General Information &

Frequently Asked Questions

About EAST: Joint Warfighting 2013

The world is changing; our Nation is changing; and our Services are changing. At EAST: Joint Warfighting 2013, active duty professionals have a say in how the profession of arms will change. This three-day professional development event, co-sponsored by AFCEA International and the U.S. Naval Institute, takes place 14 - 16 May at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.


At EAST: Joint Warfighting 2013, active duty military, government, industry and academia will collaborate on the key issues critical to defense and have the opportunity to engage on multiple levels to help set the agendas for future operations, training, and force structure. Keynote speakers and local command leaders will address the overall theme Innovation in an Era of Austerity: What Capabilities Do We Need to Operate in a Non-Permissive Environment?


ADM William E. Gortney, USN, Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command is confirmed as the opening keynote speaker. Additional confirmed speakers include Gen John Allen, USMC, former Commander, International Security Assistance Force Afghanistan and U.S. Forces Afghanistan, and GEN Mieczyslaw Bieniek, Polish Army, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation.  Panel discussions will focus on command and control for the operators; budget challenges after the cliff; cyber security; coalition partnerships; development of the future mindset for warfighting; and acquisition.


The conference will also feature three engagement theaters focused on innovation, cyber security, small business and acquisition with over 30 briefings. Many of the panel and theater sessions, as well as AFCEA Professional Development Courses, qualify for continuing education units (CEUs) to help sustain DoD 8570.01-M mandated certifications.


One hundred industry exhibitors will demonstrate products and solutions to meet the Services' requirements and needs.  Also on the exhibit floor, the NetWars interactive cybersecurity demonstration will feature students and IT professionals competing to solve network security challenges.


EAST: Joint Warfighting 2013 registration for active duty military and civilian government is free.


AFCEA International and the U.S. Naval Institute are both non-profit, non-lobbying membership organizations.  These associations have teamed together for the past twenty-two years to create forums for collaboration on the key issues critical to defense.

About the Co-Sponsors

AFCEA International

AFCEA International, established in 1946, is a non-profit organization serving its members by providing a forum for the ethical exchange of information, and dedicated to increasing knowledge through the exploration of issues relevant to its members in information technology, communications and electronics for the defense, homeland security and intelligence communities.

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


The U.S. Naval Institute
Founded in 1873, the U.S. Naval Institute is the independent forum for those who dare to read, think, speak, and write in order to advance the professional, literary, and scientific understanding of sea power and other issues critical to national defense. Your membership ensures that the Naval Institute carries on its vital mission as The Independent Forum of the Sea Services – a place where free and independent debate may flourish.  Visit booth 1219 for a free copy of Proceedings or Naval History magazine and to learn about membership opportunities and to meet authors who will inscribe your books.

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

Dress Code
All East: Joint Warfighting events are business attire. Military personnel are encouraged to wear the appropriate uniform of the day for all events.

Attendees with Special Needs

AFCEA and the U.S. Naval Institute support the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Attendees with special needs should call (703) 631-6238.

Where is EAST: Joint Warfighting?
All events will take place in the Virginia Beach, VA Convention Center. For more information click here.

How much does it cost to attend the East Joint Warfighting Conference?
Registration is free for military/government. Registration fees can be found HERE.

How do I register for the East Joint Warfighting Conference?
Click here for on-line registration.

EAST: Joint Warfighting Conference Registration Center:

Phone: (703) 449-6418

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 East Joint Warfighting Registration Center at (703) 449-6418 or

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

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

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

How do I submit a speaker or topic suggestion?

You may submit a speaker or topic suggestion by clicking here.

What is the deadline for submitting a speaker or topic?

AFCEA is accepting speaker/topic proposals through April 3.

Will I hear back on my submission of a speaker or topic?

You will only hear back from us if we choose your spaeker or topic, otherwise you will not hear back from us on your submission.


Events like EAST: Joint Warfighting 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.



Photography/Videography/Audio Recording Policy

Attendees are not permitted to photograph, record, or videotape any portion of the EAST: Joint Warfighting proceedings. Working members of the press are required to check in at the press desk at registration, in order to photograph and/or videotape at the show. No other photography, audio recording, or videography is permitted. 
Exhibit personnel may photograph and/or videotape only their personnel and equipment within the confines of their booth.
Failure to comply with this policy shall result in confiscation of devices or material and administrative action under applicable government guidelines.
Attendees understand that AFCEA and the U.S. Naval Institute and their authorized representatives (Show Management) may conduct interviews and may take photographs and/or videotape in any part of the West conference and exhibit hall. These photographs, videos and recordings are for use by Show Management in publications or other media material produced for the purposes of conference promotion including, but not limited to: brochures, invitations, books, newspapers, magazines, television, websites, etc.  Attendees' and exhibitors' registration grants Show Management permission and consent for use of this photography and video.


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