Friday, March 13, 2015

WEST 2015: Wednesday, February 11 in Review

USNI's daily coverage of WEST 2015. Click Here to view day two, Wednesday, February 11, 2015.

WEST 2015: Tuesday, February 10 in Review

USNI's daily coverage of WEST 2015. Click Here to view day one, Tuesday, February 10, 2015.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

WEST 2015: Op-Ed from Raytheon Vice President for Navy and Marine Corps Programs

Former U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Richard W. Hunt, Vice President for Navy and Marine Corps Programs at Raytheon, provides insight into the use of technology and innovation in his Op-Ed: "Function is key to new defense innovation push".

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Friday, December 12, 2014

DoD approves Navy to puchase 52 LCS and SSC Ships

The Department of Defense has approved the acquisition of 52 LCS and SSC ships by the Navy.  This final number provides the Navy with 20 additional vessels, compared to 32 ships approved in prior contract negotiations.   

In a statement released by the Department of Defense, Secretary Hagel wrote: “After rigorous review and analysis, today I accepted the Navy's recommendation to build a new small surface combatant (SSC) ship based on upgraded variants of the LCS. The new SSC will offer improvements in ship lethality and survivability, delivering enhanced naval combat performance at an affordable price.” 

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

ADM Michelle J. Howard, USN, Vice Chief of Naval Operations is now confirmed to participate in the Town Hall Session: "What are the Sea Service Leaders' Priorities?" at WEST 2015

ADM Michelle J. Howard, USN, Vice Chief of Naval Operations is now confirmed to participate in the Town Hall Session: "What are the Sea Service Leaders' Priorities?" at WEST 2015.

Admiral Howard is a 1978 graduate of Gateway High School in Aurora, Colorado. She graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1982 and from the Army’s Command and General Staff College in 1998, with a Masters in Military Arts and Sciences.

Howard’s initial sea tours were aboard USS Hunley (AS 31) and USS Lexington (AVT 16). While serving on board Lexington, she received the secretary of the Navy/Navy League Captain Winifred Collins award in May 1987. This award is given to one woman officer a year for outstanding leadership. She reported to USS Mount Hood (AE 29) as chief engineer in 1990 and served in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. She assumed duties as first lieutenant on board the USS Flint (AE 32) in July 1992. In January 1996, she became the executive officer of USS Tortuga (LSD 46) and deployed to the Adriatic in support of Operation Joint Endeavor, a peacekeeping effort in the former Republic of Yugoslavia. Sixty days after returning from the Mediterranean deployment, Tortuga departed on a West African training cruise, where the ship’s Sailors, with embarked Marines and U.S. Coast Guard detachment, operated with the naval services of seven African nations.

About WEST
WEST is the premier Sea Services event focused on operations & strategy in the Asia-Pacific region - showcasing emerging systems, platforms, technologies and networks that will impact all areas of current and future Sea Service operations. Senior leaders will address the theme “Strategy, Budget and Resources Mismatch: Do We Pay More or Promise Less?” 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 25th year, WEST 2015 is co-sponsored by AFCEA International and the U.S. Naval Institute, both non-profit, non-lobbying membership associations. More about WEST...

Monday, November 17, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: DON IT Conference to be held in conjunction with WEST 2015

It's official! The DON IT Conference has been approved and will be held in San Diego, February 10-12, 2015 in conjunction with WEST 2015.  Registration is now open.  Read more on the Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer website:

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Work: Sixty Percent of U.S. Navy and Air Force Will Be Based in Pacific by 2020

More than half of U.S. Air Force and Navy forces will be based in the Asia Pacific by 2020 as part of the Pentagon’s rebalance to the Pacific, Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work said during a Tuesday address at the Council of Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C.

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