With more than 90,000 square feet of displays and command pavilions, Sea-Air-Space 2017, April 3-5 at the Gaylord
National Resort & Convention Center, will be the largest exposition ever presented by the Navy League.
This year, SAS will bring together the best innovation the
defense industry has to offer to the sea services. The exposition also serves as a platform for which the leadership from
the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and U.S.-flag Merchant
Marine can discuss and illustrate the issue and challenges facing our military forces.
“Sea-Air-Space will once again have over 20 commands
from the sea services on the floor in 2017,” said Jeanne
Ellinport, Navy League staff vice president for Strategy,
Integration & Development, “and we are looking to welcome
back more than 25 international delegations.”
More than 12,000 people registered for the 2016 expo-
sition, the largest maritime exposition in the United States,
with more than 3,000 active-duty personnel from the U.S.
and international sea services taking part in a wide array of
professional development opportunities, as well as touring the
Among the expected highlights at Sea-Air-Space 2017,
Boeing will be returning with the V- 22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft.
Invited keynote speakers include:
n;Adm. Paul F. Zukunft, commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard.
n;Gen. Robert B. Neller, commandant of the Marine Corps.
n;Adm. John M Richardson, chief of naval operations.
The Navy League will continue its partnership with news
radio station WTOP and Federal News Radio to promote and
expand the reach of Sea-Air-Space. The Navy League also will
be promoting its Navy Cyber Pavilion on the show floor, which
will include Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command,
Information Dominance Command.
Navy League corporate members are responsible for providing the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and U.S.-flag
Merchant Marine with the tools, resources and supplies they
need to win wars and keep the nation’s ports secure, protect
the nation’s interests overseas and provide a safe environment
for commerce to flourish.
Members of the Corporate Membership Program comprise
different cornerstones of industry, including multinational
manufacturers, companies focusing on specialty technologies,
service providers and consultants. The program provides a
way for them to demonstrate support for the U.S. sea services
and opportunities to network with U.S. and allied defense
industry leaders, senior decision-makers on Capitol Hill, and
the departments of Defense and Homeland Security.
The Navy League offers four levels of industry participation. Foremost is the Corporate Gold Membership, followed by
the Corporate Membership level, Business Associate and a level
for fellow nonprofits, research labs, embassies and nongovernment organizations.
As of December 2016, there were 27 Corporate Gold
Members, 80 Corporate Members, 47 Business Associate
Members and 12 Nonprofit Members. The current list of Navy
League Corporate Members can be found on Page 3.
Throughout the year, members take part in a variety of
Navy League-hosted forums and special events with sea service
leadership. Most prominent is the Sea-Air-Space Exposition.
The Special Topic Breakfast Series is another benefit of
membership. Featuring distinguished speakers from senior
military and civilian program offices, these forums give
industry the latest information and insights on sea service
acquisition priorities and developments..
Members have the opportunity to get involved in special
events around the country hosted by the Navy League, often
in conjunction with local councils. These include receptions on
Capitol Hill honoring members of Congress for their support
of the sea services, ship commissionings and other unique
All corporate supporters also are acknowledged each
month on a special page in Seapower. Profiles of corporate
members are included in the Corporate Directory issue, which
is published in November.
In 2016, the Legislative Affairs Committee contin-
ued to advocate for strong sea service support to members
of Congress and their staffs. The Grass Roots Legislative
Initiative, an undertaking steered by National Vice President
Geoff Prosch and Committee Chairmen James P. Bras and
Donald A. Giles, helps educate lawmakers about the nation’s
sea-based defenses and their needs. The D.C.-based advocacy
efforts complement the Grass Roots program.
n;Participation: The committee is primarily comprised of the
region vice presidents for Legislative Affairs. They serve
as a critical link between national leadership and councils,
areas and regions for grass roots outreach. Each region
vice president has the responsibility of guiding council,
area and region designees toward achieving the initiative’s
goal of personal constituent contact with 60 percent of
all members of Congress in making four separate pre-
sentations on the importance of a robust maritime force
structure. From January to November 2016, 53 members of
the 114th Congress had received one or more Navy League
Grass Roots Legislative Affairs presentations in their dis-
tricts with a total of 669 total presentations having been
made throughout the duration of the program. The com-
mittee’s goal in 2017 is to visit a minimum of 70 members
of Congress to provide a Navy League briefing.
n;Nonpartisan Advocacy: Compliant with the Navy League’s
501(c)( 3) status, its advocacy activities are neither
partisan nor conducted to influence elections. They are
undertaken solely for the sake of encouraging legislative
branch awareness of important maritime security issues
as well as the maritime services’ mission requirements.
Somewhat distinct from the legislative focus of many peer
organizations, the Navy League monitors appropriations
and legislation primarily in terms of their impact on the
operational capabilities and readiness of the Navy, Marine
Corps, Coast Guard and U.S.-flag Merchant Marine. As part