Special Events


ComDef West 2012: "Architecture for Coalition Cooperation"

  • Tuesday, January 24

TechExpo Career Fair


Take Me Out to the Ballgame! *

Reception and Softball Game at PETCO Park, Home of the San Diego Padres

Tuesday, January 24
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

featuring the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team

Sport your favorite team wear!

* Ticket required. Click here for ticket prices. You can purchase tickets during the registration process.

Photo courtesy of http://sandiego.padres.mlb.com

Enjoy a casual evening of networking with the best of ballpark food and atmosphere.  PETCO Park is spectacular in every way, combining the best sight lines in baseball with breathtaking views of San Diego. Architecturally magnificent, it celebrates the sea, the sky, the natural beauty, cultural diversity and unique spirit of our region. Innovative design features evoke the timeless traditions of baseball in an intimate setting.

The highlight of the evening will be a softball game - featuring West VIPs versus the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team!





ComDef 2012: "Key Enablers for Joint and Coalition Success"

Monday, January 23 and Tuesday, January 24

Building on the successful ComDef West 2011, where 25 nations participated with the United States in a lively and informative presentation and Q&A format, ComDef West returns to San Diego to provide further insight, discussions and networking for government, military, academia and industry with an Asia Pacific emphasis . The goals for the upcoming ComDef West are as follows:

  • Provide an overview and status report of the leading initiatives and programs designed to facilitate Coalition effectiveness
  • Understand the budgetary implications of not engaging in international cooperation
  • Determine key enablers for Cooperation to work
  • Identify the proposed areas for future cooperation
  • Identify the key industry partners and personalities
  • Highlight successful interoperability activities and draw out their determinants
  • Network with colleagues with shared concerns


TechExpo Career Fair

Tuesday, January 24

TECHEXPO Top Secret is the Nation's premiere producer of professional job fairs for Security-Cleared professionals. TechExpoUSA.com serves as the country's leading online career center, where the finest defense contractors, technology companies, consulting firms and numerous agencies of the US Government can virtually recruit and hire experienced cleared professionals.


SPAWAR Speaker Series

Exhibit Floor, Booth 1147

Tuesday, January 24

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

JTRS Enterprise Business Model

CAPT Jeff Hoyle, USN
JPEO JTRS Industry Engagement Manager

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Better Buying Power

CAPT Scott Hoffman, USN

SPAWAR Deputy Director for Contracts

11:30 a.m. - Noon

Delivering Integrated Communications - The Future, the Challenge

RADM Jerry Burroughs, USN
Program Executive Officer for C4I

1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Minimizing Total Ownership Costs while Delivering Innovative Capabilities to the Fleet

Pat Sullivan

PEO C4I Executive Director

2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Navy's Data Center Consolidation Initiative

Rob Wolborsky

SPAWAR Chief Technology Officer

2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

SPAWAR BMD efforts: an example of real-world system-of-systems capability

CAPT Joe Beel, USN

SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific Commanding Officer

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Communications and GPS Migration/Roadmap

Vince Squitieri

PEO C4I, Communications Program Manager (PMW 170)

3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

SAILOR 2.1 Demonstration

Margaret Fellenbaum

SPAWAR Acquisition Integrated Logistics Online Repository (SAILOR) Program Manager

Wednesday, January 25
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Single Technical Authority for C4I - The Challenge

RDML James Rodman, USN
SPAWAR Chief Engineer

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Foreign Military Sales

Joe Orechovesky

PEO C4I, International C4I Integration Deputy Program Manager (PMW 740)


10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) and Naval Networks


PEO C4I, Tactical Networks Program Manager (PMW 160)

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Navy Information Dominance Way Ahead

RADM Patrick Brady, USN
SPAWAR Commander

1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.


BG Michael E. Williamson, USA
Joint Program Executive Officer for the Joint Tactical Radio System

2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

SPAWAR Systems Center Overview

CAPT Mark Glover and CAPT Joe Beel
SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic and Pacific Commanding Officers

4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Sea Warrior Program Overview

Laura Knight
Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems, Sea Warrior Program Manager (PMW 240)

Thursday, January 26
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Sea Warrior Program Overview

Laura Knight
Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems, Sea Warrior Program Manager (PMW 240)

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Technology Trends in Navy C4ISR
Lee Zimmerman

SPAWAR National Competency Lead for Net-Centric Engineering and Integration



Engagement Theater Presentations

Exhibit Floor, End of 600 Aisle

AFCEA International and the U.S. Naval Institute offered the major commands in the greater San Diego area the opportunity to make 50-minute presentations at WEST in a special theater set up on the exhibit floor. These are opportunities for the commands to brief the attendees on subjects of their choice.


Tuesday, January 24

10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

Defense Support of Civil Authorities - an enduring mission
LCDR Todd Stansfield, USN

Presenting an overview of THIRD Fleet efforts in support of regional disaster planning on the West Coast and communications and information technology challenges associated with disaster response efforts.

11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

RIMPAC 2012: the World's Largest Multi-national Naval Exercise

LCDR Benjamin Dalton, RAN
With over 40 ships, 200 aircraft, several submarines and 1200 troops, the 23rd iteration of the "Rim of the Pacific" exercise will be the largest multinational event held on record. Twenty-one nations will diverge on Hawaii between June and August this year to plan and execute an integrated naval, air and land campaign against a simulated foreign adversary.

Wednesday, January 25
9:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.

Ground Robotics - Intelligent Navigation In Unstructured Environments,
Martin Machniak, SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific, Division Head for Advanced Systems and Applied Sciences

Mr. Machniak will discuss current ground robotics technology and the challenge of Robot control and navigation using teleoperation and challenges posed by terrain differences effecting operational shift from Iraq to Afghanistan. He will also discuss current technology efforts to build in semi-proximal/proximal autonomy.

10:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.


Col Brennan T. Byrne, USMC, I MEF AC/S G-3, 1st MEB Chief of Staff

2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

Cyber Security CEUs  AFCEA, CompTIA and Cypherpath LLC,
Sheila McCoy, Director, AFCEA PDC

Representative will outline a program to help sustain DoD 8570.01-M credentials through continuing education.

Thursday, January 26

10:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

Naval Aviation Enterprise
CAPT Mike Warriner, USN (Ret.)
The Naval Aviation Enterprise: A Navy and Marine Corps partnership leading Naval Aviation into the future in a fiscally constrained environment.




Financial Seminars

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FREE - Open to all West 2012 attendees; no separate registration is necessary.


Tuesday, January 24, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

and Wednesday, January 25, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

5 Simple Secrets to Maximizing Your Post 9-11 GI Bill Benefits


The new Post 9-11 GI Bill is a powerful education tool for veterans, service members and - thanks to the new transfer feature - a service member's spouse and/or children. Unfortunately, some of the information "on the street" is not accurate and is leading service members to make critical mistakes in making the best use of this wonderful new benefit.


Please join us for a fast-paced 90-minute educational session by one of the country's leading Post 9-11 GI Bill authorities that will cover:


  • The "must know" basics of the Post 9-11 GI Bill
  • 3 GI Bill transfer mistakes that can cost you a bundle (and how to avoid them)
  • How the new GI Bill works if you have MGIB, VEAP or Vietnam-era GI Bill benefits
  • Developing your step-by-step action plan to using the Post 9-11GI Bill


We have extensive Q & A time built into the presentation, so don't miss the chance to get your Post 9-11 GI Bill questions answered!



Tuesday, January 24, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

and Wednesday, January 25, 9:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

The Four Pillars of Successful Retirement


How much can I spend each year from my retirement accounts?  What is the best retirement income source to tap first? How do I structure my investments before retirement? When should I take Social Security?  With the current financial crisis, answering these questions is key for long-term financial success.  This high-impact seminar looks at four key components of building a successful retirement plan, even in difficult financial times.  We will explore the integration of military/federal civilian retired pay, Social Security, the TSP, private sector 401(k)s and IRAs to create a retirement income stream that you can live with.



Presenter: W. G. “Bud” Schneeweis, CFP®, CSA

Director, Benefits Information and Financial Education
Military Officers Association of America



Satellite Industry Association Naval & Maritime SATCOM Users' Workshop

Wednesday, January 25

The Satellite Industry Association (SIA) will hold its Naval & Maritime Commercial SATCOM Users’ Workshop on Wednesday, January 25, 2012. The Workshop brings together leaders from Naval and the Maritime services with satellite industry executives to explore the satellite requirements and challenges unique to the Navy, Coast Guard and Marines. Join U.S. Government participants from the DoD Combatant Commands, Services and agencies, as well as commercial satellite operators, service providers, ground equipment suppliers, and manufacturers. Past briefers include: AFRICOM, EUCOM, SOCOM, SOUTHCOM, STRATCOM, CENTCOM, TRANSCOM, OSD/NII, DISA, NSSO, Army, Marine Corp, White House Communications Agency, SPAWAR, and many, many more. Topics included in this year’s agenda include: Briefs on the Navy’s SATCOM strategy, field requirements, Airborne SATCOM for maritime services, foreign military perspectives, and terminal technology developments.

Veterans' Retraining Initiative

Thursday, January 26

8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Veteran Panel: “What do successful Veterans say about their transition?”
Moderator:  SgtMaj Jean-Paul Courville, USMC

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Employer Panel: “What employers are looking for”
Moderator:  CAPT Tom Hammons, USN (Ret.), Navy Network (NAVNET)

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Job Fair

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Seminar:  How to start your own Internet/Web business

Guest Speaker: Mr. Chris Murch, Director, Military Outreach, Global Domains International

former USMC Captain and Graduate, U.S. Naval Academy 1983


Spouse Symposium & Career Fair 2012:“Keeping a Career on the Move”
Thursday, January 26

Co-produced by the Military Officers Association of America and Blue Star Families, this is the preeminent event for military spouses. Whether you’re looking for a job now or preparing for a future career you’ll find workshops, experts and employers who can help. Sponsored by TriWest Healthcare Alliance and held in conjunction with West 2012, the event is free and open to all military spouses. Service members and veterans are also welcome.