NAVY ATTENDANCE AT THE MAY 2019 NAVY LEAGUE OF THE UNITED STATES SEA- AIR-SPACE EXPOSITION:
R 041321Z APR 19
FM CNO WASHINGTON DC
INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC
SUBJ/NAVY ATTENDANCE AT THE MAY 2019 NAVY LEAGUE OF THE UNITED STATES SEA-
NARR/REF A IS SECNAV DON CONFERENCE GUIDANCE.
REF B IS OGC (ETHICS) MEMO CONCERNING NAVY PARTICIPATION IN THE 2019 SEA-AIR-
REF C IS DOD PUBLICATION 5500.07-R JOINT ETHICS REGULATION.//
RMKS/1. The Navy League of the United States (NLUS) will hold its annual
Sea-Air-Space (SAS) exposition from 6 to 8 May, 2019 at the Gaylord National
Resort and Conference Center, located in National Harbor, MD. SAS provides a
platform for the professional development of Department of the Navy personnel
on the latest developments in naval warfare, as well as an opportunity for
Navy engagement with representatives from a broad cross-section of
government, industry, academia, and the international community.
2. This year’s SAS theme “Sustainability, Agility, Superiority”
is appropriate in this age of growing maritime competition. The SAS schedule
is designed with a focus on readiness and innovation, with panels covering
topics such as acquisition, cyber, strategic sealift, leadership,
shipbuilding, and manpower. SAS will showcase leaders from across the United
States Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, other governmental agencies and
industry. Additionally, many international delegations will be in
attendance, including several Heads of Navy (HoN). A full list of speakers
and more information on international representation can be found at
3. Per reference (a), attendance at non-DoD hosted conferences which have
historically exceeded $250,000 may require SECNAV/UNSECNAV approval. SAS
2019 meets this threshold. Therefore, requests for attendance shall be
consolidated by Echelon-2 commands and provided to OPNAV N98 with the number
of attendees and cost estimates to N98 POCs: CDR Brian Binder at
email@example.com, (703)695-1669 and LCDR Kyle Johnson at
firstname.lastname@example.org, (703)695-8548 to track overall costs and
attendance data. Final conference requests are to be submitted no later than
12 April, 2019. Overall approval of DON-wide attendance is expected in mid-
April. If no cost is incurred by the government (i.e. people local to area),
no submission or approval is required. The following restrictions apply:
a. Subject to command discretion, attendance is authorized for local
participants at no cost to the government.
b. SAS 2019 is primarily an East Coast event. Funded TAD travel from
West Coast/International commands should be closely examined unless member
has an active role in the event (sitting on a panel, making an official U.S.
Navy presentation, etc). Excessive attendance will be subject to cuts based
on overall cost.
c. NLUS has offered free attendance at the below ten events to all
military and civilian personnel. Because there is a maximum number of seats
available, attendees are required to pre-register.
Per reference (b), this free attendance does not constitute a gift for
purposes of applicable ethics regulations, and therefore may be accepted by
all military and civilian personnel.
(1) Opening ceremonies and plenary sessions
(2) Sea Services luncheon
(3) Sea-Air-Space luncheon
(4) Navy League maritime gala
(5) Congressional breakfast
(6) Sea Service spouse reception
(7) Secretary of the Navy luncheon
(8) International maritime reception
(9) Shuttle bus transportation to the conference site
(10) Closing ceremonies
d. Additionally, on the first day of SAS there is a Cohen Group
breakfast that is an “invitation only" event. If invited, attendees should
consult with their ethics counselor for assistance in determining whether
attendance is permissible.
e. All Navy participation in SAS 2019 shall be consistent with the Joint
Ethics Regulations found at reference (c).
4. Registration information is available on the SAS website at
www.seaairspace.org. There is no charge to attend SAS for Navy qualified
attendees, which include:
a. Invited guests of the Navy League
b. Active duty and reserve U.S. military
c. Retired U.S. Navy personnel
d. U.S. federal, state and local government employees
e. NLUS Members
5. Within the National Capital Region, transportation to SAS 2019 will be
available from the Pentagon, Naval Support Facility, Washington Navy Yard,
Naval Research Laboratory, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Crystal City, Office
of Naval Intelligence, and Coast Guard Headquarters. This service will
include several round trips a day. Limited transportation of single daily
roundtrips will also be available from Patuxent River and NSWC Indian Head in
Maryland, and Dahlgren and Quantico in Virginia. Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
will have one roundtrip on one day of the event. More information and bus
schedules are available at www.seaairspace.org.
6. Questions regarding SAS 2019 should be directed to the NLUS at
(703) 312-1596, or visit www.seaairspace.org.
7. Released by VADM Bill Merz, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare