From 14-16 May 2013, TIDES and 14 companies, NGOs and military from the STAR-TIDES network exhibited for the 5th time at the EAST:Joint Warfighting Conference at Virginia Beach, VA. Sponsored by AFCEA and Navy Postgraduate School, EAST:JWF collects together new, influential and innovative companies to exhibit their products for the military, brings in speakers of the highest levels in the military, and provides ample opportunities for professional education.
Providing innovative, sustainable, low-cost technologies, the STAR-TIDES exhibit provided a unique opportunity for military to explore solutions that align with the fiscal constraints of today. Much interest was generated by visitors. Within the sphere of the STAR-TIDES booth itself, exhibitors found ample internal networking opportunities. TIDES would like to sincerely thank the J7-------- for their support, the Civil Defense---, Decadome, Energy Dense Power Solutions, Day and Night Solar, MEDWEB, Seamless Solar Solutions, KSI Video, Attivio, KnowledgeBridge International, and ------Ken----. T is their ingenuity, enthusiasm, and endurance that is the foundational of strength of the STAR-TIDES Network.
STAR-TIDES exhibitors were also afforded the opportunity to attend the daily keynote speaker luncheon. Among the headlining speakers at the overall conference. ,----Kendle, the Undersecretary of Acquisitions, spoke about the current Department of Defense fiscal environment and the current operating budget's lack of stability. Key points to his speech included that DoD must get to a more reasonable budget (not one as drastic as sequestration), hedge investments in the future by keeping the industrial base in tact and by financing some innovation selectively, emphasize the right training of right jobs, and streamline rules. General Robert W. Cone; Cdr of TRADOC also spoke about Strategic Manpower, and "How do we capture the lessons learned- an objective analysis." He spoke of the need to train for network centric warfare with Digital divisions and institutional investments in Cyber. Additionally, as conflict is inherently a human endeavor, the most recent wars have hallmarked the need to invest in the human domain, notably with regionally aligned forces. "When the train slows down, now is the time to train."