014.

Mr. Work most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). From 2009 to 2013, Mr. Work served as the Undersecretary of the Navy. In this capacity, he was the Deputy and Principal Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy and acted with full authority of the Secretary in the day-to-day management of the Department of the Navy.

SgtMaj Micheal P. Barrett, USMC

Panelist

Sergeant Major, U.S. Marine Corps

(Invited)

LtGen David H. Berger, USMC

Panelist

Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force

(Invited)

VADM Ted N. Branch, USN
VADM Ted N. Branch, USN

Panelist

Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance, N2/N6, and Director of Naval Intelligence

(Confirmed)

Vice Admiral Branch, a native of Long Beach, Miss., graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1979 and earned a master’s degree in International Relations from the Naval War College in Newport, R.I.

A naval aviator, his operational assignments include Light Attack Squadrons 15 and 37, USS Forrestal (CV 59), and Strike Fighter Squadron 37. He served as executive and commanding officer of Strike Fighter Squadron 15, executive officer in USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), commanding officer in USS Coronado (AGF 11) and USS Nimitz (CVN 68), and commander of Carrier Strike Group One/Carl Vinson Strike Group. During those tours, Branch deployed with both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets and has logged combat time in A7s and F18s over Grenada, Lebanon, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Iraq. He participated in Operations Urgent Fury, Earnest Will, Southern Watch, Deliberate Force, Iraqi Freedom, and led the initial Navy efforts for Haiti earthquake relief in Operation Unified Response.

Ashore, Branch has served as an instructor in the A7 and F18 Fleet Replacement Squadrons, the Joint Staff in Washington, completed Navy Nuclear Power Training, served as executive assistant to the Commander U.S. Pacific Fleet, Director of Operations and Plans (N31) on the Chief of Naval Operations staff in Washington, and Commander of  Naval Air Force Atlantic.  He was appointed to the rank of Vice Admiral in July 2013 as he assumed office as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance, and the 65th Director of Naval Intelligence.

Branch's decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Strike Flight Air Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat “V”, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit and campaign awards.

VADM David H. Buss, USN

Panelist

Commander, Naval Air Forces, and Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet

(Invited)

RADM Mark E. Butt, USCG

Panelist

Assistant Commandant for Capability

(Invited)

MCPOCG Steven W. Cantrell, USCG
MCPOCG Steven W. Cantrell, USCG

Panelist

Master Chief Petty Officer, U.S. Coast Guard

(Confirmed)

Master Chief Steven W. Cantrell assumed the duties of the 12th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard on May 22, 2014. As the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Commandant, Master Chief Cantrell advises him on enlist workforce policies, advocates for military benefits and entitlements, is the senior enlisted mentor, and acts as the sounding board for select enlisted administrative actions. Master Chief Cantrell also devotes time traveling through the Coast Guard, observing training and communicating with Coast Guardsmen and their families.

At the time of his selection as the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, Master Chief Cantrell was the Atlantic Area Command Master Chief in Portsmouth, VA. Previous assignments include Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard. Master Chief Cantrell’s other shore assignments include: Command Master Chief of the Eighth Coast Guard District, New Orleans, LA; Officer in Charge, Station Panama City Beach, FL; Command Master Chief of the First Coast Guard District, Boston, MA; Officer in Charge, Station Wrightsville Beach, NC; Officer in Charge, Station Alexandria Bay, NY; Officer in Charge, Station Harbor Beach, MI; and Operations Petty Officer, Station Barnegat Light, NJ. Master Chief Cantrell’s afloat assignments include: Officer in Charge, Coast Guard Cutters RIDLEY and POINT WELLS, Montauk, NY; Executive Petty Officer, Coast Guard Cutter POINT CAMDEN, Santa Barbara, CA; Coast Guard Cutter CONFIDENCE, Port Canaveral, FL; Coast Guard Cutter PATOKA, Greenville, MS; and Coast Guard Cutter RAMBLER, Charleston, SC.

Master Chief Cantrell's awards include the Legion of Merit, two Meritorious Service Medals, one Coast Guard Commendation Medal with an operational distinguishing device, seven Coast Guard Achievement Medals with an operational distinguishing device, and numerous other personal and service awards. He has earned a permanent Cutterman insignia, Coxswain insignia, Boat Forces Operations insignia, Command Afloat and Ashore devices, and a Command Master Chief (Gold Badge) insignia.

Master Chief Cantrell assumed the duties of the 12th Silver Ancient Mariner on May 5, 2014.

Master Chief Cantrell holds both a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master of Science Degree in Business Administration. He is also a graduate of Class 45 of the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Academy, the National Defense University’s Keystone Command Senior Enlisted Course, and numerous other service-related schools.

VADM Michael J. Connor, USN
VADM Michael J. Connor, USN

Panelist

Commander, Naval Submarine Forces, Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet and Commander, Allied Submarine Command

(Confirmed)

A native of Weymouth, Mass., Vice Adm. Connor graduated from Bowdoin College in 1980. He is a Mahan Scholar and distinguished graduate of the Naval War College with a Master of Arts in National Security Affairs and Strategic Studies.

Following completion of his initial nuclear power and submarine training, he served in USS Ulysses S. Grant (SSBN 631), USS Pittsburgh (SSN 720), USS Providence (SSN 719), and USS Augusta (SSN 710).

Connor commanded USS Seawolf (SSN 21) from 1997 to 2000. He served as commander, Submarine Squadron Eight from March 2003 through July 2004. From June 2008 until April 2010, he served as commander, Submarine Group Seven, Task Force 54/74 Yokosuka, Japan.

Connor’s shore assignments include service at the Navy Operational Intelligence Center; flag secretary for the Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; prospective commanding officer instructor for U.S. Atlantic Fleet. He has served on the Joint Staff, on the staff of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy; and, as director, Submarine Warfare Division (N87); director, Naval Warfare Integration Group (N00X); and, assistant deputy chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Systems (N9B) on the OPNAV staff. He assumed his current duties as commander, Submarine Forces in September 2012.

His personal awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (four awards), Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards).

VADM Peter H. Daly, USN (Ret.)
VADM Peter H. Daly, USN (Ret.)

Moderator

CEO, U.S. Naval Institute

(Confirmed)

Peter Daly is the Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Naval Institute, one of the most respected professional associations and thought leaders in the country.  Comprising almost 50,000 members, the Institute has served for 140 years as an independent forum that fosters increased understanding of the sea services and their enduring contributions to the Nation. The Naval Institute supports and advances the naval profession and the development of those who serve.

Prior to accepting the CEO post in 2011, Vice Admiral Daly served as Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff, U.S. Fleet Forces Command. His Navy career, spanning more than 30 years, includes command of the destroyer USS Russell (DDG 59), Destroyer Squadron 31, and Carrier Strike Group 11 – Nimitz Strike Group.  During each of these commands, he deployed to the 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility – participating in Operation Desert Strike in 1996 in Russell and as Sea Combat Commander for the Lincoln Battle Group in the Gulf immediately after the attack on USS Cole in 2000.  As Nimitz Strike Group Commander in 2005, he led Task Forces 50, 152 and 58 in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom and maritime intercept operations in the Arabian Gulf.

Shore assignments include executive assistant and program analyst, J-8, Joint Staff; executive assistant to the Commander, Pacific Fleet; and executive assistant to the Commander, U.S. Pacific Command. As a flag officer, he served as Deputy for Resources and Acquisition (J-8) Joint Staff; Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy; and as Deputy N3/N5 (Operations, Plans and Strategy) in the Navy Staff. 

Vice Admiral Daly is a Life Member of the Naval Institute and former member of the Institute’s Editorial Board.

He is a native of Chicago, a graduate of the College of Holy Cross (A.B. Economics), receiving a regular commission through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program. He holds a Master’s degree in Operations Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California.

 

 

VADM Philip S. Davidson, USN

Keynote

nominated as next Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command

(Invited)

Mr. Jerry DeMuro

Panelist

President and Chief Executive Officer, BAE Systems, Inc.

(Invited)

VADM David A. Dunaway, USN
VADM David A. Dunaway, USN

Panelist

Commander, Naval Air Systems Command

(Confirmed)

Vice Admiral Dunaway was born in El Paso, Texas. After receiving his wings in April 1984, he served as a graduate flight instructor then went on to complete flight training in the F/A-18 Hornet. From 1986 to 1989 he flew with the “Vigilantes”of Strike Fighter Squadron 151 aboard the carrier USS Midway (CV 41) homeported in Yokosuka, Japan, and was then selected for Class 96 at the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School in Patuxent River, Md.

Dunaway’s test assignments include: A-12 operational test director with Air and Test Evaluation Squadron (VX) 5; F/A-18 branch head; deputy for Test and Evaluation at the F/A-18 Weapon System Support Activity; and F/A-18E/F operational test director with VX-9, where he flew more than 200 developmental test missions and was the test pilot of the year.

His program management assignments include: F/A-18 Radar Integrated Product Team lead for Program Manager Air (PMA) 265, responsible for the development of the APG-79 Active Electronically Scanned Array radar; program manager for the Precision Strike Weapons program office (PMA-201); and deputy program executive officer for Air Anti-Submarine Warfare, Assault, and Special Mission Programs.

From September 2007 to January 2009, Dunaway served as the commander of the Naval Air Warfare Center (Weapons Division) at China Lake and Point Mugu, Calif., and as U.S. Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) assistant commander for Test and Evaluation. His next flag assignment was as commander, Operational Test and Evaluation Force in Norfolk, Va., where he served from January 2009 to August 2012. In September 2012, he assumed command of the Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, Md.

Dunaway is a class of 1982 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, a Master of Science in Aviation Systems Management from the University of Tennessee, and a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School. His personal decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. He has accrued more than 2,900 flight hours and 290 arrested carrier landings.

Gen Joseph F. Dunford Jr., USMC

Panelist

confirmed as next Commandant of the Marine Corps

(Invited)

David M. Finkelstein, Ph.D.
David M. Finkelstein, Ph.D.

Moderator

Vice President and Director China Studies, Center for Naval Analyses

(Confirmed)

David M. Finkelstein, Ph.D. is vice president and director of CNA China Studies Division. A long-time student of Chinese and Asian affairs, he is widely published. His 1993 historical monograph, From Abandonment to Salvation: Washington’s Taiwan Dilemma, 1949-50 (GMU Press), was hailed in Presidential Studies Quarterly as “blazing a new trail” and as certain to “take an important place in the literature of U.S.-China relations in the mid-20th Century.” He is also co-editor of China’s Leadership in the 21st Century: The Rise of the Fourth Generation (M.E. Sharpe, 2002); Chinese Warfighting: The PLA Experience Since 1949 (M.E. Sharpe, 2003); China’s Revolution in Doctrinal Affairs: Recent Trends in the Operational Art of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (CNA, 2005); and Civil-Military Relations in Today’s China: Swimming in a New Sea (M.E. Sharpe, 2006).

A retired U.S. Army officer, Finkelstein held command and staff positions at the platoon, company, battalion, and major Army command levels. He also held significant China-related positions at the Pentagon as an advisor to the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He also served on the faculty at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he taught Chinese history.

Finkelstein holds a Ph.D. in Chinese history from Princeton University, and he is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College, and the Army War College. He has also studied Mandarin Chinese in Tianjin, China at Nankai University.

VADM Kenneth E. Floyd, USN

Panelist

Commander, THIRD Fleet

(Invited)

ADM Jonathan W. Greenert, USN

Panelist

Chief of Naval Operations

(Invited)

Mr. Frederick J. Harris

Panelist

President, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works and NASSCO

(Invited)

VADM William H. Hilarides, USN
VADM William H. Hilarides, USN

Panelist

Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command

(Confirmed)

Vice Admiral Hilarides became the 43rd Commander of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), June 7, 2013. As NAVSEA commander, he oversees a global workforce of more than 56,000 military and civilian personnel responsible for the development, delivery and maintenance of the Navy’s ships, submarines, and systems.

Raised in Chicago, Hilarides graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics. After graduation, he served as master of the Naval Academy Sailing Squadron sloop Avenger, competing in numerous offshore racing events.

Prior to command, he served at sea aboard USS Pargo (SSN 650), USS Gurnard (SSN 662) and USS Maryland (SSBN 738), deploying to the North Atlantic, Mediterranean, Arctic and Western Pacific, as well as conducting several strategic deterrent patrols. Ashore, he served on the staff of Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; Bureau of Naval Personnel; Joint Staff; and the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations.

Hilarides commanded USS Key West (SSN 722) from May 1998 to November 2000 in Pearl Harbor. In command, he deployed to the Western Pacific and conducted a major shipyard maintenance period.

Since becoming an acquisition professional in 2002, he has served as director, Advanced Submarine Research and Development, program manager of the SSGN Program and program executive officer for submarines, where he was responsible for all new construction submarine programs, along with the acquisition and life cycle maintenance of submarine weapons, countermeasures, sonar, combat control and imaging systems.

He holds a master’s degree in Engineering Management from the Catholic University of America, completed the Air Force Command and Staff College, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI Program in International Security Affairs, and numerous acquisition schools.

Hilarides has received various personal and campaign awards, including the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Meritorious Unit Commendation.

VADM Richard Hunt, USN (Ret.)
VADM Richard Hunt, USN (Ret.)

Moderator

Vice President, Navy and U.S. Marine Corps Programs, Raytheon

(Confirmed)

Vice Admiral Hunt (Ret) is a former Navy Surface Warfare Officer with over 37 years of service. He Is a University of Wisconsin – Madison graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Bacteriology. He also has a Master of Science from Naval Postgraduate School in Telecommunications Systems Management.

He has served in a number of surface ships, including command of USS Crommelin (FFG 37) and USS Philippine Sea (CG 58). His major staff command assignments include Carrier Strike Group SIX, THIRD Fleet, and Naval Surface Forces. Additionally, he was the first Navy commander of Combined Joint Task Force, Horn of Africa, headquartered in Djibouti.

He has had multiple Pentagon tours on both Joint and Navy staffs. Flag assignments include Deputy Director, Strategy and Policy (J5); Director, Programming Division (N80); and most recently Director, Navy Staff.

VADM Hunt recently joined Raytheon as Vice President of Navy and U.S. Marine Corps Programs.

RADM David H. Lewis, USN
RADM David H. Lewis, USN

Panelist

Commander, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command

(Confirmed)

Rear Admiral Lewis was born at Misawa Air Force Base, Japan, and commissioned in 1979 through the Navy ROTC Program at the University of Nebraska. As the SPAWAR commander, he leads a global workforce of 9,700 civilian and military personnel who design, develop and deploy advanced communications and information capabilities.

At sea, Lewis has served aboard USS Spruance (DD 963) as communications officer, where he earned his Surface Warfare qualification; USS Biddle (CG 34) as fire control officer and missile battery officer; and USS Ticonderoga (CG 47) as combat systems officer. His major command assignment was Aegis Shipbuilding Program Manager in Program Executive Office Ships, where he led the delivery of seven DDG 51 class ships and procured another 10 ships.

Lewis’ shore assignments include assistant chief of staff for Maintenance and Engineering, commander, Naval Surface Forces; the Navy Secretariat staff; Naval Sea Systems Command staff; Aegis Shipbuilding Program Office; supervisor of Shipbuilding, Bath; and Readiness Support Group, San Diego.

Upon selection to flag rank in 2009, Lewis served as vice commander, Naval Sea Systems Command, and then served four years as program executive officer, ships, where he directed the delivery of 18 ships and procurement of another 51 ships.

Lewis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Nebraska and a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the Naval Postgraduate School. Lewis’ personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various service and unit awards.

Mr. William J. Lynn III

Panelist

Chief Executive Officer, Finmeccanica North America and DRS Technologies, Inc.

(Invited)

RADM Marshall B. Lytle, USCG
RADM Marshall B. Lytle, USCG

Panelist

Assistant Commandant, Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Information Technology and Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Cyber Command

(Confirmed)

Rear Admiral Lytle assumed the duties as the Assistant Commandant for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Information Technology (C4IT) and Commander, Coast Guard Cyber Command in May 2014. He is responsible for management and oversight for all Coast Guard C4IT operational, business, and infrastructure assets.

Rear Admiral Lytle is a 1981 graduate of the U. S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT. Upon graduation with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management, he was assigned to duty on board the USCGC BOUTWELL in Seattle, WA as the Anti-submarine and Weapons Officer. In 1983 he moved to Miami, FL and served tours in the District Seven Command Center and in what is now the District Seven Maritime Intelligence Center.

In 1989, Rear Admiral Lytle was selected for the Post Graduate Training Program and attended the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL. He graduated in 1991 with a Master of Science degree in Computer Information Systems and a Master's Certificate in Telecommunications. Rear Admiral Lytle's next tour took him out of Miami to the Coast Guard Research and Development Center in Groton, CT. In 1995, Rear Admiral Lytle returned to Miami to serve as the Operations Officer for Coast Guard Group Miami until 1997 and then as the Commanding Officer of Electronic Systems Support Unit Miami. From 2000 to 2003he served as a Division Chief in the Information Systems Directorate at the Telecommunications and Information Systems Command (TISCOM). From 2003 to 2005 he completed duty at CG Headquarters as the Chief, Office of Command and Control Capability. He returned to TISCOM in 2005 to serve as the Commanding Officer. From 2008 to 2011, Rear Admiral Lytle held the position of Deputy Assistant Commandant for C4IT (CG-6d), with over a year of that period also serving as the Acting Assistant Commandant for C4IT and the Coast Guard Chief Information Officer. From 2011to 2014, he served as the Director, Command, Control, Communications and Computer (C4) Systems and Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the U. S. Cyber Command. In this dual position, he was responsible for the delivery of C4 systems that drove the effective execution of all cyber missions and the coordination and implementation of C4 and Cyber Policy, Plans, Architecture, Capital planning/investment, Information Assurance, Network and Web Services and systems/networks requirements.

Rear Admiral Lytle's decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, two Legion of Merit medals, two Meritorious Service Medals, two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, three Coast Guard Achievement Medals, Commandant's Letter of Commendation, various Coast Guard and Navy Unit Commendations and Coast Guard Expert Medals for both Rifle and Pistol.

 

BGen Kevin J. Nally, USMC
BGen Kevin J. Nally, USMC

Panelist

Director, Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Chief Information Officer, U.S. Marine Corps

(Confirmed)

Brigadier General Kevin Nally is currently serving as the Director, C4/CIO for the Marine Corps.

BGen Kevin Nally was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps in May 1981, after graduating from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy and Natural Resources.

After completing The Basic School and Communications Officer Course, he was assigned to the 1st Marine Amphibious Brigade where he served as a Communications Platoon Commander for the Marine Service Support Group-37 and later as a Communications Platoon Commander for the Brigade Service Support Group. During this tour, BGen Nally attended SCUBA School, Pearl Harbor where he served in an additional duty capacity as a search and rescue diver.

In 1985, he was reassigned to Marine Corps Recruiting Station, Los Angeles, California where he served as an Officer Selection Officer.

In 1988, BGen Nally attended Command, Control, Systems Course in Quantico, Virginia. After graduating in 1989, BGen Nally was assigned to the 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division where he served as the Communications Platoon Commander during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Following this, he was assigned to Communications Company, Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division as the Executive Officer.

In 1992, BGen Nally was assigned as the Operations Officer, Recruit Training Regiment, Marine Corps Recruit Depot/Eastern Recruiting Region, Parris Island. In 1995, BGen Nally was transferred to the 3rd Marine Division where he served as the S-6, then the S-3, and finally as the Executive Officer for the 4th Marine Regiment. In 1996, he served as the Commanding Officer, Communications Company, Headquarters Battalion, 3rd Marine Division.

In 1998, BGen Nally was assigned as the Deputy Director, J6, United States Forces, Japan and completed a Masters in Information Systems Management.

From 2000 to 2002, BGen Nally was the Commanding Officer of Support Battalion, MCRD/ERR, Parris Island. From May of 2002 to July 2003, BGen Nally was the Director, Marine Corps Martial Arts Program.

BGen Nally is a 2004 graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces with a concentration in Information Strategy. Following this assignment, he served from 2004 until 2006 as the Deputy Director for C4, United States Central Command where he deployed twice in support of OIF/OEF. In 2006, BGen Nally was transferred to Camp LeJeune, NC, where he served as the II MEF AC/S G-6 and subsequently as the II MEF Chief of Staff. From 2007 until 2009, he served as the Commanding Officer, Marine Corps Communications-Electronics School in 29 Palms, CA. He served as the AC/S, G-6, MCAGCC/MAGTF-TC from 2009 until 2010.

His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with three gold stars, the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon.

VADM Thomas S. Rowden, USN

Panelist

Commander, Naval Surface Forces, and Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet

(Invited)

LtGen Robert M. Shea, USMC (Ret.)
LtGen Robert M. Shea, USMC (Ret.)

Moderator

President and CEO, AFCEA International and former Director, Command, Control, Communications and Computers/Cyber, Joint Staff, J6

(Confirmed)

Lieutenant General (Ret.) Robert M. (Bob) Shea most recently served as the Executive Vice President, Strategic Solutions, for Smartronix, Inc. Hollywood, MD.

Prior to leaving active duty, Shea served as the Director, Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems (C4 Systems), The Joint Staff. He was the principal advisor to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff on all C4 systems matters within the DoD.

 His command positions included Deputy Commander, U.S. Forces Japan; Commander of the Marine Component, Joint Task Force Computer Network Defense; Director of the Marine Corps Command and Control Systems School; and Commanding Officer, 9th Communications Battalion, I Marine Expeditionary Force during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He also served as the Commanding Officer of two communications companies.

Among Lieutenant General Shea's previous staff assignments are Director for C4 for the Marine Corps; the Chief Information Officer of the Marine Corps; Director of Intelligence for the Marine Corps; the Director for Command, Control and Communications (J6) for the United States Pacific Command; and various other staff positions in the Marine Corps and Joint community.

Shea earned a M.A. from Central Michigan University. He also attended The Basic School, Advanced Communications Officers' Course, the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University.

Lieutenant General Shea is a Director on two corporate boards, an executive partner with a private equity corporation, and an advisor/consultant to several telecommunication and defense corporations. He also has served on study panels for the National Academies and the Defense Science Board.

Lieutenant General Shea's awards include: Defense Distinguished Service Medal, DoD Superior Service Medal with gold star in lieu of second award, Legion of Merit with gold star, DoD Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two gold stars. He is also a recipient of the North American IT Leadership Award from the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the AFCEA and a Federal 100 Award winner.

BGen Joseph Shrader, USMC

Panelist

Commander, Marine Corps Systems Command

(Invited)

MCPON (AW/NAC) Mike D. Stevens, USN
MCPON (AW/NAC) Mike D. Stevens, USN

Panelist

Master Chief Petty Officer, U.S. Navy

(Confirmed)

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike D. Stevens was born and raised in Montana. He graduated from Arlee High School in May 1983 and immediately entered the U.S. Navy attending basic training in San Diego in June 1983.

Stevens attended Aviation Structural Mechanic Apprentice School in Millington, Tenn., and his first duty assignment was with Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron Two in Rota, Spain.

In October 2002, he was advanced to Master Chief Petty Officer and assigned to Fleet Composite Squadron Eight in Roosevelt Roads, P. R., as the Maintenance Master Chief and Command Master Chief. In October 2003, Stevens reported to Naval Air Station Pensacola and shortly thereafter assumed the duties as the Command Master Chief. In August 2006, he became the Command Master Chief for Helicopter Mine Countermeasure Squadron 14 in Norfolk, Va. In September 2007, he was selected by Commander, Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Atlantic to serve as the Wing Command Master Chief for the largest Helicopter Wing in the U.S. Navy. In January 2009, Stevens was selected as the Command Master Chief for Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet. Following 2nd Fleet, he served as the 16th Fleet Master Chief for Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command from August 2010 to September 2012.

Stevens’ academic achievements include an Associate’s Degree in Administrative Management Studies; Senior Enlisted Professional Military Education; Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education; Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government "Leadership in Crisis"; and the National Defense University Keystone course. He is an honor graduate and the recipient of the prestigious Peter Tomich Award for exceptional military excellence from the Senior Enlisted Academy.

Stevens’ personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (six awards), the Coast Guard Achievement Medal with operational "O", Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist Insignia, and Enlisted Naval Aircrew Wings.

Stevens became the 13th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy on Sept. 28, 2012.

ADM Paul F. Zukunft, USCG
ADM Paul F. Zukunft, USCG

Panelist

Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard

(Confirmed)

May 30, 2014. He leads America’s oldest continuous seagoing service and the largest component of the Department of Homeland Security, comprised of 41,700 active duty, 7,800 reserve, 8,300 civilian and 31,000 volunteer Auxiliarists.

Prior to this, Admiral Zukunft served as Commander, Coast Guard Pacific Area, where he was operational commander for all U.S. Coast Guard missions in an area encompassing more than 74 million square miles and provided mission support to the Department of Defense and Combatant Commanders. Other Flag assignments include Commander of the Eleventh Coast Guard District and Director, Joint Interagency Task Force West, where he served as executive agent to United States Pacific Command for combating Transnational Criminal Organizations in the Asia-Pacific Region.

In 2010, Admiral Zukunft served as the Federal On-Scene Coordinator for the Deepwater orizon Spill of National Significance where he directed more than 47,000 responders, 6,500 vessels and 120 aircraft during the largest oil spill in U.S. history. His senior staff assignments included Chief of Operations, Coast Guard Pacific Area and Chief of Operations Oversight, Coast Guard Atlantic Area where he directly supervised all major cutter operations in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. He also served as Chief of Staff, at the Fourteenth Coast Guard District in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Admiral Zukunft has commanded six units and served extensively in the cutter fleet where he commanded the cutters CAPE UPRIGHT, HARRIET LANE, and RUSH.

A native of North Branford, Connecticut, Admiral Zukunft graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Government; from Webster University in 1988 with a Master of Arts degree in Management; and from the U.S. Naval War College in 1997 with a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. He is a graduate of the Asia Pacific Center for Strategic Studies Executive Seminar and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government National Preparedness Leadership Initiative course.

His personal awards include both the Department of Homeland Security and Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medals, Defense Superior Service Medal, three Legions of Merit and five Meritorious Service Medals with "O" device among others.

Reach and Sell to the Expanding Pacific Region

With defense budgets shifting to the Pacific, you can’t afford to miss WEST 2015!

2015 Theme: Lower Budgets and Higher Demands: How Do the Sea Services Strike the Right Balance?

The Western Conference and Exposition (WEST 2015) is the premier Sea Services event focused on operations in the Asia-Pacific region - showcasing emerging systems, platforms,  technologies and networks that will impact all areas of current and future Sea Service operations.

Senior operational leaders will address the theme “Lower Budgets and Higher Demands: How Do the Sea Services Strike the Right Balance?” Now in its 25th year, WEST 2015 is co-sponsored by AFCEA International and the U.S. Naval Institute, both non-profit, non-lobbying membership associations. Registration is free for military and government.

  • WEST attracts high-level military operational participation:
    • Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
    • Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet
    • Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command
    • Chief of Naval Operations
    • Commandant, U.S. Marine Corps
    • Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard
  • WEST offers the opportunity to hear from top Pacific leadership, and discuss solutions with key influencers.
  • WEST provides the opportunity to engage with leadership at all levels of DoD and Government and discuss emerging technologies and equipment that will impact all areas of future Sea Service operations.
  • More than 150,000 military and civilian government personnel are within 35 miles of San Diego. (source: San Diego Economic Development Corporation)
  • WEST continues to attract a large training audience; much of the content will provide Continuing Education (CEs).

WEST delivers a broad opportunity for industry to engage military exhibitors, attendees and speakers. This unique opportunity enables industry to understand military innovations, while discovering current capability needs.

Grow your sales pipeline in the growing Pacific defense market!

To become an exhibitor or sponsor, contact:

If you would like more information on sponsorship opportunities please Click Here or contact the exhibit sales managers below.


Paul doCarmo (Companies A-L)
Exhibit Sales Account Manager 
paul.docarmo@jspargo.com 
703-631-6200 x3872

Connie Shaw (Companies M-Z) 
Exhibit Sales Account Manager
connie.shaw@jspargo.com
703-631-6200 x3905

 

Reach and Sell to the Expanding Pacific Region

With defense budgets shifting to the Pacific, you can’t afford to miss WEST 2015!

2015 Theme: Lower Budgets and Higher Demands: How Do the Sea Services Strike the Right Balance?

The Western Conference and Exposition (WEST 2015) is the premier Sea Services event focused on operations in the Asia-Pacific region - showcasing emerging systems, platforms,  technologies and networks that will impact all areas of current and future Sea Service operations.

Senior operational leaders will address the theme “Lower Budgets and Higher Demands: How Do the Sea Services Strike the Right Balance?” Now in its 25th year, WEST 2015 is co-sponsored by AFCEA International and the U.S. Naval Institute, both non-profit, non-lobbying membership associations. Registration is free for military and government.

  • WEST attracts high-level military operational participation:
    • Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
    • Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet
    • Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command
    • Chief of Naval Operations
    • Commandant, U.S. Marine Corps
    • Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard
  • WEST offers the opportunity to hear from top Pacific leadership, and discuss solutions with key influencers.
  • WEST provides the opportunity to engage with leadership at all levels of DoD and Government and discuss emerging technologies and equipment that will impact all areas of future Sea Service operations.
  • More than 150,000 military and civilian government personnel are within 35 miles of San Diego. (source: San Diego Economic Development Corporation)
  • WEST continues to attract a large training audience; much of the content will provide Continuing Education (CEs).

WEST delivers a broad opportunity for industry to engage military exhibitors, attendees and speakers. This unique opportunity enables industry to understand military innovations, while discovering current capability needs.

Grow your sales pipeline in the growing Pacific defense market!

To become an exhibitor or sponsor, contact:

If you would like more information on sponsorship opportunities please Click Here or contact the exhibit sales managers below.


Paul doCarmo (Companies A-L)
Exhibit Sales Account Manager 
paul.docarmo@jspargo.com 
703-631-6200 x3872

Connie Shaw (Companies M-Z) 
Exhibit Sales Account Manager
connie.shaw@jspargo.com
703-631-6200 x3905

 


 
 

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