New Tech Means New Acquisition Strategies for DoD

With more and more battles being fought in cyberspace, the pace of warfare has accelerated. However, the systems that support our warfighter were not designed to support the speed or types of products and services needed for modern defense. This year's AFCEA West Conference is focused on ensuring acquisition and readiness are on pace to meet global security demands. Ensuring our warfighters get the tools they need when they need them is a critical effort requiring evolution and reform of defense acquisition.

Improved Private Sector Coordination

A congressional hearing in late 2023 discussed the need for the Department of Defense (DoD) to tap into the innovation taking place in the private sector to stay competitive with global adversaries. A draft of the national defense industrial strategy stated that the defense industrial base "does not possess the capacity, capability, responsiveness, or resilience required to satisfy the full range of military production needs at speed and scale." Continue reading

Innovation: How Do We Get It In a Military Bureaucracy? Video from AFCEA/USNI 2013 West

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Recorded January 30, 2013
AFCEA/USNI West 2013 Conference Panel

"Innovation: How Do We Get It In a Military Bureaucracy?"
Moderated by The Honorable Jay M. Cohen, Principal, The Chertoff Group, former Under Secretary for Science and Technology, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and former Chief of Naval Research, Department of the Navy.


  • Mr. Matthew E. Gaston, Director, Software Engineering Institute Innovation Center
  • RADM Matthew L. Klunder, USN, Chief of Naval Research/Director, Innovation, Technology Requirements, and Test & Evaluation
  • RADM Terry B. Kraft, USN, Commander, Navy Warfare Development Command
  • MajGen Kenneth F. McKenzie, Jr., USMC, USMC Representative to the Quadrennial Defense Review

"Innovation: How Do We Get it in a Military Bureaucracy?"

AFCEA WEST- A True Value Added!

Originally posted by Chris Scott on CTOvision

I just got back from my annual pilgrimage to San Diego where I hang out with all my favorite defense contractors to learn all-things-Navy and all-things-SPAWAR (West). As usual, it was an extremely productive trip where I was able to bundle multiple meetings into a short time because EVERYONE I knew was there! Despite concerns about the travel restrictions that DoD faces, AFCEA was able to pull off a meaningful event full of informative sessions.

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DON IT Conference Cancelled

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In response to DoD and DON guidance, the DON IT Conference, West Coast 2013 has been cancelled. The conference was scheduled for Jan. 28-30, 2013, at the San Diego Convention Center. Please cancel all travel and lodging reservations as soon as possible.

The AFCEA West Conference, scheduled for Jan. 29-31, 2013, at the San Diego Convention Center will still take place. ...

Several senior DoD and DON leaders are scheduled to appear as speakers and panel participants. Local commands are encouraged to attend when no travel costs will be incurred.