With little more than a month to go, the 2014 Sea-Air-Space
Exposition is shaping up to be the
Navy League’s largest expo and symposium yet in terms of number of
exhibitors and participation by sea
service flag and general officers.
Sea-Air-Space has been named
one of the “Top 50 Fastest Growing
Events” — both in terms of attendance and number of exhibiting
companies — by Trade Show Executive magazine, one of the show industry’s leading publications.
This year’s expo — with the theme
“The Sea Services: Forward. Mobile.
Ready.” — will take place April 7-9 at
the Gaylord National Resort &
Harbor, Md. The sea services will,
indeed, be forward, mobile and ready
at what is today the largest maritime
show in North America. More than 70 Senior Executive
Service, flag and general officers from the Navy, Marine
Corps, Coast Guard and Maritime Administration will
take part in the professional development series of panel
discussions, roundtable sessions, and presentations and
briefings on the show floor, and 17 military commands
will be among the 250 exhibitors.
Among the equipment coming to the show floor will
be the Northrop Grumman X-47B Unmanned Combat
Air System, the Boeing V- 22 fuselage and U.S. Special
Operations Command’s “Iron Man” suit, the Tactical
Assault Light Operator’s Suit being developed with several corporations, government agencies and laboratories.
Back by popular demand will be the award-winning
culinary specialists from Naval Supply Systems Command who, like last year, will entertain expo attendees
with cooking and carving demonstrations and tasty
The Service Chiefs’ Update will kick off the professional
development series at 9 a.m. April 7, featuring ADM Jona-
than W. Greenert, chief of naval operations; Gen James F.
Amos, Marine Corps commandant; ADM Robert J. Papp
Jr., Coast Guard commandant; and
Paul “Chip” Jaenichen Sr., acting
maritime administrator at the
Department of Transportation’s
The first day also will see sea serv-
ice officers participating in round-
table sessions on “Naval Energy,”
“Operating Forward: Partners in
Global Presence,” “The Challenge of
2020: Preparing for an Uncertain
Security,” “U.S. Opportunities for
Arctic Council Chairmanship” and
“Rebalance to the Pacific.”
The Small Business forum will
kick off the second day of the show at
8 a.m., followed by that morning’s
panel discussion “Innovation and
Supporting the Warfighter,” featuring
Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard
flag officers. Guest speaker for the
luncheon that day is ADM William E.
Gortney, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command. The
Navy CIO roundtable also will take place in the morning,
followed by sessions on “Peace & Prosperity in the
Maritime Domain,” “Rebalancing the Navy-Marine Corps
Team for the 21st Century Pacific” and “Countering
Emerging Threats in the Western Hemisphere.” The Sea-Air-Space reception and banquet will cap off the night,
with Greenert taking the stage as keynote speaker.
Once again this year, the Congressional Breakfast will
start the third and last day of Sea-Air-Space on April 9,
at 7: 45 a.m. This popular event brings together U.S. lawmakers, Capitol Hill staffers, sea service representatives
and industry executives for a lively discussion about
common issues of concern.
That morning’s panel will focus on the expeditionary
future of the Marine Corps, followed by the Secretary of
the Navy Luncheon. Roundtable sessions will include
“Ready to Fight and Win Today,” “Marines in Africa and
the Middle East — Crisis and Opportunity” and
“Information Dominance, Security and the Sea Services.”
Sea-Air-Space continues to grow every year. The Navy
League is proud to be able to support the sea services
at “their show.” For registration information, go to www.
Presence, Mobility, Readiness
Focus of Sea-Air-Space 2014
By AMY L. WITTMAN, Editor in Chief
WWW.SEAPOWERMAGAZINE.ORG 46 SEAPOWER / MARCH 2014
Chief of Naval Operations ADM
Jonathan W. Greenert speaks during
the 2013 Sea-Air-Space Exposition at
National Harbor, Md. He will be the
keynote speaker at the 2014 Sea-Air-Space banquet April 8.