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SPAWAR Speaker Series Key Attraction at WEST 2012

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS120127-14

By By Tina C. Stillions, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) provided a full line-up of speakers as part of the largest defense and technology exhibition on the West Coast at the San Diego Convention Center, Jan. 24-26.

The SPAWAR speaker series covered a variety of topics, including the Navy's data center consolidation initiative, the Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) program and SPAWAR's role as the Navy's single technical authority for command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I).

"This conference brings together talented people from around the fleet and industry to discuss the way ahead for the Navy's information dominance vision," said Rear Adm. Patrick Brady, SPAWAR commander. "These types of panel discussions and professional engagements encourage the incubation of new ideas and opportunities."

During his session, Brady reflected on command priorities over the past year and provided insight into his goals for SPAWAR in the coming year. He highlighted the past year's focus to support the fleet while aligning efforts with 10th Fleet and the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance to help SPAWAR realize its potential as the Navy's information dominance systems command. Brady outlined his priorities for the coming year as keeping the fleet ready to fight and building information dominance technical authority into the Navy's information technology portfolio. He also emphasized the need to focus on work that is integral to the Navy's future.

Among SPAWAR leadership participating at the conference were Rear Adm. Jerry Burroughs, program executive officer for C4I, Rob Wolborsky, SPAWAR's chief technology officer and Capt. DJ LeGoff, tactical networks program manager for CANES.

LeGoff agreed that the SPAWAR speaker series was the right venue for encouraging dialogue between government and industry.

"I think the series provided a great opportunity to meet with industry and talk about the fleet's future requirements," said LeGoff. "Because of our acquisition process, we don't always get the kind of feedback we need to provide better capability to the warfighter."

Co-sponsored by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) and the U.S. Naval Institute, AFCEA West 2012 featured exhibits from 400 technology leaders and discussions by leading military experts.

West 2012 organizers acknowledged the value of the SPAWAR speaker series.

"The SPAWAR speaker series brought greater insights into the workings of a tremendous government organization and gave business a better appreciation of the complexity and yet opportunities to serve our government," said John A. Dubia, executive vice president AFCEA International. "The speakers were able to better explain in greater detail what they do for our men and women in uniform."

Attendance was up at this year's conference. According to Toby Jackson, director of marketing and public relations for AFCEA International, more than 9,000 attendees passed through the door. The SPAWAR speaker series had 16 speakers throughout the three-day conference, with an estimated 50 to 100 attendees per session.

"The SPAWAR speaker series was a chance to sharpen the saw and to learn the current status of programs, focus areas and future projections," said Virginia Bayer, a defense acquisition teacher at the Naval Postgraduate School and speaker series attendee. "It provided a rare opportunity to hear information personally and directly from leadership."

As the Navy's information dominance systems command, SPAWAR designs, develops and deploys advanced communications and information capabilities. With more than 8,900 active duty military and civil service professionals located around the world and close to the fleet, SPAWAR is at the forefront of research, engineering, acquisition and support services that provide vital decision superiority to our forces at the right time and for the right cost.

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