Frequently Asked



What Is West 2010?
The Western Conference and Exposition (West 2010) is the largest event on the West Coast for communications, electronics, intelligence, information systems, imaging, military weapon systems, aviation, shipbuilding, and more. This is a one-of-a-kind forum featuring 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!


What Is 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. For more information visit or call (800) 233-8764 or (410) 268-6110.


What Is AFCEA?
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. For more information visit or call (800) 336-4583, ext. 6158 or (703) 631-6158.


Who Attends West?
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


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

  • Panel Sessions
  • Plenary Sessions
  • DoN CIO Sessions
  • Exposition

The following programs/events require paid tickets:

  • Luncheon addresses
  • Dessert Breaks
  • USS Midway Event
  • Professional Development Courses

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


How do I register for West 2010?
To register online, click here.


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 West Registration Center at (703) 449-6418 or


How can I exhibit at West?
For exhibit information, click here or contact:

West 2010 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 West 2010?
The event will take place at the San Diego, California Convention Center. For more information click here.


What is the dress code?
All West 2010 events are business dress. Military personnel are encouraged to wear duty uniform.


Can I earn reserve credits for attending West 20109?
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.


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:
West 2010 Registration Center
Phone: (703) 449-6418