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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

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111 W Harbor Drive

San Diego, CA 92101

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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: Ms. Barbara Hoffman, Acting Chief Information Officer, Department of the Navy (Invited)
    • 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

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.

Hon. Gordon R. England

Keynote

former Deputy Secretary of Defense and former Secretary of the Navy

(Confirmed)

ADM Harry B. Harris Jr., USN

Keynote

Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet

(Confirmed)

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.

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).

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.

SgtMaj Micheal P. Barrett, USMC

Panelist

Sergeant Major, U.S. Marine Corps

(Invited)

SgtMaj Bryan Battaglia, USMC

Moderator

Senior Enlisted Advisor to Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff

(Invited)

LtGen David H. Berger, USMC

Panelist

Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force

(Invited)

VADM Ted N. Branch, USN

Panelist

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

(Confirmed)

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

Panelist

Master Chief Petty Officer, U.S. Coast Guard

(Invited)

VADM Peter H. Daly, USN (Ret.)

Moderator

CEO, U.S. Naval Institute

(Confirmed)

Mr. Jerry DeMuro

Panelist

President and Chief Executive Officer, BAE Systems, Inc.

(Invited)

VADM David A. Dunaway, USN

Panelist

Commander, Naval Air Systems Command

(Confirmed)

Gen Joseph F. Dunford Jr., USMC

Panelist

confirmed as next Commandant of the Marine Corps

(Invited)

David M. Finkelstein, Ph.D.

Moderator

Vice President and Director China Studies, Center for Naval Analyses

(Confirmed)

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

Panelist

Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command

(Confirmed)

Ms. Barbara Hoffman

Panelist

Acting Chief Information Officer, Department of the Navy

(Invited)

RADM David H. Lewis, USN

Panelist

Commander, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command

(Confirmed)

Mr. William J. Lynn III

Panelist

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

(Invited)

RADM Marshall B. Lytle, USCG

Panelist

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

(Confirmed)

BGen Kevin J. Nally, USMC

Panelist

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

(Confirmed)

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.)

Moderator

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

(Confirmed)

BGen Joseph Shrader, USMC

Panelist

Commander, Marine Corps Systems Command

(Invited)

ADM Paul F. Zukunft, USCG

Panelist

Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard

(Confirmed)

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