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February 13, 2009
By Henry Kenyon
Fixing Navy shipbuilding was the focus of a panel featuring (l-r) Ronald O'Rourke; Rear Adm. Michael K. Mahon, USN; Fred J. Harris; Vice Adm. Kevin J. Cosgriff, USN (Ret.); and panel moderator Dr. Scott C. Truver.

Change may be good for progress, but it is not good for Navy shipbuilding. A panel of experts addressing how to "fix" Navy shipbuilding agreed that design changes in the process are responsible for most of the ills in Navy shipbuilding. However, they disagreed on many proposed solutions-and whether oft-stated ideas would even work in reality.

February 13, 2009
By Henry Kenyon
Vice Adm. Robert Harward, USN, deputy commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command, warns that the United States must be as prepared to fight in irregular conflicts as it is for conventional warfare.

The United States has yet to strike a balance between being dominant in regular warfare and being able to fight an irregular war, according to the deputy commander of the Joint Forces Command. Vice Adm. Robert Harward, USN, offered that the United States even might be losing the war in cyberspace.

February 13, 2009
By Henry Kenyon
Linda Mills, corporate vice president and president, Northrop Grumman Information Systems Sector, describes how important the defense industry is to the economy.

Providing economic stimulus to the defense sector could be a key part of revitalizing the U.S. economy, said Linda Mills, corporate vice president and president, Northrop Grumman Information Systems Sector. Mills urged that the government take the defense industry into account as it stimulates the economy to keep and create jobs.

February 13, 2009
By Henry Kenyon
How do we find, develop and promote people with the right stuff? Trying to answer that are (l-r) Capt. L. David Marquet, USN (Ret.); Col. Steven M. Hanson, USMC; Rear Adm. Robert P. Girrier, USN; Lt. Col. James R. Crider, USA; and panel moderator Vice Adm. Albert H. Konetzni, USN (Ret.).
February 12, 2009
By Henry Kenyon
Rear Adm. Michael McDevitt, USN (Ret.), director, Center for Naval Analyses Strategic Studies (r), discusses China's modernization as fellow panelist Dr. Jacqueline Newmeyer, president and chief executive officer, Long Term Strategy Group LLC, and panel moderator David Hartman, former host of Good Morning America, listen.
February 12, 2009
By Henry Kenyon
Panelists offering "straight talk from the warfighter" include (r-l) panel moderator Col. Robert Work, USMC (Ret.); Vice Adm. Thomas J. Kilcline, USN; Lt. Gen. Richard F. Natonski, USMC; Rear Adm. Michael C. Bachmann, USN; and Capt. Pete Gumataotao, USN.
February 12, 2009
By Henry Kenyon
Vice Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, USN, commander, U.S. Third Fleet, describes fleet requirements in a luncheon address.

Many forward deployed ships in the U.S. Navy are becoming independent command and control (C2) nodes as they adapt for more complex missions, according to the commander of the Third Fleet. Vice Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, USN, told a luncheon audience that C4I is the key enabler for the fleet.

February 12, 2009
By Henry Kenyon
Discussing what it may take to keep people in uniform are (l-r) FORMC Eric W. Page, USN; Lt. Elizabeth Griffiths, USN; MSTC David Getchell, USCG; Capt. Scott Cuomo, USMC; and panel moderator MCOPCG Vince Patton III, USCG (Ret.).

Most service personnel are motivated by a sense of duty to their country, but their services must continue to focus on quality of life-personal as well as professional. These points were driven home in a panel focusing on what it takes to keep people in uniform.

February 12, 2009
By Henry Kenyon
Panelists discussing "What keeps you up at night?" include (l-r) Vice Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., USN; James P. Craft; Robert J. Carey; Vice Adm. H. Denby Starling, USN; and panel moderator Vice Adm. Herbert A. Browne, USN (Ret.).

No solution to the cyberspace threat seems imminent or even obvious, according to a panel asked "What keeps you up at night?" Cyberspace enemies can attack anywhere, and they don't need to expend any extraordinary resources to be effect in the infosphere.

February 11, 2009
By Henry Kenyon
Adm. Jonathan Greenert, USN, commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command
Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, USN, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, gives the kickoff address at West 2009.

Much remains to be done even though the U.S. Navy has reconstituted its fleet response plan to suit a new era in which is must do more in less time, said Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, USN, commander of the U.S. Fleet Forces Command.

February 11, 2009
By Henry Kenyon
Wednesday morning panel:
Panelists engaging in a lively discussion on force structure are (l-r) Lt. Gen. Joe Weber, USMC (Ret.); Adm. Robert Natter, USN (Ret.); Gen. Barry McCaffrey, USA (Ret.), Lt. Gen. Daniel Leaf, USAF (Ret.); and panel moderator Col. Jack Jacobs, USA (Ret.).
February 11, 2009
By Henry Kenyon
Lt. Gen. Thomas F. Metz, USA
Lt. Gen. Thomas F. Metz, USA, director, Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO), offers solutions for defeating IEDs to the audience at West 2009.

The only way to defeat improvised explosive devices (IEDs) is to treat them as strategic weapons, says Lt. Gen. Thomas F. Metz, USA, director, Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO). And, with that approach, networking may be the key enabler.