2011 WEST Conference & Exposition

Tuesday, January 25, 2011
8:00AM - 9:00AM Continental Breakfast
9:00AM - 10:00AM Kickoff Address
10:00AM - 10:30AM Break
10:30AM - 11:45AM Panel: What Could Flat and/or Declining Defense Budgets Mean for Navy Plans and Programs?
11:45AM - 12:00PM Break
12:00PM - 1:30PM Luncheon Address*
1:30PM - 2:00PM Dessert Break*
2:00PM - 3:15PM Panel: Unmanned Systems: A Roadmap to Where?
  • Moderator: Dick Diamond, Jr., National Security Trends and Strategic Issues Analyst, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (Confirmed)
  • Panelist: Lt Col Thomas "Buzz" Rempfer, USAF, Deputy Commander, 214th Reconnaissance Group, Davis Monthan Air Force Base (Confirmed)
  • Panelist: J. Terry Simpson, Principal Deputy for Intelligence, Program Executive Office, Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I) (Confirmed)
  • Panelist: RADM Ben Wachendorf, USN (Ret.), Chief Operating Officer, EchoStorm Worldwide (Confirmed)
  • Panelist: Dave Weddel , Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance (Confirmed)
3:15PM - 3:30PM Break
3:30PM - 4:30PM Featured Speaker
  • Keynote Speaker: Stephen Coonts, Author, Flight of the Intruder (Confirmed)
6:30PM - 9:00PM Special Tribute -- 100 Years of Naval Aviation -- Grand Reception on Board USS Midway*
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
8:00AM - 9:00AM Breakfast Address*  
  • Keynote Speaker: Mike Petters, Corporate Vice President and President, Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding (Confirmed)
9:00AM - 9:30AM Break
9:30AM - 10:30AM Strategic Dialogue: Where and How Will China Be a Factor?
10:00AM - 10:30AM Break
10:30AM - 11:30AM Panel: Air-Sea Battle: Next Big Thing -- A Flash in the Pan?
  • Moderator: Dr. Scott C. Truver, Executive Advisor, National Security Programs, Gryphon Technologies LC (Confirmed)
  • Panelist: RADM Jim Beebe, USN (Ret.), Executive Director, Commander, Naval Air Forces (Confirmed)
  • Panelist: Tom Culora, Chairman, Warfare Analysis and Research Department, Naval War College, Co-Author, What's New About the Air-Sea Battle Concept? (Confirmed)
  • Panelist: Col Mark Gunzinger, USAF (Ret.), Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (Confirmed)
11:30AM - 12:00PM Break
12:00PM - 1:30PM Luncheon Address*
1:30PM - 2:00PM Dessert Break
2:00PM - 3:15PM Panel: Cyberwarfare: How Do We Make Information a Weapon?
3:30PM - 5:00PM AFCEA San Diego Chapter Technology Reception on the Exhibit Floor
Thursday, January 27, 2011
8:00AM - 9:00AM Breakfast Address*  
9:00AM - 9:30AM Break
10:00AM - 11:15AM Roundtable: How Do We Enhance the Adaptability of the Military Forces We Have?
  • Moderator: RADM Daniel R. Bowler, USN (Ret.) , President, The Whitehall Group, LLC, former Director, Warfare Integration and Assessment, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (Confirmed)
  • Panelist: Alfred Grasso , President and Chief Executive Officer, The MITRE Corporation (Confirmed)
  • Panelist: Dr. William A. LaPlante, Head, Global Engagement Department, The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (Confirmed)
11:00AM - 12:00PM Break
12:00PM - 1:30PM Luncheon Address*
  • Keynote Speaker: Elizabeth A. McGrath, Deputy Chief Management Officer, Department of Defense (Confirmed)
  • Keynote Speaker: David Wennergren, Assistant Deputy Chief Management Officer, Department of Defense (Confirmed)
1:30PM - 2:00PM Dessert Break*