Special Events


"Midway Magic"*

Gala Reception aboard the USS Midway

Celebrating 100 Years of Naval Aviation

Tuesday, January 25
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

The Midway is a short walk from the San Diego Convention Center and the Marriott and Hyatt hotels. Limited bus transportation is available from the Marriott and Manchester Grand Hyatt hotels.
Nautically Casual. Flat shoes recommended.

* Ticket required. Click here to purchase tickets.

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"Midway Magic" promises to be an amazing experience for all, including virtual reality flight simulators, restored vintage naval aircraft from World War II and other historic battles, audio tours, interactive and multimedia exhibits, and a “must do” visit to the Midway Museum store.  There’ll be plenty of food and drink, and prime networking on all decks.

The USS Midway was commissioned on September 10, 1945. Over the next 47 years, more than 200,000 American veterans served aboard her during the Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War and a number of other conflicts. The USS Midway remained on station and responded to every call – both military and humanitarian, and is the longest serving carrier of the twentieth century. The USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum serves as San Diego's tribute to the contributions of the armed services and as a dynamic, interactive beacon of education and entertainment.


Veterans' Retraining Initiative

Tuesday, January 25, 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Transition from the Veterans' Perspective

Tuesday, January 25, 3:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
What Veterans Need to Know about the Corporate Community

Wednesday, January 26, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Veteran Career and Resource Fair

“Employment After the Military” is the focus of three free workshops for veterans at West 2011.

"Transition from the Veterans' Perspective” will feature military veterans who have successfully transitioned into careers in local industry.  They will share their stories and answer questions.


What Veterans Need to Know About the Corporate Community” will highlight local business leaders with valuable information to both prospective employers and transitioning veterans.


The Career and Resource Fair is designed to take the mystery out of transitioning and enlighten veterans to understand that their experience after the military is exciting and rewarding. Employers from the defense community and local businesses will meet one on one with job seekers.


The Workshops and the Career Fair will be held on the Upper Level of the San Diego Convention Center and are free to all Veterans. For information about the Veterans' Retraining Initiative, contact the VRI Chair, Dave Dickey, at (951) 587-1077 and visit the website at: www.afcea-sd.org


ComDef West 2011: "Architecture for Coalition Cooperation"

January 24 and January 25

There is increasing recognition around the world that the future emphasis of national defense should be focused on the cyber domain.  Communications and electronics are going to have an increasing share of defense budgets.  Representatives from Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Israel, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom join with U.S. government and industry leaders at ComDef West 2011. 

Held at the San Diego Convention Center, associated and co-located with AFCEA West, ComDef West 2011 provides the principal focus for international networking and business outreach on the West Coast. The US Commercial Service, California Space Authority, and specialists in international imports and exports will give presentations on how to make effective the President’s call to increase export business by 50% over the next few years. Start your business development activity for 2011 at ComDef West – January 24/25. 

Earlybird ends December 22nd, 2010.

Website: http://www.ideea.com/comdefwest11

Program: http://www.ideea.com/comdefwest11/program.htm

Registration: http://www.ideea.com/comdefwest11/registration.htm

Telephone: (703) 760-0762

Email: chwhiteree@ideea.com

SIA's Naval and Maritime SATCOM Workshop

Wednesday, January 26

The Satellite Industry Association’s Naval and Maritime SATCOM Workshop will be held at West 2011 on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA.

The Naval and Maritime SATCOM Workshop features briefs, hosted by Navy PEO C4I, on commercial satellite applications and requirements by Navy, Coast Guard and Marines officials, followed by an afternoon of technology solutions presented by leading industry representatives, hosted by SIA.


WRITERS—USNI Needs Your Best Ideas - Join in an interactive panel discussion

Tuesday, January 25
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

  • Editors from Proceedings, Naval History and the Naval Institute Press share an insider’s perspective for best practices on submitting articles and book ideas
  • Panel includes USNI editors and successful authors
  • Meet the editors and ask questions

For more information contact Paul Merzlak.


Join Terremark for these special presentations in Booth 2350.


Tuesday, January 25
10:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.

The Datacenter of the Future
Ben Stewart, Senior VP of Facility Engineering

Tuesday, January 25
1:30 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
Security in the Cloud
Pete Nicoletti, VP of Secured Information Services

Wednesday, January 26
9:00 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.

The Datacenter of the Future
Ben Stewart, Senior VP of Facility Engineering

Wednesday, January 26
11:30 a.m. – Noon

Security in the Cloud
Pete Nicoletti, VP of Secured Information Services


Team SPAWAR Presentations and Demonstrations
Booth 1147

Tuesday, January 25  
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Command and Control Rapid Prototyping Continuum (C2RPC) Demonstration (PEO C4I)

The Command & Control Rapid Prototyping Continuum (C2RPC) is the result of a partnership between the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (PEO C4I), and Commander, Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT) to advance the state-of-the-art of Command and Control to reduce uncertainty and increase operational tempo, while providing a transition path to ensure future C2 systems meet fleet requirements.  The technical implementation of the C2RPC initiative is being led by the Command and Control Program Office (PMW 150) within PEO C4I.  New enabling technologies were developed to accelerate the implementation of Operational Level of Warfare (OLW) C2 capability.

 C2RPC is an ongoing C2 prototyping effort funded by ONR that uses COMPACFLT as an operational “test bed” for validating C2RPC features with real data and real users in real situations.  Transition agreements between OPNAV, PEO C4I and ONR call for selected C2RPC capabilities to be fed back into enduring and supported programs of record.

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

MIDS JTRS Demonstration
CAPT Scott Krambeck


The MIDS JTRS demonstration will showcase basic MIDS JTRS functionality and interoperability with existing Link-16 terminals.  A secure network will be established between a MIDS JTRS terminal, configured as installed in an F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, and a MIDS-LVT (1) terminal, configured as a command and control (C2) node.  The network will simulate an operational environment with the MIDS JTRS terminal processing surveillance messages and voice traffic.

11:45 a.m. - Noon

Speaker: Mr. Terry Simpson

Deputy for Intelligence (PEO C4I)

1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Speaker: CAPT Timothy Holland


2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Speaker: RADM Patrick Brady

Commander, SPAWAR

Wednesday, January 26  
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

CAPT John Pope

Deputy PEO C4I

9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. CDR John Choi
PMW 160 Assistant Program Manager
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Tactical Key Loader Demonstration (PEO C4I)

The key management architectures and Information Systems Branch (code 58120) at SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific provides Electronic Key Management System (EKMS) Tier 3 systems engineering expertise to both the Navy and the Joint community.


Central to Team SPAWAR’s exhibit is the Tactical Key Loader (TKL) cryptographic key fill device, a handheld unit that is being developed by PEO C4I (PMW 130) with engineering support from Code 58120, and the Harris Corporation.


Cryptographic key can be loaded quickly and easily into an End Cryptographic Unit (ECU) by the TKL operator via a simple, discreet one-button-push operation.  The TKL’s ease of use and quick operation, along with its small size and weight and the ability to process modern cryptographic key; have been the core, driving requirements of TKL development since its inception, and which will enable the TKL to directly address the tactical cryptographic fill device capability gap identified by the Marine Corps Systems Command and the Naval Special Warfare Command.


The TKL is the answer to the forward deployed warfighters’ needs now and into the future.  For those warfighters operating at the forward edge of the battlespace, a single line of communication is often the only link to critical support elements.  In these situations, the importance of reliable COMSEC equipment increases significantly.  The development and fielding of the TKL will ultimately result in the continued ability to quickly and discreetly load ECUs well into the 21st century.

11:30 a.m. - Noon

Mike Spencer

5.0 SPAWAR Chief Engineer

1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Speaker: Mr. Howard Pace


JTRS Update

2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. CAPT Joseph Beel
Commanding Officer, Systems Center Pacific
3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

JTRS Network Manager Demonstration

CAPT Jeff Hoyle
JTRS, NED Program Manager

Thursday, January 27  
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Speaker: Mr. Rob Wolborsky

SPAWAR Director of Science and Technology

9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Stephen D. Russell, Ph.D.

Head, SSC Pacific, Research and Applied Sciences Department

SPAWAR National Competency Lead

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Demonstration or Speaker
11:00 a.m. - Noon Demonstration or Speaker
1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Sea Water Antenna Demo (SSC Pacific; Daniel Tam)