WEST 2023 Sponsorship and Branding Opportunities


AFCEA and the U.S. Naval Institute have developed an enhanced sponsorship program for WEST 2023 that will offer maximum visibility to those who participate! What better way to make sure you stand out and increase your exposure than at this foremost event in which industry leaders can learn about military requirements and connect with decision makers and operators, where senior military and government officials can gain feedback from sea service warfighters, and where industry thought leaders will discuss and demonstrate sea service solutions? Sponsorship opportunities are offered at a several investment levels, ensuring your ability to participate.

Browse available options below, or jump to specific categories: Patron Packages, Individual Sponsorships and Advertising Opportunities. Branding Opportunities will be available soon.

Have an idea for a sponsorship not listed below? We are here to ensure you have the best conference experience. We are happy to create a custom sponsorship package to meet your specific needs. Let us know your vision, objective and budget and we’ll create a customized opportunity just for you.

The deadline to submit contracts and sponsor artwork is Friday, January 13th.

Health and Safety Plan


AFCEA International and the U.S. Naval Institute are committed to holding a rewarding WEST 2023 conference at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on February 14-16, 2023. Our Health and Safety Plan will continue to evolve as we follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and work closely with the San Diego Convention Center, vendors, hotels, and other properties to create a safer experience for participants.

All participants must abide by our WEST Well-being Code of Conduct while attending the conference.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  What can I expect at the venue?

The San Diego Convention Center has industry-leading approaches to cleaning, disinfection, ventilation, and employee training. Additionally, their food and beverage partner, Centerplate, earned a hygiene verification label, Rise SAFE, that is specifically for catering operations. Additional information on protocols for cleaning, sanitation and air filtration at the venue is available here.

  Are there restrictions on the number of people in the exhibit hall, in session rooms or at networking events?

The San Diego Convention Center does not have distancing requirements or capacity limits in place currently. Physical distancing is highly encouraged. We will space out the seating at all activities, where possible.

  Should participants wear masks?

The California Department of Public Health and CDC currently recommend, but do not currently require, masks in most indoor settings. WEST will monitor San Diego Convention Center, local, state and federal government guidelines regarding masks and adjust requirements as necessary.

  Is proof of vaccination required?

Yes. Proof of full vaccination and a valid photo ID must be verified to attend the in-person conference at the San Diego Convention Center. Therefore, each attendee must pick up their own badge. Badges cannot be distributed without this documentation.

  How will proof of vaccination be verified?

Participants will show proof of vaccination onsite during the normal badge pick-up process. Please have your government issued photo ID and physical copy of your vaccine card ready. A picture on your mobile device or proof of vaccination via an app is also acceptable.

  What qualifies as full vaccination?

Individuals must have received the second dose of a two-dose vaccine series (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca-SK Bio) or a single-dose vaccine from Johnson & Johnson/Janssen at least two weeks prior to the event. Only the vaccines noted above, which have been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO), shall be acceptable to meet the vaccination requirement.

  Can someone else pick-up my badge?

No, participants must show proof of vaccination and a government issued photo ID to pick-up a conference badge. A picture on your mobile device or proof of vaccination via an app is also acceptable.

  Are there any exceptions?

Yes, current state and local regulations allow participants who are not fully vaccinated to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test in lieu of proof of full vaccination. Photo ID must also be presented.

Test results must be presented at an assisted registration counter prior to entry into the conference. Testing must be conducted no earlier than:

  • 48 hours before event start time for a PCR test
  • 24 hours before event start time for an antigen test

A printed document from the test provider or laboratory, or an electronic test result displayed on a phone or tablet, is required.

The document must include:

  • Full name
  • Type of test performed (PCR or antigen)
  • Date of test
  • Negative test result

Please note: Self-administered or “home” tests without independent third-party verification are NOT acceptable. We will not accept home kit test cards.

  Will the conference content be available virtually?

Yes, we will post approved conference sessions to YouTube. Plenary sessions will be streamed live, when possible. Additional program sessions will be recorded and posted within a week of the conference dates. We will not have a fully, interactive virtual platform like you saw in June 2021.