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WEST 2018


"Near Peer Competition is Back: Are We Ready Now and Into the Future?"

Tuesday, 6 February - Thursday, 8 February 201

San Diego Convention Center

Co-Sponsored by AFCEA International and the U.S. Naval Institute.

WEST2018 Highlights: 

WEST 2018 6 February: Morning Keynote: The Hon. Patrick M. Shanahan, Deputy Secretary of Defense

More from USNINews:  Shanahan: Pentagon Needs to Learn from Industry to Develop Systems Faster 


WEST 2018 6 February: Morning Panel Discussion:

What Are the Major Naval Warfare Communities Doing Differently to Adjust to the Increasing Near-Peer Threats?

Moderator: VADM Doug Crowder, USN, (Ret.), Chairman, Olmsted Foundation

VADM Richard A. Brown, USN, Commander, Naval Surface Forces, and Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet

VADM DeWolfe Miller, USN, Commander, Naval Air Forces, and Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet

MajGen Eric M. Smith, USMC, Commanding General, 1St Marine Division

VADM Jan E. Tighe, USN, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare and Director of Naval Intelligence

VADM Joseph E. Tofalo, USN, Commander, Naval Submarine Forces, Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet and Commander, Allied Submarine Command



WEST 2018 6 February: Luncheon Keynote: ADM Scott H. Swift, USN, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet

More from USNINews: Adm. Swift: Pacific Fleet Should Both Train and Operate Forces


WEST 2018 6 February: Afternoon Panel Discussion: How Do We Leverage the Network to Build Maritime Power?

Moderator: LtGen Robert M. Shea, USMC (Ret.), President and CEO, AFCEA International and former Director, Command, Control, Communications and Computers/Cyber, Joint Staff, J6

Kenneth W. Bible, Deputy Director, Command, Control, Communications and Computers (C4), Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps

Dr. Kelly E. Fletcher, Acting Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer

VADM Matthew J. Kohler, USN, Commander, Naval Information Forces

RADM Kevin E. Lunday, USCG, Assistant Commandant, Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Information Technology and Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Cyber Command


WEST 2018 7 February: Morning Keynote:

LtGen Robert S. Walsh, USMC, Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command and Deputy Commandant, Combat Development and Integration


West 2018 7 February: Morning Panel Discussion: How Can We Dominate the ‘Gray Zone’ Between War and Peace?

Moderator: Dr. Kathleen H. Hicks, Senior Vice President; Henry A. Kissinger Chair and Director, International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies

VADM John D. Alexander, USN, Commander, THIRD Fleet

VADM Michael M. Gilday, USN, Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/ Commander, TENTH Fleet

The Hon. Nina Hachigian, former Ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (2014-2017)

VADM Fred Midgette, USCG, Commander, Pacific Area Commander, Coast Guard Defense Force West

RADM Timothy G. Szymanski, USN, Commander, Naval Special Warfare Command


WEST 2018 7 February: Luncheon Keynote:

VADM Jan E. Tighe, USN, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare and Director of Naval Intelligence


WEST 2018 7 February: Afternoon Panel Discussion:

Near-Peer Competition: What Are We Doing Differently to Acquire and Sustain Systems?

Moderator: RADM Nevin P. Carr, USN (Ret.), Vice President and Navy Strategic Account Executive, Leidos and former Chief of Naval Research and Director, Test and Evaluation and Technology Requirements (2008 - 2012)

RADM Christian D. "Boris" Becker, USN, Commander, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command

VADM Paul A. Grosklags, USN, Commander, Naval Air Systems Command

VADM Thomas J. Moore, USN, Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command

BGen Joseph Shrader, USMC, Commander, Marine Corps Systems Command

RDML Anthony "Jack" Vogt, USCG, Assistant Commandant for Response Policy

More from USNINews: SPAWAR to Industry: ‘We’ve Got to Go Faster’ to Maintain Military Edge


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