Justify Your Participation

Event Description and Objective

The Western Conference and Exposition (WEST 2014) is the largest event on the West Coast for the Sea Services and the contractors that support them. Senior leaders, including the three Sea Service Chiefs, will address “Shaping the Maritime Strategy: How Do We Make It Work?” The timing of WEST 2014 gives active duty U.S. and allied military, government, industry and academia decision-makers the opportunity to engage on multiple levels to discuss the ways, means and ends of the new strategy.  Many related technical sessions are eligible for continuing education units (CEUs) and training credits. Industry will showcase and discuss emerging technologies and equipment that will impact all areas of future Sea Service operations.  Now in its 23rd year, WEST 2014 is co-sponsored by AFCEA International and the U.S. Naval Institute, both non-profit, non-lobbying membership associations. Registration is free for military and government.


Event Attendance Guidelines for Government and Military Employees

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 and reception; 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 revception)


Industry Member

(Includes all three days, luncheons and reception)


Industry Non-Member

(Includes all three days, luncheons and reception)

Exhibit Hall Only Pass


Top 5 Reasons Why you should attend WEST 2014


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

  2. Participate in panel discussions

  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 AFCEA/USNI West 2014?


WEST 2013 – Attendee/Organization Description

WEST 13 Registration Type