About WEST Conference
The premier naval conference and exposition on the West Coast, WEST is now in its 33rd year of bringing military and industry leaders together. Co-sponsored by AFCEA International and the U.S. Naval Institute, WEST is the only event in which the makers of platforms and the designers of technologies can network, discuss and demonstrate their solutions in a single locale.
One recurring highlight of WEST is the chance to hear from the Sea Service Chiefs - the Chief of Naval Operations, the Marine Corps Commandant and the Coast Guard Commandant. In addition to the main program, WEST offers three Engagement Theaters: Marine, General, and Information Warfare. These smaller, more intimate venues allow military, government and industry professionals to drill deeper into specific topics and issues. More information about WEST speakers and panel presentations is available online.
WEST Frequently Asked Questions
Who attends WEST?
When and where does WEST take place?
Visiting the Exhibit Hall
Are there any age restrictions in the exhibit hall?
What Health and Safety Policies are in Place?
When will WEST take place in the future?
Who to Contact?
What is the Conference Theme?
Registration & Program Questions
How do I register?
Where can I find the Conference Agenda?
Where can i find housing information?
Can I earn reserve credits for attending WEST?
Are there professional development opportunities?
Where do I pick up my badge?
Know Before You Go
Transportation and Parking
Who should I contact if I need assistance at the conference?
What is the recommended attire?
Photography/Videography/Audio Recording Policy
Exhibiting & Sponsor Information
How can I exhibit and/or sponsor?
What should i budget for?
What additional resources are available?
Are attendee Lists Provided to third parties?
Prepare to be Aware
Conferences present opportunities for America's adversaries to target U.S. government employees, academia, defense industry and other personnel to collect our critical information. Be a hard target! Use good OPSEC practices to protect yourself and your organization's mission.
- Be aware of your surroundings when discussing sensitive unclassified critical information during the conference and after hours, in common/public areas (e.g. social gatherings, networking mixers, etc.).
- Be suspicious of strangers. Even though they sound like they belong at the conference, don't assume they are there for the same purpose as you.
- Use caution when sharing information with someone you don't know. Ask others to confirm a person's identity before sharing critical information about your organization's past, ongoing or future operations/activities/events. Protect your personal information, such as your room number and daily schedule. Don't give out your business cards freely, particularly when outside the United States. Remember, phishing is still the #1 adversary threat vector into your personal and government computers/devices/networks.
- If you use a laptop or other portable electronic device (personal or government-owned), use it cautiously. Disable the Bluetooth and WLAN/Wi-Fi connections when not in use, and if you use this type of connectivity, understand that you may expose personal and work-related critical information to an adversary. Be especially cautious when using unencrypted/unsecure WLAN/Wi-Fi hotspots.
BE SMART! BE SAFE! PRACTICE GOOD OPSEC!
AFCEA/USNI and SPARGO, Inc. encourage you to be aware of organizations who claim to have access to the WEST 2023 Attendee list, as they may try to sell this list to you. Please note neither AFCEA/USNI or SPARGO distributes an attendee list and DO NOT offer list rental services. Also, be aware companies other than WEST 2023 Official Hotels may contact you and indicate that they are affiliated with WEST 2023 and claim to offer hotels at 'reduced' rates. These companies are not affiliated in any way with AFCEA/USNI and it is highly recommended that you do not use their services.