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Event Description and Objective

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.

Event Attendance Guidelines for Government and Military Employees

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.


Registration Fees        

Government/Military/Federally Reimbursed Contractors

(Includes all three days except luncheons; meals available for separate purchase, see below)


Small Business Member

(Defined as employees of companies meeting SBA size standards/Includes all 3 days, luncheons and reception)


Industry Member

(Includes all three days, luncheons and reception)


Industry Non-Member

(Includes all three days, luncheons and reception)


Exhibit Hall Only Pass




Luncheon Tickets

(purchased during the registration process)

Government/Military/Federally Reimbursed Contractors

Luncheon Tickets



Luncheon Tickets



Top 5 Reasons Why you should attend EAST: Joint Warfighting 2013


  1. Hear from the senior military and industry leaders and get your questions answered

  2. Participate in panel discussions
    • Maintaining Command and Control in Contested Ops
    • Understanding  What the New Budgets Numbers Will Mean
    • Striking the Right Balance In Cyber Warfare
    • Conducting True Coalition Ops
    • Listening to the Junior Officers’ Takes on Going Forward
    • Developing the Right Mindset in Tomorrow’s Warfighters
    • Getting the Right Stuff to the Operators Faster

  3. Earn CEUs and maintain your DoD 8570.01-M Credentials

  4. See and touch the best and newest equipment and technologies industry has to offer

  5. Engage and network with speakers, panelists, industry representatives, and other attendees


Who attends EAST: Joint Warfighting?


  • 5651 people attended the 2012 Joint Warfighting Conference

  • Attendees and exhibitors include military, government, and industry 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

  • 2012 Registration Type:
    Attendee     3,783 66%
    DON CIO 867 16%
    Exhibitor 818 14%
    Speaker 18 1%
    Other 165 3%



  • Attendee Company / Organization Description:
    Government/Military    2,534 45%
    Federally Reimbursed Contractor 818 15%
    Industry 1,454 26%
    Speaker 62 1%
    Other 838 13%