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"Joint Forces' Inflection Point: What to Hold and What to Fold?"


For Immediate Release April 23, 2012


USNI Media Contact:
Scot Christenson
(410) 295-1026


FAIRFAX, VA—The largest defense conference and exposition in the Hampton Roads region returns to the Virginia Beach Convention Center, May 15-17, 2012. The Joint Warfighting Conference is co-sponsored by AFCEA International and the U.S. Naval Institute, with support from the NDIA Greater Hampton Roads Chapter and the AFCEA Hampton Roads and Tidewater Chapters. The event is open to the public and admission is free. Tickets are required for luncheons.


At the Joint Warfighting Conference, senior military and government leaders and defense industry experts will address the theme "Joint Forces' Inflection Point: What to Hold and What to Fold?" The conference, which is expected to draw over 5000 attendees, will cover important issues facing the military. In addition, 150 information technology and defense exhibitors will showcase hundreds of technologies and solutions, including: Communication Systems, Electronic Warfare Equipment, Information Systems Security, Intelligence Gathering Systems, Satellite Communications, Weapons Systems and much more.


The conference theme and panel session topics are based on input from operating forces. Speakers and panel participants will voice their points of view and experiences with these issues, allowing attendees to benefit from their knowledge and candid discussion. Featured speakers include:

  • GEN Martin E. Dempsey, USA, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Gen John R. Allen, USMC, Commander, International Security Assistance Force – Afghanistan and Commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan (invited)
  • Gen James Cartwright, USMC (Ret.), former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and The Inaugural Harold Brown Chair in Defense Policy Studies, Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Mr. Michael Jones, Chief Technology Advocate, Google Ventures


Keynote Discussion: "Joint & Coalition Operations: What's the Way Ahead?"

  • Moderator: LTG John R. Wood, USA (Ret.) former Deputy Commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command
  • RADM Philip S. Davidson, USN, Director, Operations and Intelligence (N3/N2) & Deputy Commander, Task Force TWO ZERO
  • LtGen George J. Flynn, USMC, Director, J-7, The Joint Staff
  • VAdm C.A. Johnstone-Burt, OBE MA, RN, Chief of Staff, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Allied Command Transformation
  • LTG Keith C. Walker, USA, Deputy Commanding General, Futures, Army Capabilities Integration Center, TRADOC


Luncheon Keynote Discussion: "Air-Sea Battle: What Should It Be?"

  • Moderator: LtCol Frank Hoffman (Ret.), former Senior Director, Naval Capabilities and Readiness, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy and Director, NDU Press, National Defense University
  • Lt Gen David Deptula, USAF (Ret.), former Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (invited)
  • ADM Patrick M. Walsh, USN (Ret.), former Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet (invited)


Five panel sessions will provide attendees with opportunities to question experts about the latest policy and technology issues.  

  • Profession of Arms: How Do the Services Meet Tomorrow’s Expectations & New Challenges?
  • Young Warfighters: What Lessons Are Worth Keeping & How Do We Keep Our Fighting Edge?
  • Manned and Unmanned Systems: What Is the Right Mix?
  • Cyber Warfare: Are We Really Taking a Joint Approach?
  • Equipping the Force for the New Strategy: Reconstitution vs. New Acquisition


The Joint Warfighting Conference will also host the Department of the Navy IT East Coast Conference, May 15-17; and the NetWars Computer and Network Security Challenge, May 16-17; and the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) Financial Seminars, May 16.



AFCEA International, established in 1946, is a non-profit membership association serving the military, government, industry, and academia as an ethical forum for advancing professional knowledge and relationships in the fields of communications, IT, intelligence, and global security. For more information, please visit


The U.S. Naval Institute, founded in 1873, is the only non-profit, professional military association offering an independent, nonpartisan forum on sea power and national security issues. Its publications, conferences and heritage resources help military and civilians understand the role each plays in safeguarding national security – and our obligation to the men and women of the all-volunteer force who provide it. For more information, please visit


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