Change is upon us, and it's unavoidable. For the U.S. armed forces this means having to do more with less in a period of dwindling resources and ever-escalating threats.
Cooperation, collaboration, and streamlining were hot topics during the recent West 2009 conference in San Diego. The theme of this year's conference, cosponsored by the U.S. Naval Institute and the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), was "Defense: Reset—Redesign—or Reinvent?"
Also discussed were the need for better technology, the increasing importance of cyber-warfare, and the need to maintain traditional military strengths.
Collaboration, Cooperation, and Team-Building
Navy Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, Commander of the U.S. Fleet Forces Command, kicked off the conference with an address in which he stressed the importance of collaboration among the branches of the military, between government and industry, and also among other countries and their nongovernmental organizations.