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Conference Highlights Expeditionary Warfare Partnerships

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS111028-02

From Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Public Affairs

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (NNS) -- Navy officials spoke at the 16th annual National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Expeditionary Warfare Conference at Panama City, Fla., Oct. 24-27.

The event provided a venue for the Department of Defense and industry representatives to address issues relative to this year's theme, "Integrating Future and Present Capabilities."

Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD), a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), the Navy's Expeditionary Warfare Directorate (N85), and other Navy representatives highlighted the goals, objectives and requirements outlined by the Chief of Naval Operation's Sailing Directions throughout the conference.

Additionally, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Expeditionary Programs and Logistics Management, Brian Detter, spoke about providing required capabilities to forward-deployed forces despite the challenges presented by today's economic constraints, which requires finding faster and more efficient solutions.

"One of the things that have made our country great is our technological edge and investing in research and development," Detter said. "So, it is vitally important to keep pace with, even as budgets continue to tighten."

Detter said America's warfare centers and researchers have historically demonstrated brilliant ingenuity, which has helped America thrive even in times of economic hardship, but sustaining such centers of excellence must remain a priority.

Rear Adm. Jim Shannon, Commander, Naval Surface Warfare Center was optimistic the U.S. Navy and U. S. Marine Corps will continue to meet current requirements and

"Despite today's challenging budget environment, the Naval Sea Systems Command's Warfare Centers must continue to deliver first-rate technical solutions in support of our Navy and Marine Corps," Shannon said. "And, looking ahead in expeditionary warfare, the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division will play a key role in building and sustaining the 21st century technologies needed to stay ahead of any potential adversary."

Maj. Gen. Timothy Hanifen, Director, Expeditionary Warfare spoke about the Navy and Marine Corps posture with respect to today's global challenges.

"The Navy and Marine Corps team have a unifying and unique set of naval capabilities needed by the nation, now and in the future, more than ever. Dialogue and thoughts exchanged throughout the annual Expeditionary Warfare Conference are invaluable and have contributed toward relationships between U.S. and partner nation service members, NDIA, civilians, and industry." said Hanifen.

"We are a Maritime Nation within a Maritime World, and Naval Expeditionary Warfare will continue to integrate present and future capabilities, and in doing so will be able to respond to the challenges of the future," added Hanifen.

NAVSEA supports the Maritime Strategy by helping provide the weapons systems and platforms to equip the naval warfighter. Expeditionary Warfare is the resource sponsor for various systems.

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