Justify Your Participation
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 (Ret.), 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.
Due to sequestration and our desire to help enable Government and Military Employee participation, AFCEA International and the U.S. Naval Institute have updated their event attendance guidelines. It is the opinion of AFCEA International and the U.S. Naval Institute that in accordance with 5 CFR 2635.203(b)(4), all Government employees (including military personnel) may attend this event at no cost and may accept meals and refreshments available to all Government employees at a nominal charge. This opinion is based on the fact that the conference is open to all Federal employees with an interest in the subject matter.
Employees who wish to attend this conference should seek approval from their supervisor or ethics counselor and ensure that free attendance and nominal meal charges at this conference have been approved.