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Transformation Warfare Conference Brings Military, Industry Leaders Together

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Story Number: NNS070622-28
Release Date: 6/22/2007 3:10:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Remus E. Borisov, Fleet Public Affairs Center Atlantic

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) and U.S. Naval Institute (USNI) sponsored Transformation Warfare 2007 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, June 19 to 21 to address the theme “Reconstituting and Reinventing the Force.”

The purpose of Transformation Warfare is to bring together government, military and industry to discuss the hot issues in the defense community. This first East Coast conference is a complement to the popular AFCEA-USNI conference held each year in San Diego and is widely regarded as the premier venue for engaging the military and industry leaders who are shaping the nation's military strategies.

Nearly 2,000 visitors viewed more than 120 defense and information technology exhibits as well as a job fair, a Navy Small Business conference and a Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) Military Spouse Symposium.

Five panel sessions gave attendees an opportunity to question experts one-on-one about the latest policy and technology issues on topics including: warfighters’ needs; recruiting, training and retention; limited resources versus high costs of war; acquisition process reform and the future of legacy systems.

Featured speakers included retired Army Gen. John Abizaid, former Commander U.S. Central Command; Rob Carey, Department of the Navy chief information officer; Air Force Gen. Ronald Keys, Commander Air Combat Command; Marine Lt. Gen. Keith Stalder, Commanding General II Marine Expeditionary Force; and Army Lt. Gen. John Wood, Deputy Commander U.S. Joint Forces Command.

One panel session themed “What do Warfighters Need Now and in the Future?” included panelists from the Navy, Air Force, Army, Marines and the Royal Navy.

“The goal must be to achieve unity of effort among many diverse agencies in a complex environment,” said Army Maj. Gen. John P. McLaren Jr., Vice Commander Joint Warfighting Center/Deputy Joint Force Trainer at U.S. Joint Forces Command and panel moderator, when discussing the topic of unified action.

“We have to provide opportunities to train together, to operate together and we have to ensure that we save money by not physically bringing everybody together to do that,” McLaren continued.

Joint operations, a theme discussed at panels during the conference, were of interest to representatives of countries in the coalition.

“Today, I serve in the best Navy in which I have ever served. The men and women that we have serving our country alongside our great partner the United States Marine Corps are truly extraordinary individuals and are doing great work in many, many different places,” said Adm. Gary Roughead, Commander U.S. Fleet Forces (CFFC) Command during his luncheon address.

Roughead spoke about the status of the Navy and what he sees as his job in building a better fleet and ensuring readiness.

“The opportunity we [FFC] have to man, train and equip our forces, the componency responsibilities I have to [U.S.] Northern Command for homeland defense; [U.S.] Strategic Command for network operations and to [U.S.] Joint Forces Command, especially the area of global force management, really gives me and affords the Fleet Forces Command staff [the chance] to shape the Navy and the way we are moving into the future,” Roughead said.

The conference also included a Military Spouse Symposium which brought together spouses of all services and generations to network and discuss issues they all share in dealing with the military lifestyle. The one-day seminar included talks about Building Leadership in Military Spouses and Understanding Today’s Generation of Military Spouses and a speech by Doro Bush Koch, daughter of former President George H. W. Bush and author of “My Father, My President: A Personal Account of the Life of George H.W. Bush.”

AFCEA International is a non-profit membership association serving the military, government, industry and academia as an ethical forum for advancing professional knowledge and relationships in the fields of communications, information technology, intelligence and global security.

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