NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- (NNS) -- The 2013 Navy League Sea-Air-Space Exposition, held at the Gaylord National Harbor Resort and Convention Center, concluded April 10.
The expo was three days of seminars and demonstrations highlighting the latest maritime-related technologies and solutions.
The symposium provided an excellent opportunity for Navy policy and operational leadership to interact with industry representatives to discuss and debate common interests and concerns.
"This conference becomes the moderator, the conduit, to connect industry to the military," said Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert. "The industry brings their wares and says 'these are the different capabilities that I can bring you,' and then we say, 'this is what we need' and we look for the synergy and look for the match up and say 'let's talk more.' This brings that opportunity in one singular location, and things that could take months can get done with the exchange of two business cards here."
"The interaction between industry and service and to be able to take a look at solutions across different architectures that span multiple capabilities is invaluable, especially in the current economic situation," agreed attendee Lt. Cmdr. Ken Rothaermel, deputy, Joint Lessons Learned Policy, Joint Chief of Staff.
One first time-attendee, Dave Gavitt, director of federal sales, HID Global, said that beyond offering solutions for military leaders, the expo also gives attendees that opportunity to find solutions for their businesses.
"This is a great networking event and a wonderful opportunity to see new technologies that can be utilized within our company," he said.
During the three-day event Navy leadership and industry leaders spoke about topics ranging from the current and future Navy vessels to the future of Navy capabilities. More than 10,000 attendees had the opportunity to browse more than 190 booths from industry leaders and naval commands.
Next year's Navy League Sea-Air-Space expo will be held April 7-9 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.