SIGNAL Coverage: West 2020

Real-time coverage from WEST 2020, including blog posts, news and photos, all in one place. SIGNAL provides highlights and breaking news from speakers and panelists.

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Is the Navy Missing the Boat with AI?

WEST 2020 panelists discuss AI. Photo by Michael Carpenter

Machine learning or autonomous capabilities need data and access to data to be successful.


Aligning Acquisition and Sustainment for a New Era

Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment Ellen M. Lord, who spoke to WEST attendees via video link, meets key staff members of the Combined Joint Task Force–Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Desmond Cassell

The Defense Department is making inroads in improving its contracting processes, its top acquisition leader says.


Holding Back China’s Conquest of the South China Sea

Panelists at WEST 2020 examine how to stand up to China's South China Sea aggression. Photo by Michael Carpenter

Pay now or pay later: nations must agree on measured steps to prevent China from annexing territory in the South China Sea.


VIDEO: Digital Twins Offer Navy New Efficiencies

SIGNAL Magazine interviews Pat Sullivan, NAVWAR executive director, during WEST 2020.

The Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR) aims to shave years off development and training times.


Credible Deterrence Needed to Stop China

Adm. Philip S. Davidson, USN, commander, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, warns of Chinese aggression in his Tuesday keynote luncheon address at WEST 2020. Photo by Michael Carpenter

Establishing joint and coalition training ranges across the vast Indo-Pacific region may be vital to establishing a credible deterrent against Chinese aggression.


Acquisition Wields Its Touch on Modernization

Panelists discuss acquisition and requirements at WEST 2020. Photo by Michael Carpenter

Acquisition offers several options for modernization and innovation.


Keys to Building High Performing Teams

Individuals from industry and government share their expertise on building high performing teams at AFCEA West: (l-r) Brandon J. Lester; J. Michael Whelan; Joe Rohner; Cayley Rice, Ph.D.; and Stephanie D. Tharp. Photo by Michael Carpenter

Team culture and staff attitude and aptitude are factors.


RAVEN Takes Flight

Vice Adm. Brian Brown, USN, commander, Naval Information Forces, speaks at WEST 2020. Photo by Michael Carpenter

The Navy is building off of the initial success of its key readiness data environment.


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Navy Sets New Course for Information Technology

The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt transits the Pacific Ocean with the USS Russell and the USS Paul Hamilton. The U.S. Navy is facing several challenges as it strives to modernize its information technology across the breadth of its sea and land assets.  U.S. Navy photo

Long-discussed cybersecurity issues such as cultural attitudes, innovation and supply chain vulnerability are now at the top of the U.S. Navy’s IT action list.


Information Warfare Platform Goes to Sea

The amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) departs Naval Base Norfolk. It will be one of two ships to initially carry the Information Warfare Platform to sea. Photographer’s Mate 1st Class Shawn Eklund/U.S. Navy​

Before the end of the fiscal year, the Navy intends to deliver an early version of the IWP to two ships before fielding more comprehensive systems.


Marine Systems That Help Command

A U.S. Marine with 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, fast ropes from a MV-22B Osprey during drills in November at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Technologies fielded by the service’s Command Element Systems must be lightweight and effective for expeditionary forces.  U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Matthew Kirk, USMC

A Marine Corps of the future with a “reinvigorated Fleet Marine Force” and a strong Marine Expeditionary Force requires robust command and control and other advanced communications.


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