West 2013 Coverage

January 29, 2013
By Robert K. Ackerman

Amid all the concern about how the military will be cutting back severely across the board, cyber stands alone as one area that almost certainly will see spending increases. Robert O. Work, undersecretary of the Navy, told a packed keynote luncheon audience at AFCEA/USNI West 2013 in San Diego that cyber is one area that continues to grow in importance.

Saying that cyber today is like atomic warfare was in the 1950s—“all over the place” with regard to doctrine—he stated that the Navy is increasing funding in cybersecurity and cyber forces. These forces will become all the more important as other forces are cut back.

January 29, 2013
By Robert K. Ackerman

The key to doing more with less may lie with innovative thinking applied to existing assets, suggested the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., USN, speaking to a packed house for the morning keynote address at AFCEA/USNI West 2013 in San Diego, said that both the military and industry must be innovative in their approach to readiness.

Adm. Winnefeld cited examples of how innovative applications could enhance existing assets. He mentioned how the littoral combat ship could be adapted for use in missions beyond those for which it originally was designed. The admiral also called for inexpensive, highly adaptive electronics pods for unmanned aerial vehicles.

January 29, 2013
By Robert K. Ackerman

A list of national security needs will be serving as the template for how the new defense force will be designed in the time of budgetary constraints, said the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Speaking to a packed house at the morning keynote address at AFCEA/USNI West 2013 in San Diego, Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., USN, told the audience that this list must be the decision basis for a force that can operate with reduced funding.

These criteria include elements for ensuring the survival of the nation; ensuring the security of the global economic structure; preventing catastrophic attacks on the United States; protecting allies; protecting Americans abroad; and protecting universal values.

January 29, 2013

Industry is a key player in the Defense Department’s effort to adjust to harsh budget cuts, according to the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., USN, told members of industry how vital their firms are and how they must meet some key criteria to continue to do business with the department.

Speaking to a packed house at the morning keynote address at AFCEA/USNI West 2013 in San Diego, Adm. Winnefeld said that “industry is part of our total force.” Accordingly, it must help the department discover and apply innovative solutions to do more with less.

January 29, 2013
By Robert K. Ackerman

The sequestration crisis that hits in March is the first budgetary “wolf” that menaces national defense, according to Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., USN, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Speaking to a packed house at the morning keynote address at AFCEA/USNI West 2013 in San Diego, Adm. Winnefeld declared that, “It is becoming increasingly apparent that this wolf is going to catch us,” and he warned that the military will have to “jettison some cargo” to ward off the wolf.

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