The WEST 2018 Conference and Exposition, 6-8 February, was a huge success.
Almost 8,000 people attended to hear the numerous speakers and panels and visit the booths of 367 defense industry and military exhibitors. The theme of this year’s WEST was “Near-Peer Competition Is Back: Are We Ready Now and Into the Future?”
From the program kick-off by the Honorable Patrick M. Shanahan, Deputy Secretary of Defense, to the wrap-up discussion with the three Sea Service chiefs, attendees heard about the challenges posed by today’s high-end threats and what the Department of Defense and the Armed Services are doing to face those challenges. Deputy Secretary Shanahan described efforts to streamline and speed up the acquisition process, recognizing that the U.S. military technical edge has eroded in the past two decades and it will take effort to get it back.