Maritime Innovations on Display at Sea-Air-Space Expo 2013
KippsDeSanto attended the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Expo 2013, which was recently held in National Harbor, MD and featured ~200 exhibiting firms and military commands with ~10,000 attendees. The conference is the largest maritime symposium in the world, and included many new product releases and the latest technologies, though the overall tone of the event was tempered to some degree as a result of broader budgetary uncertainty.
Both well established and up-and-coming names from across the defense industry exhibited at the show, with booths featuring innovative offerings, including (i) a Mobile Landing Platform ship from General Dynamics designed to serve as a floating base for amphibious operations, (ii) a Naval Gun System from BAE with strengthened gun / mount and control systems, and (iii) a new ballistic missile defense ship model from Huntington Ingalls Industries. These new / enhanced products bring the latest capabilities to bear for the armed forces, as well as offer avenues of opportunity for industry within key niches.
The release of the 2014 DoD budget was a key point of conversation for attendees, with the Navy allocated a $155.8 billion baseline, down from $160.0 billion in 2013 (excluding any effects of sequestration). As the proverbial high tide that lifted all ships recedes, differentiated solutions will continue to be buoyed in an otherwise choppy environment.
Source: U.S. Navy and Sea-Air-Space