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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.

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

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 - 11:30AMThe Network as a Key Warfighter Advantage: What More Must Be Done?
  • 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)
    • Panelist: MajGen Lawrence D. Nicholson, USMC, Commanding General, 1st Marine Division (Confirmed)
    • Panelist: Dr. John Zangardi, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Information Operations and Space, and Acting Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer (Confirmed)
10:30AM - 11:30AMTheater Sessions
11:30AM - 12:00PMDedicated Exhibit Time
12:00PM - 1:30PMLuncheon Keynote: Creative Disruption: How Do the Sea Services Exploit the Best Technologies?
  • Moderator: Hon. Gordon R. England, former Deputy Secretary of Defense and former Secretary of the Navy (Confirmed)
    • Panelist: Hon. Sean J. Stackley, Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition) (Invited)
    • Panelist: ADM James G. Stavridis, USN (Ret.), former Supreme Allied Commander, Europe Commander, U.S. European Command and Dean, The Fletcher School, Tufts University (Confirmed)
1:30PM - 2:30PMDedicated Exhibit Time
1:40PM - 2:40PMTheater Sessions
2:30PM - 3:45PMWhat Will the System Commands Deliver?
2:50PM - 3:50PMTheater Sessions
3:30PM - 4:30PMDedicated Exhibit Time and Reception on Exhibit Hall Floor
4:30PM - 4:30PMExhibits Close
Thursday, February 12, 2015
TimeTitle
8:30AM - 9:45AMMorning Keynote
  • Keynote: ADM Michael S. Rogers, USN, Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service/Commander, U.S. Cyber Command (Invited)
9:30AM - 2:15PMExhibits Open
9:45AM - 10:15AMDedicated Exhibit Time
10:15AM - 11:30AMChina's Military Buildup:  How Should 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 Leaders' Priorities?
2:15PM - 2:15PMExhibits Close

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

Moderator

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 William E. Gortney, USN
ADM William E. Gortney, USN

Keynote

Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Northern Command

(Confirmed)

Adm. Bill Gortney graduated from Elon College in North Carolina, earning a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science in 1977. He entered the Navy as an aviation officer candidate, received his commission in the United States Naval Reserve in 1977, and earned his wings of gold in 1978.

On three different occasions, Gortney commanded forces in the U.S. Central Command area of operations, providing support to Maritime Security Operations and combat operations for Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. These assignments included commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command / U.S. 5th Fleet / Combined Maritime Forces, Bahrain, 2008-2010; commander, Carrier Strike Group 10, on board USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), 2007-2008; and commander, Carrier Air Wing 7, on board USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67), 2002-2003.

Additional command tours included VFA-106, the East Coast FA-18 Fleet Replacement Squadron, NAS Cecil Field, Florida, 1996-1997; and VFA-15, 1994-1995, on board USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).

Gortney’s fleet assignments included VA-82, 1981-1984, on board USS Nimitz (CVN 68); VFA-87, 1988-1990, on board USS Theodore Roosevelt; executive officer, VFA-132, 1991-1992, on board USS Forrestal (CV 59); executive officer, VFA-15, 1992-1994, on board USS Theodore Roosevelt; and deputy commander, Carrier Air Wing 7, on board USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69).

Other overseas assignments included deputy for Current Operations, Joint Task Force Southwest Asia, Saudi Arabia, 1999; chief, Naval and Amphibious Liaison Element to the Combined Forces Air Component Commander, U.S. Central Command, for the opening months of OIF at Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia; and chief of staff, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command / U.S. 5th Fleet, NSA Bahrain, 2003-2004.

Shore assignments included VT-26, NAS Beeville, Texas, 1978-1980; VFA-125, NAS Lemoore, California, 1984-1988; Aide and flag lieutenant to the assistant chief of Naval Operations (Air Warfare), Washington D.C., 1990-1991; Joint Staff, J-33 Joint Operations Department CENTCOM Division, 1998-1999. A 1996 graduate of the Naval War College, he earned a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies. His first flag tour was as the deputy chief of staff for Global Force Management and Joint Operations, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Norfolk, Virginia, 2004-2006.  From 2010-12 he served as director, Joint Staff. His most recent assignment was as commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, 2012-2014.

Gortney has flown over 5,360 mishap-free flight hours and completed 1,265 carrier-arrested landings, primarily in the A-7E Corsair II and the FA-18 Hornet. He is authorized to wear the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Navy Distinguished Service Medal (two awards), Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (four awards), Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Air Medal (three awards: Gold Numeral One, two Strike/Flight), Defense Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Sea Service Ribbon (8 awards), and the Overseas Service Ribbon (2 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
SgtMaj Micheal P. Barrett, USMC

Panelist

Sergeant Major, U.S. Marine Corps

(Confirmed)

Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Micheal Barrett assumed his current post as the 17th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps on June 9, 2011.

 His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with combat “V” and gold star,  Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal with combat “V” and three gold stars, Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two gold stars,Combat Action Ribbon with gold star, and the Presidential Service Badge.

Barrett born in Niagara Falls, N.Y., and raised in Youngstown, N.Y. 

He enlisted in March 1981 and underwent recruit training at 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, Delta   Company, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. 

In November 1981, Private First Class Barrett completed Infantry Training School at Camp Lejeune, N.C. He was ordered to 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, Twentynine Palms, Calif., for duty. He served in a variety of billets from Grenadier to Platoon Sergeant.

Sergeant Barrett was transferred in August 1984 to Inspector-Instructor duty with 2nd Battalion, 25th  Marines, New Rochelle, N.Y. 

In September 1987, Sergeant Barrett was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines where he assumed the responsibilities as Platoon Sergeant of the Surveillance Target Acquisition Platoon. During the Gulf War he deployed forward with Task Force Papa Bear. 

In April 1992, Staff Sergeant Barrett received orders to Drill Instructor School, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, Calif. Upon completion of Drill Instructor School, he was assigned to Company F, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, as a Drill Instructor, Senior Drill Instructor, and Chief Drill Instructor. In January 1994, he was selected as the Battalion Drill Master of 2nd Recruit Training Battalion. 

In January 1995, Gunnery Sergeant Barrett was assigned to Scout Sniper Instructor School, Quantico, Va., as the Chief Instructor. 

In September of 1996, Gunnery Sergeant Barrett was transferred to Marine Security Company, Camp David, Presidential Retreat, for duties as the Company Gunnery Sergeant and liaison to the United States Secret Service.

Upon completion of his tour at Camp David, First Sergeant Barrett was transferred to 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, Twentynine Palms, Calif., where he assumed the duties as India Company First Sergeant from August 1998 until April 2000. He was then assigned to Headquarters and Service Company from April 2000 to March 2001. His tour culminated as the Senior Enlisted Leader of Weapons Company from March 2001 to June 2002. 

Sergeant Major Barrett was then assigned to Recruiting Station Cleveland, Ohio, from July 2002 until May 2005, as the Recruiting Station Sergeant Major. 

Sergeant Major Barrett was transferred to 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines in May 2005, where he completed two combat deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (04-06.2 and 06-08.1) in the Al Anbar Province, Iraq.

From October 2007 to May 2009, Sergeant Major Barrett was assigned as the sergeant major of Officer Candidates School, Quantico, Va.

Sergeant Major Barrett was selected as the 1st Marine Division Sergeant Major and took his post in June 2009. In December 2009, he assumed the duties as I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) Sergeant Major, and deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom (10.1/10.2) in March 2010. During this deployment, he also became the NATO Regional Command (Southwest) Command Sergeant Major for Nimruz and Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He turned over the 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) and Regional Command (Southwest) in March and April 2011.

RADM Bruce D. Baffer, USCG
RADM Bruce D. Baffer, USCG

Panelist

Assistant Commandant for Acquisition & Chief Acquisition Officer (CAO), U.S. Coast Guard

(Confirmed)

Rear Admiral Baffer currently serves as the U.S. Coast Guard’s Assistant Commandant for Acquisitions and Chief Acquisition Officer (CAO). As CAO, he directs efforts across all Coast Guard Acquisition programs, acquisition support, personnel, finance, contracting, and research and development activities to execute the service’s acquisition portfolio.

In his previous assignment as Program Executive Officer (PEO), he oversaw the execution of all Coast Guard acquisition programs and projects, which provide the modernization and recapitalization of surface, air, command and control, and logistics assets.

RADM Baffer has served in a variety of engineering, acquisition and operational tours, including Engineer Officer of Cutter THETIS, Executive Officer of Coast Guard Cutter JARVIS, Commanding Officer of Cutters THETIS and CHASE and as prospective Commanding Officer of the third National Security Cutter, STRATTON.

A native of Newport News, Va., RADM Baffer graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1984. He holds a Master of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois, a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Massachusetts at Boston, a Master of Science degree in the management of technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the Marine Corps War College. He is a licensed professional engineer and a certified level III acquisition professional.

LtGen David H. Berger, USMC
LtGen David H. Berger, USMC

Panelist

Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force

(Confirmed)

Lieutenant General Berger was commissioned as an infantry officer in 1981 following graduation from Tulane University. As a Lieutenant and Captain, he served as platoon commander in 1st Marine Division, and later as company commander and Battalion Operations Officer in 2d Reconnaissance Battalion during OPERATION DESERT STORM. He also served as Officer Selection Officer in Roanoke, Virginia.

As a field grade officer Lieutenant General Berger was an instructor at Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) in Yuma, Arizona; instructor at III MEF Special Operations Training Group; and served on the Joint Staff as a policy planner in the Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate, J-5.

Lieutenant General Berger commanded 3d Battalion, 8th Marines from 2002 to 2004, deploying the Battalion first to Okinawa, and later to Haiti in support of Operation Secure Tomorrow. As a Colonel, Lieutenant General Berger commanded Regimental Combat Team 8 in Fallujah, Iraq during OPERATION IRAQI FREEEDOM.

While serving as Assistant Division Commander of 2d Marine Division, he was appointed to the rank of Brigadier General. He then deployed to Kosovo, where he served for one year as Chief of Staff for KFOR Headquarters in Pristina. From 2009 to 2011 he served at Headquarters Marine Corps as the Director of Operations in Plans, Policies, and Operations. In 2012 he deployed to Afghanistan as the Commanding General of 1st Marine Division (forward) in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM.

Lieutenant General Berger served as Commanding General, MAGTFTC, and Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center from 2013 to 2014.

In addition to a B.S. in Engineering, he holds a Master of International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and a M.S. in Military Studies.

His formal military education includes the U.S. Army Infantry Officer Advanced Course, U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and U.S. Marine Corps School of Advanced Warfighting. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger School, Jumpmaster School, U.S. Navy Dive School, and U.S. Marine Corps Amphibious Reconnaissance School.

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.

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.

ADM Philip S. Davidson, USN

Keynote

Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command

(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
Gen Joseph F. Dunford Jr., USMC

Panelist

Commandant of the Marine Corps

(Confirmed)

General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. assumed the duties of Commandant of the Marine Corps on October 17, 2014. A native of Boston, Massachusetts, he graduated from St. Michael's College and was commissioned in 1977. He previously served as the Commander, International Security Assistance Force and United States Forces- Afghanistan from February 2013 to August 2014.

General Dunford has served as an infantry officer at all levels. He commanded 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines. During Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, he commanded the 5th Marine Regiment.

His Joint assignments include service as the Executive Assistant to the Vice Chairman, JCS, Chief, Global and Multilateral Affairs Division (J5), and Vice Director for Operations on the Joint Staff (J3).

He has also served as the Assistant Division Commander, 1st Marine Division, Marine Corps Director of Operations, and Marine Corps Deputy Commandant for Plans, Policies and Operations. He commanded I Marine Expeditionary Force and served as the Commander, Marine Forces U.S. Central Command. From 2010-2012, he served as the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps.

General Dunford is a graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger School, Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School, and the U.S. Army War College. He holds a M.A. in Government from Georgetown University and a M.A. in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

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
VADM Kenneth E. Floyd, USN

Panelist

Commander, THIRD Fleet

(Confirmed)

Vice Admiral Floyd hails from Lewisburg, W.Va., and was commissioned through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill NROTC program in May 1980. He was designated a naval flight officer in August 1981 and completed training in the F-14A at Fighter Squadron (VF) 101 in May 1982.

Floyd served in several F-14 Tomcat squadrons including tours with the Jolly Rogers of VF-84, the Grim Reapers of VF-101 as an instructor, and the Red Rippers of VF-11. He participated in Operation Desert Storm while serving as a department head with the Starfighters of VF-33. He served as the executive officer and subsequently the commanding officer of the VF-32 Swordsmen from November 1994 to September 1997.Subsequent sea tours include a tour as the executive officer of USS Constellation and deputy commander of Carrier Air Wing 7 where he participated in Operation Enduring Freedom. He commanded Carrier Air Wing 7 from February 2003 to July 2004.

Ashore Floyd served on the staff of the Naval Space Command in Dahlgren, Va. as aide to the commander and subsequently as flag lieutenant, commander Carrier Group 8. He also attended the Naval War College graduating with a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies and served as the chief staff officer on the Fighter Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet staff. He completed a tour on the staff of the United States military representative to the NATO Military Committee in Brussels, Belgium, served as the deputy operations officer on the staff of Joint Task Force Southwest Asia in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and served as chief of staff to commander, Naval Air Forces. He has served flag tours as director, Aviation and Aircraft Carrier Plans and Requirements (OPNAV N880) and deputy director, Air Warfare Division (OPNAV N88B) prior to assuming command of Strike Force Training Pacific in February 2009. He returned to the OPNAV staff in June 2010 as director, Air Warfare Division (OPNAV N88) followed by Warfare Integration (OPNAV N9I), and Deputy Assistant Chief of Naval Operations for warfare systems (N9B).  In June 2013, he assumed command of U.S. THIRD Fleet headquartered in San Diego.

His awards include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medals, Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal and various campaign, unit, and service medals.

MCPON James L. Herdt, USN (Ret.)
MCPON James L. Herdt, USN (Ret.)

Moderator

former Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, and CEO Herdt Consulting, Inc.

(Confirmed)

James “Jim” Herdt, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (Retired), is the CEO of Herdt Consulting, Inc. Jim transitioned from active duty in April 2002 with 35 years of active naval service. He served the last four years of his active service as the most senior enlisted member of the United States Navy. As such, his responsibilities included leading program and policy development for an enlisted force of over 400,000 personnel. Additionally, he served as a personal advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations, Secretary of the Navy, Secretary of Defense and U.S. Congress on all U.S. Navy personnel policies.

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.

ADM Michelle J. Howard, USN
ADM Michelle J. Howard, USN

Panelist

Vice Chief of Naval Operations

(Confirmed)

Admiral Howard is a 1978 graduate of Gateway High School in Aurora, Colorado. She graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1982 and from the Army’s Command and General Staff College in 1998, with a Masters in Military Arts and Sciences.

Howard’s initial sea tours were aboard USS Hunley (AS 31) and USS Lexington (AVT 16). While serving on board Lexington, she received the secretary of the Navy/Navy League Captain Winifred Collins award in May 1987. This award is given to one woman officer a year for outstanding leadership. She reported to USS Mount Hood (AE 29) as chief engineer in 1990 and served in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. She assumed duties as first lieutenant on board the USS Flint (AE 32) in July 1992. In January 1996, she became the executive officer of USS Tortuga (LSD 46) and deployed to the Adriatic in support of Operation Joint Endeavor, a peacekeeping effort in the former Republic of Yugoslavia. Sixty days after returning from the Mediterranean deployment, Tortuga departed on a West African training cruise, where the ship’s Sailors, with embarked Marines and U.S. Coast Guard detachment, operated with the naval services of seven African nations.

She took command of USS Rushmore (LSD 47) on March 12, 1999, becoming the first African American woman to command a ship in the U.S. Navy. Howard was the commander of Amphibious Squadron Seven from May 2004 to September 2005. Deploying with Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 5, operations included tsunami relief efforts in Indonesia and maritime security operations in the North Arabian Gulf. She commanded Expeditionary Strike Group Two from April 2009 to July 2010. In 2009, she deployed to CENTCOM theater, where she commanded Task Force 151, Multi-national Counter-piracy effort, and Task Force 51, Expeditionary Forces. In 2010, she was the Maritime Task Force commander for BALTOPS, under 6th Fleet.

Her shore assignments include: J-3, Global Operations, Readiness and executive assistant to the Joint Staff director of Operations; deputy director N3 on the OPNAV staff; deputy director, Expeditionary Warfare Division, OPNAV staff; senior military assistant to the secretary of the Navy; Chief of Staff to the director for Strategic Plans and Policy, J-5, Joint Staff, deputy commander, US Fleet Forces Command, and Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans & Strategy (N3/N5).  She currently serves as the 38th Vice Chief of Naval Operations.

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.

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.

MajGen Lawrence D. Nicholson, USMC
MajGen Lawrence D. Nicholson, USMC

Panelist

Commanding General, 1st Marine Division

(Confirmed)

Major General Nicholson was born in Toronto, Canada, and is a 1979 graduate of The Citadel in Charleston, SC. He holds a Master's of Science Degree from the US Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. 

From 1980-1982, Major General Nicholson served as a Platoon and Company Commander in 3rd Bn, 1st Marines at Camp Pendleton, California. From 1982-1985 he was assigned to Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, where he served as a Series and Company Commander. 

Following Amphibious Warfare School at Quantico, Virginia in 1986, Major General Nicholson served as a Platoon Commander at Officers Candidate School until joining 3/7 in the fall of 1986. He then served as a Rifle Company Commander for Lima 3/7 and subsequently Delta 1/9 until May of 1990. 

From June 1990 to July 1993 Major General Nicholson served as a Company Officer and Instructor at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Following completion of The US Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, in 1994, he was assigned to the Middle East as a United Nations Observer for UNTSO Palestine. In 1995, he reported to Camp Lejeune, NC. as the Executive Officer of the Wolfpack of 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion. 

In 1997, Major General Nicholson assumed the duties as the 2nd Marine Division G-3 Operations Officer until taking Command of the WARLORDS of 2nd Bn, 2nd Marines in 1999. Following a deployment to the Balkans AO with 26 MEU, he was re-assigned in 2001 as the Executive Officer of the 2nd Marine Regiment. 

Upon graduation of the NATO Defense College in Rome, Italy in 2002, he was assigned to NATO HQ in Brussels, Belgium where he served as the Ground Forces Planner for the US Military Delegation to NATO. 

In July 2004, Major General Nicholson reported to the 1st Marine Division HQ at Camp Blue Diamond, Ramadi, Iraq, where he served as the Division G-3. In July of 2005, he assumed command of the 5th Marine Regiment and deployed with them to Fallujah, Iraq from January 2006 to February 2007.

Major General Nicholson served as the Deputy Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command at Quantico from November 2007 until August 2008. From January of 2009 through June 2010. he served as the Commanding General of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Task Force Leatherneck, deploying with them for a year to southern Afghanistan. Upon return from this combat tour he was assigned as the Senior Military Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense in Washington, D.C., from July 2010 to February 2012. In February of 2012, Major General Lawrence D. Nicholson returned to Afghanistan for a year serving as the Operations Officer for the ISAF Joint Command in Kabul, Afghanistan. 

Major General Nicholson assumed command of 1st Marine Division in June 2013.

ADM Michael S. Rogers, USN

Keynote

Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service/Commander, U.S. Cyber Command

(Invited)

VADM Thomas S. Rowden, USN
VADM Thomas S. Rowden, USN

Panelist

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

(Confirmed)

A native of Washington, D.C. and a 1982 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Vice Admiral Rowden has served in a diverse range of sea and shore assignments.

Rowden’s sea duty assignments include duty in cruisers, destroyers and aircraft carriers in both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets. During these tours, he deployed to the Arabian Gulf, Western Pacific, Sea of Japan, South China Sea, East China Sea, Philippine Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Indian Ocean, Black Sea and Gulf of Guinea/West Africa areas of operation. He commanded USS Milius (DDG 69), served as reactor officer on USS George Washington (CVN 73); commander, Destroyer Squadron 60; commander, Carrier Strike Group 7; commander, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Strike Group; commander Carrier Strike Group 11, and commander, USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Strike Group.

Ashore, he has served on the Joint Staff as an action officer in the Defense and Space Operations Division (J38); on the chief of naval operations staff as the theater missile and air defense branch head for the director, Navy Missile Defense (N71), and as the executive assistant to the Director of Surface Warfare (N76). He completed a tour as Surface Warfare Officer (nuclear) assignment officer at the Bureau of Naval Personnel Command, and served as commanding officer of Surface Warfare Officers School Command, Newport, Rhode Island, where he oversaw the training of every officer en route to duty on ships at sea.

His first flag assignment was commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea. His most recent assignment was on the Chief of Naval Operations Staff as director, Surface Warfare Division. Rowden earned his Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College.

His current assignment is Commander Naval Surface Forces/Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Rowden’s decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and other personal, unit and campaign awards.

RADM Troy M. Shoemaker, USN

Panelist

confirmed as next Commander, Naval Air Forces, and Naval Air 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
BGen Joseph Shrader, USMC

Panelist

Commander, Marine Corps Systems Command

(Confirmed)

Brigadier General Joseph Shrader, a native of Princeton, West Virginia, enlisted in the Marine Corps in January 1981. He served for three years with 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines as an infantryman and was promoted to corporal. After his enlistment, he returned to West Virginia where he earned an associate degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from Bluefield State College. He was commissioned a second lieutenant through the Platoon Leaders Course commissioning program in 1989.

Upon graduation from The Basic School, BGen Shrader attended the Artillery Officer Basic Course in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and then reported to 5th Battalion, 10th Marines (5/10). While assigned to 5/10, BGen Shrader served as a Guns Platoon Commander, Battery Executive Officer and Battery Commander, and deployed to Southwest Asia during operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Provide Comfort.

BGen Shrader reported in June 1993 to Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina, where he served as a recruit training company Series Commander, Company Executive Officer and Company Commander. He then attended the Field Artillery Advanced Officer Course in Fort Sill, and in August 1996, reported to the III Marine Expeditionary Force (III MEF), Okinawa, Japan. While there, he was promoted to Major and served as Assistant Operations Officer, 4th Marine Regiment, and Battalion Operations Officer and Battalion Executive Officer with 3rd Battalion, 12th Marines.

He then attended the Marine Corps Command and Staff College on Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, where he earned a Master of Military Studies degree. In June 2001, he was transferred to Marine Corps Systems Command where he served as the Armor and Fire Support Targeting Team Lead. Upon promotion to Lieutenant Colonel, he was reassigned to serve as the Deputy Program Manager for the Expeditionary Fire Support System.

In July 2004, BGen Shrader returned to III MEF where he served as 12th Marines Operations Officer and later that same year deployed to Sumatra, Indonesia, in support of Operation Unified Assistance. In May 2005, BGen Shrader received orders to stand up 5th ANGLICO, III MEF. In early 2007, he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In October 2007, he relinquished command of 5th ANGLICO and was reassigned as the III MEF Force Fires Coordinator.

In August 2009, he was promoted to Colonel after graduating from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at National Defense University in Washington, D.C. He was then designated primary military occupational specialty (8061) Acquisition Professional Officer and assigned to Marine Corps Systems Command. Over the next four years he served as Product Group Director for Combat Equipment and Support Systems, and Product Group Director and Program Manager for Armor and Fire Support Systems.

In May 2013, he transferred to the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Expeditionary Programs and Logistics Management to serve as Chief of Staff. In July 2014, BGen Shrader took the helm as Commander of Marine Corps Systems Command. In August 2014, he was frocked to Brigadier General.

ADM James G. Stavridis, USN (Ret.)
ADM James G. Stavridis, USN (Ret.)

Panelist

former Supreme Allied Commander, Europe Commander, U.S. European Command and Dean, The Fletcher School, Tufts University

(Confirmed)

A Florida native, Jim Stavridis attended the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, and spent over thirty years in the Navy, rising to the rank of 4-star Admiral.  Among his many commands were four years as Supreme Allied Commander at NATO, where he oversaw operations in Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, the Balkans, and piracy off the coast of Africa.  He also commanded U.S. Southern Command in Miami Florida, charged with military operations through Latin America.

In the course of his career in the Navy, he served as senior military assistant to the Secretary of the Navy and the Secretary of Defense.  He led the Navy’s premier operational think tank for innovation, Deep Blue, immediately after the 9/11 attacks.

He won the Battenberg Cup for commanding the top ship in the Atlantic Fleet and the Navy League John Paul Jones Award for Inspirational leadership, along with over forty US and international medals and decorations.

He earned a PhD from The Fletcher School at Tufts, winning the Gullion prize as outstanding student in his class, as well as academic honors from the National and Naval War Colleges as a distinguished student.  He speaks Spanish and French.

Jim has published five books on leadership, Latin America, ship handling, and innovation, as well as over a hundred articles in leading journals.  An active user of social networks, he has thousands of followers on Twitter and friends on Facebook.  His TED talk on 21st century security in 2012 has had over 300,000 views.

Jim has published five books on leadership, Latin America, ship handling, and innovation, as well as over a hundred articles in leading journals.  An active user of social networks, he has thousands of followers on Twitter and friends on Facebook.  His TED talk on 21st century security in 2012 has had over 300,000 views.

Admiral Stavridis is also the Chair of the Board of the U.S. Naval Institute, and has won both the Proceedings and USNI Press Author of the Year Awards.

Jim is the 12th Dean at The Fletcher School, a post he assumed in the summer of 2013.  He is happily married to Laura, and they have two daughters – one working at Google and the other an Ensign in the U.S. Navy.
 

Hon. Sean J. Stackley

Panelist

Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition)

(Invited)

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

Panelist

Master Chief Petty Officer of the 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.

VADM Scott H. Swift, USN

Keynote

confirmed as next Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet

(Invited)

Dr. John Zangardi
Dr. John Zangardi

Panelist

Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Information Operations and Space, and Acting Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer

(Confirmed)

John Zangardi was appointed as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Information Operations, and Space (DASN C4I /IO and Space) in March of 2011. In support of ASN (RD&A), Dr. Zangardi is the principal Department of the Navy advisor for C4I, IO, space (including space - related acquisition), business enterprise acquisition, and information technology and resources management. In his oversight role, he coordinates with key stakeholders to maximize alignment with Navy and Marine Corps needs.

He is a native of Scranton, Pennsylvania and a graduate of the University of Scranton. Dr. Zangardi was awarded a Master of Science degree from the Naval Postgraduate School and a doctorate from George Mason University.

Commissioned through the Aviation Officer Candidate School, he was awarded Naval Flight Officer wings in 1983. Operationally he served with Patrol Squadron 6, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), Patrol Squadron 8, and Patrol Squadron 26 as Commanding Officer. Ashore, his assignments include Patrol Wings Pacific, Joint Staff (J6) as Lead Budget Analyst, Navy Staff (N78) as Assistant for Programming and Budget, and Navy’s Office of Legislative Affairs as
Director for Naval Programs.

After leaving active duty, he was employed by BAE Systems Electronics and Integrated Systems operating group, Arlington, Virginia. He was assigned as Director for Maritime Systems and Requirements.

In January of 2008, Dr. Zangardi was selected for appointment to the Senior Executive Service (SES) with assignment as Deputy Director for Warfare Integration Programs (N6FB), within the Directorate for the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations Communications Networks (N6).

With the stand-up of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations Information Dominance (N2/N6), he was assigned as Director for Program Integration and as Deputy to the Director for Concepts, Strategy, and Integration.

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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