West Coverage

January 25, 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

West 2012 Online Show Daily: Day 1

Quote of the day: “It’s going to be a very grim picture if that occurs—very grim.”—Vice Adm. William E. Gortney, USN, director, the Joint Staff, discussing proposed draconian defense budget cuts.

January 26, 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

West 2012 Online Show Daily: Day 2

Quote of the day: “We’ve entered a new budget environment where you can have anything you want, but you can’t have everything. You have to make the choices.” —Lt. Gen. George J. Flynn, USMC, director, J-7, the Joint Staff

Friday, January 27, 2012
Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

West 2012 Online Show Daily: Day 3

Quote of the day: ““We have become the Department of War. We must revitalize our economy and stop using our military instrument as long and as hard as we have been.”—Undersecretary of the Navy Robert O. Work

January 28, 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

From the battlespace to the boardroom, the way of doing things in the past is passé.

Quote of the Day:
“Adaptability often is viewed as a responsive act. However, adaptability and preparation are inexorably linked.”—Alfred Grasso, president and chief executive officer, the MITRE Corporation

January 27, 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

Wednesday, January 26, 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

Predicting the next conflict takes a back seat to flexible planning.

February 2, 2010
Robert K. Ackerman

Every type of sociological, economic and military transformation is creating exponentially greater uncertainties.

February 3, 2010
By Maryann Lawlor and Robert K. Ackerman

The how may be more elusive than the funding for it.

February 4, 2010
By Robert K. Ackerman and Maryann Lawlor

But much remains to be done as the service adjusts to a new era.

All the chief of naval operations did on the last day of West 2010 was describe the future U.S. Navy and its top requirements. Adm. Gary Roughead, USN, told an overflow audience at the three-day event’s final luncheon that the Navy will be built around information, in both technology and practice.

“Our way forward must be centered on information and how we use it,” Adm. Roughead declared.

February 7, 2008

WEST 2008 Online Show Daily
Day 2
By Robert K. Ackerman

 
Adm. James G. Stavridis, USN, commander of the U.S. Southern Command, introduces the Wednesday luncheon audience at West 2008 to the serious challenges in his area of operation. 

February 8, 2008

West 2008 Online Show Daily
Day 3
By Robert K. Ackerman

 
Gen. James T. Conway, USMC, commandant of the Marine Corps, speaker at the Fast-track Breakfast Address on the final day of West 2008.

January 2007
By Robert K. Ackerman

SIGNAL’s Online Show Daily
West 2007
Day 1

Quote of the Day:
“Our domestic United States is now a battleground.”
                   
—Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.

February 2007
By Robert K. Ackerman

SIGNAL's Online Show Daily
West 2007
Day 2

Quote of the Day:
“It’s all about moving to the Web.”
      
—Dave Wennergren, deputy assistant secretary of defense (information technology and management), deputy Defense Department chief information officer.

 

February 2005
By Robert K. Ackerman

Quote of the Day:
“Maritime situational awareness is an idea whose time has come.”
    
—U.S Pacific Fleet Commander Adm. Walter F. Doran, USN.

 

February 2005
By Robert K. Ackerman

Quote of the Day:
“This war will test our resolve to defend and encourage freedom around the world.”
     
—Adm. Timothy J. Keating, USN, commander of the U.S. Northern Command

 

February 2005
By Robert K. Ackerman

Quote of the Day:
“There is no going back—transformation is here to stay.”
    
—Vice Adm. Arthur K. Cebrowski, USN (Ret.).

 

Quote of the Day:

"Here we are in a world where Moore’s Law has technologies moving at the speed of light, but acquisition is moving at the speed of a fast-moving turtle."

 Adm. Vern Clark, USN, chief of naval operations.