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Ready for Today, Modernize for Tomorrow:
How Can We Maintain the Edge?
February 21-23, 2017 ~ San Diego Convention Center

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As a reminder, local area Department of the Navy attendance at WEST 2017 has been approved by Secretary of the Navy.
The DON IT Conference has been approved for Feb. 21-23, 2017, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Ca. Click Here to learn more.


The U.S. Naval Institute provides an independent forum for those who dare to read, think, speak and write to advance the professional, literary and scientific understanding of sea power and other issues critical to global security. Each year, the Institute sponsors a number of essay contests. The winners of three of these contests will be recognized at WEST 2017.

Leadership Essay Contest
Sponsored with Dr. J Phillip London and CACI International

First Prize:
LT John F. Tanalega, USN
“Invest in Initiative”

Second Prize:
LT William Spears, USN
“Integrity Is Not Binary”

Third Prize:
LT Owen E. Brooks, USN
“Wisdom of the Crew”
International Navies Essay Contest
Sponsored with Leonardo

First Prize:
Steven Paget, Ph.D.
“Navies Must Develop a Multinational Mind-set”

Second Prize
James C. Bennett
“All the Queen’s Ships”

Third Prize:
LT Sean P. Quirk, USN
“Asia-Pacific Combined Maritime Forces: An International Naval Response to China”
Cyber Essay Contest
Sponsored with Hewlett Packard Enterprise

First Prize:
James Young
“To Rule the Ether...”

Second Prize:
LT Blake Herzinger, USN
“Cyber Secrecy Undermines Deterrence”

Third Prize:
Elizabeth Whitfield
“Data & Design”