General Information


Earn Reserve Credits
Members of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Reserves have been authorized to earn one point retirement credit for attendance. Amy and Air Force Reserve and National Guard personnel may participate on a non-pay credit basis, with approval of unit commander. Bring unit forms with you to the conference for validation.


All Joint Warfighting Conference events are business dress. Military personnel are encouraged to wear the appropriate uniform of the day for all events.


AFCEA and the U.S. Naval Institute support the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Attendees with special needs should call (703) 631-6130.


About the Co-Sponsors

AFCEA International
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, information technology, intelligence, and global security. AFCEA supports local chapters, sponsors events, publishes the award-winning SIGNAL Magazine, promotes education, and provides member benefits – all with the purpose of equipping its members to meet government’s challenges and to further their careers. AFCEA and its chapters provide a common ground for learning that is unquestioned in its integrity and unequaled in the reach of its relationships. More than 31,000 members support AFCEA International for the same reason: we help them succeed and enable them to serve.

Telephone: (800) 336-4583, ext. 6158 or (703) 631-6158


The U.S. Naval Institute
The U.S. Naval Institute is the Nation’s premier independent forum for critical thinking on issues of defense. Its books, Proceedings and Naval History magazines, professional conferences and other initiatives help service members and fellow citizens better understand modern security dilemmas. Visit us at Booth 1032 for free magazines and to interact with authors who will inscribe your new USNI books.  Free on-line membership extended to Active Duty.

Telephone: (800) 233-8764 or (410) 268-6110




Conferences like the Joint Warfighting Conference present opportunities for America's adversaries to target U.S. Government employees, academia, defense industry, and other personnel in order to collect our Critical Information.


Be a hard target!  Use good OPSEC practices to protect yourself and your organization's mission.


Here are some things to think about:

  • Be aware of your surroundings when discussing sensitive unclassified Critical Information during the conference and after hours, in common/public areas (e.g. social gatherings, networking mixers, etc.).
  • Don't make it easy for eavesdroppers to be part of your conversations.
  • Be suspicious of strangers - even though they sound like they belong at the conference, don't assume they are there for the same purpose as you.
  • Use caution when sharing information with someone you don't know. Ask others to confirm a person's identity before sharing Critical Information about your organization's past, ongoing or future operations/activities/events.
  • Protect your personal information, such as your room number and daily schedule.  Don't give out your business cards freely, particularly when outside the United States. Remember, phishing is still the #1 adversary threat vector into your personal and government computers/devices/networks, etc.
  • If you use a laptop or other portable electronic device (personal or government-owned) use it cautiously. Disable the Bluetooth and WLAN/Wi-Fi connections when not in use, and if you use this type of connectivity understand that you may expose personal and work-related Critical Information to an adversary. Be especially cautious when using unencrypted/unsecure WLAN/Wi-Fi hotspots.




Frequently Asked



What Is the Joint Warfighting Conference?

The annual Joint Warfighting Conference offers an East Coast companion to the popular AFCEA-USNI West conference held each year in San Diego, CA.  This conference provides a premier venue for engaging the warriors and industry leaders who are shaping the nation’s military strategies and warfighting platforms. The conference and exposition features the people you need to hear from, the products and services you need to do your job, and informed discussion of the critical issues of today and tomorrow!

This event also offers tremendous networking opportunities!


Who Attends the Joint Warfighting Conference?
Military, Government, industry and academic professionals from the following fields, among others:

  • Aviation
  • Avionics
  • Command/Control
  • Communications
  • Computers
  • Data Processing
  • Electronic Warfare
  • Electronics
  • Emergency Management
  • Engineering
  • Imaging
  • Information Management
  • Information Systems/IT
  • Intelligence
  • Law Enforcement
  • Public Safety
  • Radar
  • Satellites
  • Shipbuilding
  • Systems Management


How much does it cost to attend the Joint Warfighting Conference?
Registration is free to everyone. The following programs/events are included in the registration fee:

  • Panel Sessions
  • Plenary Sessions
  • DoN IM/IT Sessions
  • Exposition

The following programs/events require paid tickets/registration:

  • Luncheon addresses (for meals)
  • Dessert Breaks
  • Professional Development Courses
  • MOAA Spouse Symposium

(Events requiring tickets are denoted by a * in the schedule.)


How do I register for the Joint Warfighting Conference?
Please go to the online registration form.


I registered but did not receive my badge in the mail.
All badges must be picked up on-site.

All registrants will receive a confirmation notice. If you did not receive a confirmation, please contact the Joint Warfighting Conference Registration Center at (703) 449-6418 or


I registered for a Professional Development Course (PDC); what does my registration include?

Professional Development Course (PDC) registration includes access to the specific PDC course and general access to Joint Warfighting Conference events that are open to all attendees. Lunches and dessert breaks (events that are denoted by a * in the schedule) require purchase of tickets.


How can I exhibit at the Joint Warfighting Conference?
For exhibit information, click here or contact:

Joint Warfighting Conference 2012 Exposition Management
c/o J. Spargo & Associates
11212 Waples Mill Road, Suite 104
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-631-6200
Fax: 703-818-9177


Where is the Joint Warfighting Conference?
The event will take place at the Virginia Beach, Virginia Convention Center. For more information click here.


I need assistance at the conference.
AFCEA and the U.S. Naval Institute support the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Attendees with special needs should call (703) 631-6130 or email


For more information, contact:
Joint Warfighting Conference Registration Center
Phone: (703) 449-6418