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AFCEA Weekly Digest is a summary email that goes to all AFCEA members. Not a member? Click here to join AFCEA.

December 20, 2013

'Twas the week before Christmas and just like many of you, celebrations have been part of the work mix for AFCEA headquarters staff. From the AFCEA family to your family and friends, may the holidays be merry and may 2014 bring peace and joy.

This week's trivia question: Who invented electric Christmas tree lights? See answer below.

In Case You Missed It: TechNet Asia-Pacific 2013 Event eNews

The recent U.S. strategic pivot toward the Pacific has placed that region at the forefront of change in the military. That trend was clearly visible in discussions at AFCEA's TechNet Asia-Pacific 2013 in Honolulu. Check out the complete coverage on the Event eNews: TechNet Asia-Pacific site.

AFCEA Answers Radio Show Features a Debate About Big Data and the Intelligence Community
Mark M. Lowenthal, president and chief executive officer, The Intelligence and Security Academy, and Lewis Shepherd, director and general manager, Microsoft Institute, continue their discussion about Big Data: Is it fabulous or a fad? The two shared their views in the October issue of SIGNAL Magazine and matched wits during a video led by Robert K. Ackerman, editor in chief of the magazine. Now, the lively debate continues on AFCEA Answers. Tune in at 2:05 p.m. EDT to 1500 AM or download the episode.

SIGNAL Connections Now Available

AFCEA's official e-newsletter includes articles from SIGNAL Magazine's December issue, which focuses on Navy ISR and nanotechnology. Also, The Bottom Line questions if the Web superpowers' call for reform of the government's information-gathering activities isn't a bit of the pot calling the kettle black. What do you think?

Education at WEST 2014

Earn up to 24 continuing education units (CEUs) per class during WEST 2014! AFCEA’s Professional Development Center is offering seven courses in technical topics, including communications and networking, social media, and contracting during the conference. Group discounts are available. Space is limited, so register now. Email pdc@afcea.org for additional information. In addition, attendees can earn CEUs in sessions in the Cyber, SPAWAR and Operators theaters.

And While You're at WEST...

...be sure to attend the CIO roundtable on February 12 at 8:30 a.m. David M. Wennergren, assistant deputy chief management officer, U.S. Defense Department, will moderate the conversation among sea services' IT leaders, who will discuss the challenges they face and the solutions they need.

Dig Deep Into the Future of Acquisition

Experts and innovators are invited to attend the 11th Annual Acquisition Research Symposium, now sponsored by AFCEA International, in Monterey, California, May 14-15, 2014. Researchers and experienced acquisition professionals will examine how government agencies can operate at their best during austere financial times, and they need your input. Registration is limited to 350, so sign up now.

Upcoming Events, December 20, 2013- January 10, 2014

Trivia Answer: Thomas Edison in 1880.

 

December 13, 2013


Welcome to the latest issue of the AFCEA Weekly Digest. The Washington, D.C., area may have been snowed in for part of this week, but the AFCEA headquarters staff stayed connected and kept publications, programs and projects rolling thanks to IT and the organizations that offer products and services like yours.

This week's trivia question: How much will AFCEA International, the AFCEA Educational Foundation and AFCEA chapters award in scholarships and grants in 2013? The answer below may surprise you!

What's Your Level of "Virtuality"?

AFCEA has teamed with doctoral candidate Col. Frances Deutch, USAF, to conduct an online survey of U.S. citizens on their knowledge transfer with a particular focus on virtual/telework capabilities. Your input to this survey will not only help Col. Deutch but also provide valuable insight to AFCEA as we continue to evolve our own virtual collaboration capabilities. Add your insights by taking the survey today!

AFCEA Small Business Outreach

Join us to hear Emily Murphy, senior counsel, U.S. Congress, House Small Business Committee, present the Congressional Perspective on Small Business. The event takes place at AFCEA Headquarters, Fairfax, Virginia, on January 29, 2014, beginning at 4 p.m. and ending with a networking reception.

NATO C4ISR Industry Conference & TechNet International 2014

AFCEA Europe and the NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency will organize this event under the Patronage of the Prime Minister of Romania. The exposition and conference on "From Assets to Services - Capability Delivery in the 21st Century" will be held March 25-27, 2014, at the RIN Grand Hotel Conference Centre in Bucharest, Romania. Register for the event online.

Be a Part of Cyber Greatness

The AFCEA Cyber Committee is accepting membership nominations until February 1, 2014. Criteria for committee membership and applications are available online.

Young AFCEANs Receive Honors

The entire AFCEA community congratulates the Young AFCEAN award winners. During the past year, these members demonstrated exceptional leadership and guidance for the Young AFCEAN program, superior technical achievement, and an above-and-beyond spirit at the local AFCEA chapter or region level. Their superb volunteer support of their chapters and AFCEA International will be recognized at WEST 2014.

AFCEA Recognizes Small Businesses' Big Contributions

AFCEA International will honor a small business and a small business champion in 2014 with two new awards. The association’s Small Business of the Year award and the Small Business Person of the Year award will be presented at the AFCEA Cyber Symposium, June 24, 2014, in Baltimore. Go online for details about the Small Business of the Year and Small Business Person of the Year nomination and deadlines.

Upcoming Events, December 13 - December 27


Trivia Answer:
In 2013, the AFCEA team will award approximately $2 million in scholarships and grants. Did you know that 100 percent of your donation goes directly to assist military veterans, ROTC students, and STEM students and teachers in their educational pursuits? Donate online now.

P.S. Thanks to all the AFCEA members who responded to my request last week to tell me how they knew the meaning of the symbols at the end of every SIGNAL Magazine article (··· —·—). It was great hearing from you!

Comments and ideas for this email are welcome! Please contact mlawlor@afcea.org.


December 6, 2013

Welcome to the latest issue of the AFCEA Weekly Digest. Many of the members of the AFCEA headquarters staff spent this week in Hawaii at TechNet Asia-Pacific, including Robert K. Ackerman, editor in chief, SIGNAL Magazine. Read his continuous coverage of the event on SIGNAL Online's Event eNews page.

This week's trivia question: What do the symbols (• • •  — • —) at the end of each SIGNAL Magazine article stand for, and why are they there? See answer below.

SIGNAL Magazine's December Issue Focuses on Nanotechology and Navy ISR

Read about a littoral ship loaded with unmanned systems, the challenges the NGEN transition is posing, nanomaterial fabrication on the desktop and how the Chinese are consolidating the latest innovations on one of its destroyers. These and other stories are now available online.

AFCEA NOVA Sponsors Air Force IT Day

Strengthening Air Force Warfighter Capabilities Through Military/Industry Partnerships takes place on December 11, 2013, at the Sheraton Premiere, Tysons Corner, Vienna, Virginia, and will feature discussions about Air Force IT/cybersecurity current events and the service's vision for future requirements. Registration is available online.

Alamo Chapter Military City USA Radio Series

Alamo AFCEA's Military City USA Radio is about all things military in San Antonio. In December, Military City USA Radio will feature discussions about several topics related to military holiday activities. For a list of upcoming guests, visit www.militarycityusaradio.org.

WEST 2014 Conference Offers Networking Opportunities with Decision Makers

Corporate tables at events enable your company representatives to discuss solutions and find out more about requirements with key military and government decision-makers and end users. Purchase a table online now.

AFCEA Recognizes Small Businesses' Big Contributions

AFCEA International will honor a small business and a small business champion in 2014 with two new awards. The association’s Small Business of the Year award and the Small Business Person of the Year award will be presented at the AFCEA Cyber Symposium, June 24, 2014, in Baltimore. Go online for details about the Small Business of the Year and Small Business Person of the Year nomination and deadlines.

AFCEA Winter Intelligence Symposium: Decision Advantage in a Changing World

Join intelligence specialists at the AFCEA Winter Intelligence Symposium on February 13, 2014, as they discuss the changes affecting the IC's operating environment during the next 10 to 15 years. The classified (Secret) event will take place at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. More information and registration is online.

Notice to Industry: Air Force ISR Industry Day Nearly Sold Out

Don't miss out! Register today to attend this classified (Secret) event on February 26, 2014, which will feature speakers such as Gen. Mark Welsh III, USAF, Air Force Chief of Staff; Gen. Mike Hostage, USAF, commander, Air Combat Command; and Lt. Gen. Robert Otto, USAF, deputy chief of staff for ISR.

Upcoming Events, December 6 - December 20


Trivia Answer: The symbols are Morse Code for the letters S and K. They stand for "Stop keying" and indicate the end of a message. (If you got the answer correct without Googling it, tell me how at mlawlor@afcea.org. )

Comments and ideas for this email are welcome! Please contact mlawlor@afcea.org.

 


 

 


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