General Information

 

As a reminder, local area Department of the Navy attendance at AFCEA/USNI West 2013 has been approved by Under Secretary of the Navy Robert Work.

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.

 

Dress
All West 2013 events are business attire. Military personnel are encouraged to wear the appropriate uniform of the day for all events.


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

 

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
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 930 for free magazines and to interact with authors who will inscribe your new U.S. Naval Institute books.  Free on-line membership extended to Active Duty.

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

 

OPSEC NOTE

 

Conferences like West 2013 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.

                                   

BE SMART!    BE SAFE!   PRACTICE GOOD OPSEC!

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What Is West 2013?
The Western Conference and Exposition (West 2013) 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!

 

Who Attends West 2013?
Military, Government, industry and academic 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 2013?

Please go to the registration fees page.

 

How do I register for West 2013?
Please go to the online registration form.

 

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 westregistration@jspargo.com.

 

I registered for a Professional Development Course (PDC); what does my registration include?

Professional Development Course (PDC) registration includes access to the specific PDC course and general access to West events that are open to all attendees. Lunches, dessert breaks, evening events and PDC Courses (events that are denoted by a * in the schedule) require purchase of tickets.

 

How can I exhibit at West 2013?
For exhibit information, click here or contact:

West 2013 Exposition Management
c/o J. Spargo & Associates
11212 Waples Mill Road, Suite 104
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-631-6200
Fax: 703-818-9177
west@jspargo.com

 

Can I register another way besides online?

Yes, you may register via faxing the following form back to the West Registration Center.

 

Can I register on-site vs. on-line?

Yes, you can register on-site vs. on-line!

 

Are the registration fees different on-line vs. on-site?

Yes, the registration fees on line are less expensive until January 26, 2013.  We encourage you to register early to take advantage of the early bird fees!

 

Where is West 2013?
The event will take place at the San Diego, California Convention Center. For more information click here.

 

What is the dress code?
All West 2013 events are business attire. Military personnel are encouraged to wear duty uniform.

 

Can I earn reserve credits for attending West 2013?
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) 631-6238 or email events@afcea.org

 

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?

November 15 is the dealine for submitting your speaker or topic.

 

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.

 

Photography/Videography/Audio Recording Policy

Attendees are not permitted to photograph, record, or videotape any portion of the West conference 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:
West 2013 Registration Center
Phone: (703) 449-6418
E-mail: westregistration@jspargo.com