WEST 2014 Wraps Up with Town Hall Address

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Story Number: NNS140214-18Release Date: 2/14/2014 1:25:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Derek Stroop, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The Western Conference and Exposition wrapped up at the San Diego Convention Center, Feb. 13 with a town hall address featuring service chiefs from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Marine Corps.

The conference, co-sponsored by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) and the U.S. Naval Institute, is themed, "Shaping Maritime Strategy: How Do We Make It Work?"

Gen. James F. Amos, commandant, U.S. Marine Corps; Coast Guard Adm. Robert J. Papp, commandant, U.S. Coast Guard; and U.S. Navy Adm. Mark E. Ferguson, vice chief of naval operations wrapped up the conference with a town hall address entitled, "What Do the Sea Service Leaders Want to See in a New Maritime Strategy?"

In the address, Ferguson re-emphasized the importance of new technologies and strategies hitting the fleet.

"I think Sailors are going to see several things over the next few years as we implement the maritime strategy," said Ferguson. "We are going to distribute the fleet so that 60 percent of our assets are going to the Pacific. You're going to start to see new platforms like the Joint High Speed Vessel, littoral combat ships and an afloat forward staging base."

The conference wrapped up with a discussion of the changing security environment. This includes the increasing importance of cyber space, dealing with increased regional conflict and the changing nature of the U.S. fiscal position.

"I am confident our leaders have this for action," said Gunner's Mate 1st Class James Chen, a Seattle native. "I have been here the last two days, and I have only seen positive interaction and discussion from the press, government and industry leaders."

WEST 2014 is the largest event of the West Coast for communications, electronics, intelligence, information systems and more. Military, government, industry and academic professionals attend informed discussion panels of critical issues, products and services for the field.

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