Tyto Athene presents at AFCEA West

Acuity micro data center at AFCEA West

Last week, the Tyto Athene team had the opportunity to attend and present at AFCEA West,  the premier naval conference and exposition on the West Coast. This event allows industry leaders and military and government officials from the San Diego area and around the world to meet and discuss the latest military requirements and solutions. 

The Tyto Athene team was there to meet with members of the U.S. Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard, as well as many current customers and partners. Our booth showcased NEC’s facial recognition and UC, Poly’s video conferencing technology, and Acuity, Tyto Athene’s tactical edge communications solution.

There were many great keynotes and workshops this year at West! The U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard held a panel discussion focused on current and future priorities amid a technological revolution. The DoD is 15 years behind in technology, and there is a need for transformational changes as the U.S. Sea Services confront increasingly capable adversaries. For the US Sea Services, unmanned systems and integration is the way of the future — specifically integrating the tactical to operational end. Additionally, each service is planning a different course for addressing growing threats from rivals worldwide. 

The Marine Corps expressed a need to improve the gathering and understanding of data for training purposes. The U.S. Navy needs new information architecture to mitigate the risk of losing future combat operations, and networks are currently holding them back. The Navy is actively pursuing a cloud-based infrastructure that will enable countless new capabilities. The U.S. Navy’s Program Executive Officer for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, and Space Systems (PEO C4I & SS) is pursuing an aggressive information warfare digital metamorphosis to support the Navy’s distributed maritime operations around the globe. The PEO C4I & SS is employing industry best practices and incorporating sailor input as part of its Information Warfare Digital Execution Plan (IWDEP), which will provide sailors with a framework of technologies and processes to enable coordinated information warfare effects.

This year’s West event was a large success as government officials got a chance to speak directly to operators and receive valuable direct feedback. Industry leaders were able to connect with decision-makers and learn about military requirements outside of the office, and the event offered an environment for collaboration and brainstorming. Tyto Athene is grateful to have been a part of the two-day event and can’t wait for next year!