About WEST Conference
The premier naval conference and exposition on the West Coast, WEST is now in its 30th 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 a town hall discussion among the Chief of Naval Operations, the Marine Corps Commandant and 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
When will WEST take place in the future?
Who to Contact?
What is the Conference Theme?
Registration & Program Questions
How much does it cost to attend WEST?
What additional professional development opportunities are available?
Can I earn reserve credits for attending WEST?
Know Before You Go
Where do I pick up my badge?
Is parking available?
Who should I contact if I need assistance at the conference?
Novel Coronavirus Update
What is the recommended attire?
Photography/Videography/Audio Recording Policy
Exhibiting & Sponsor Information
How can I become a WEST exhibitor?
How can I see this year's floor plan?
Does Event Management or the Event's hosts provide attendee lists to third parties?
Who do I contact to exhibit and sponsor?
How can I be a WEST sponsor?
Additonal questions about exhibitor resources?
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 2020 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 2020 Official Hotels may contact you and indicate that they are affiliated with WEST 2020 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.