San Diego defense contractors have their annual chance to hear from their customers — and perhaps get some insight into the murky federal budget situation — when the West 2013 conference brings military leaders to town for three days at the end of the month.

“Pivot to the Pacific: What Are the Practical and Global Implications?” is the theme of the conference, which runs Jan. 29-31 at the San Diego Convention Center.

The leaders of the three sea services will be part of a luncheon panel on Jan. 31. Gen. James Amos, commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps; Adm. Jonathan Greenert, the U.S. Navy’s chief of naval operations; and Adm. Robert Papp Jr., commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard will take part in a town hall discussion of the new defense strategy.

Paid admission is required for lunch programs, while passes to the expo hall are free. More than 300 exhibitors are expected to show off their products and services.

Several sessions will address the uncertain federal budget situation.

More information on the event is available online at

West 2013 is co-sponsored by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, or AFCEA International, and the U.S. Naval Institute.

The 10th annual Buck Bragunier Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament follows the conference on Feb. 1 at the Riverwalk Golf Club in Mission Valley.

— SDBJ Staff Report