The 21st century U.S. Navy is building around information as it reshapes its force for new challenges, according to the chief of naval operations.
"We don't have software that can make software."--Thomas Hone, Naval War College Liaison with OPNAV
Unlike characters in science fiction tomes, today's leaders do not have the advantage of traveling to the past to change decisions that led to trouble in the future.
It's rare that an audience of industry and service members at all ranks get the chance to hear first hand from the first of a kind.
"My answer about how to treat pirates? Kill them." --Col. David W. Coffman, USMC, commander, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
Today was an exciting day at West 2010--and I'm not talking about the dynamic speakers and exhibitors.
FINALLY -- able to blog from booths because I actually got connected to and by the right people. Thanks, Microsoft! Here's a look at some of the capabilities being demo'ed here.
"They have a black belt in survival."
"We don't spend enough time and energy on what navies do: sea control."
"Ignorance is our biggest vulnerability [in the cyber domain]." --Vice Adm. Carl Mauney, USN, deputy CO, STRATCOM
"I believe that it's more likely that an attack will come from not a bomb off a bomb rack, but instead electrons in cyberspace."
"Paper money-kiss it goodbye."
"We are starting to build a deterrent construct that will be better than mutual assured destruction."-Gen. James E. Cartwright, USMC, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
"We're in a major economic crisis. Economics is a big part of warfare. If you ignore it, you'll do it at your nation's peril."
Tweet was for swag; SIGNAL Scape is for great tech!
"Whatever it is that we think we'll do next, whomever it is we think we'll fight next, we'll be wrong."
"We have no authority in that Wild Wild West called .com, but we still operate there."
Although the official conference doesn't start until tomorrow, those of us from AFCEA International as well as committee members and chapter officers spent this beautiful day indoors in business meetings.
Next week is the West 2010 Conference in San Diego. For those of you who will be attending the conference, we look forward to seeing you there. If you're unable to attend but want to keep up with the conversations and discussions, there are plenty of ways to tune in.