West 2020 Was a Huge Success!
WEST was a tremendous success this year. Overall attendance and industry participation were up. One hundred percent of the space available for industry exhibits was sold. The conference atmosphere was highly energized. It is great to see WEST being used as it should be—as a platform for the Sea Services to dialogue with industry. Countless industry leaders told me how much they valued the chance to hear from and talk with military leaders and the many uniformed personnel who attended.
Conference Center Construction Update
Construction continues apace on the Jack C. Taylor Conference Center, and it is exciting to see the physical progress. The Conference Center will give the Naval Institute a new venue and platform from which to achieve our mission. One of the Naval Institute’s greatest attributes is the power to convene, and our Conference Center will be the place for face-to-face engagements that will spark innovation and effect change within the Sea Services. For nearly 150 years, ideas have emerged through the Institute’s forum and have been used to solve real-world problems facing the Sea Services. The Naval Institute provides a conduit where these ideas can be shared and debated—and then sharpened and shaped into actionable solutions. The Jack C. Taylor Conference Center will bring together military and civilian thought leaders of all levels to challenge the status quo and impact policy.
New From the Naval Institute Press/ Dead Reckoning
Dead Reckoning’s newest graphic novel is Churchill: A Graphic Biography, written by Vincent Delmas and illustrated by Christophe Regnault and Alessio Cammardella. Phil Reed, the emeritus director at the Churchill War Rooms, calls it “a wholly original and fresh approach to historical biography. Churchill would have been delighted to be a comic book hero!” It is available for purchase now at www.usni.org/press/books/churchill-0.
A New Look at Membership
I recently asked Proceedings Editor-in-Chief Bill Hamblet to assume additional duties as the executive vice president of membership and marketing. Bill and his team are retooling how we talk about membership and how we communicate with members and prospective members. For a long time, membership in the Naval Institute has been synonymous with a “subscription” to Proceedings. While Proceedings is a significant benefit, membership is a way for Sea Service and national security professionals to support the full range of mission areas of the Institute. From USNI News to conferences and events, the Press, Naval History magazine and Proceedings, oral histories, photo archives, the Blog, and the podcast, the Naval Institute supports the Sea Services and the Marines, Coast Guardsmen, and Sailors who comprise them. Your membership in the Institute does not just include Proceedings—it supports all that we do!
Everyone is impacted in some way by the Coronavirus pandemic. We wish all our members and readers well in these challenging times. For our part, we have organized our staff for continuity of operations, and we will continue to perform the important missions of the Institute. Again, we wish everyone well.