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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.

February 28, 2014

This week's trivia question: If the telephone company added just one more digit to all the phone numbers in one area code, how many new phone numbers could be created? See answer below.

SIGNAL Magazine March IssueSIGNAL March Preview Video

Get a sneak peek into the March issue with this short video that highlights SIGNAL's in-depth coverage about homeland security and Europe/NATO.

 

And While You're in SIGNAL Magazine mode...

Be sure to add your insights by participating in the SIGNAL Media survey. The survey closes on March 7, so don't miss this opportunity to share your opinions and enter for the chance to win a $50 Amazon.com gift card.

Small Business Matchmaking Event Deadline: March 4

Small businesses interested in meeting one-on-one with large firms on March 10 during the AFCEA Small Business Partnership Symposium, Washington, D.C., must register no later than close of business March 4. Contact Dawn Falsinotti for additional information.

 

Attention AFCEA Chapter Officers

Join us on March 5 for a free training webinar covering best practices for chapter websites and learn how AFCEA International's free hosting tools can facilitate site maintenance. Contact Sean McGowan for additional information.

 

MILCOM 2014 Call for Papers

Tutorial and panel proposals are due no later than March 7. Technical paper abstracts are due March 14. Additional information is available online. The Military Communications Conference (MILCOM) takes place October 6-8 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

 

Thought Leadership Opportunities

AFCEA Answers, AFCEA International's radio show, provides a highly visible on-air and online forum for corporate representatives to talk face-to-face with senior government and military guests while sharing information about their organizations' solutions on the airwaves. Produced in partnership with Federal News Radio and WTOP Radio, companies are invited to schedule sponsorships that enable them to demonstrate their expertise in areas such as cybersecurity, intelligence and global security. Contact Theresa Fox for additional information.

If you missed this week's show with Kshemendra Paul, program manager, information sharing environment, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, it's available online any time.

 

Last Chance to Register for AFCEA's Homeland Security Conference

The AFCEA Homeland Security Conference takes place March 10-12 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Washington, D.C. Discussions include a procurement executives roundtable focusing on how to do business in the homeland security arena and a CIO roundtable about homeland security IT priorities. Registration is available online.

 

AFCEA Honors Award Nominations Now Open

Recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to global peace and security or continually have supported AFCEA with their time and talents by nominating them for the David Sarnoff Award, the Admiral Jon L. Boyes Medal for Distinguished Service to AFCEA and the General James M. Rockwell AFCEAN of the Year Award. Details about these top honors are available online. Nominations deadline: March 17.

 

Optimizing the User Experience for the Military

Learn at your desktop for free! Join in this SIGNAL Webinar Series presentation on March 19 at 1 p.m. EST and find out more about the performance constraints that arise from consolidation and how to proactively address them. More information is available online.

 

Coast Guard Intelligence Industry Day: Looking Beyond the Horizon

Learn more about the U.S. Coast Guard's vision and direction in a changing fiscal and operational environment and hear from Vice Adm. John P. Currier, USCG, vice commandant, U.S. Coast Guard, at AFCEA's Coast Guard Intelligence Industry Day, April 2, in Chantilly, Virginia. This one-day classified event is nearly sold out, so register today!

 

Professional Development Center Offers Two Homeland Security Courses

Organizations that support or want to do business with the homeland security community need to take advantage of these opportunities to learn more about this complex environment. Understanding Homeland Security: The National Challenge Part 1, April 9-10, features information about the business side of the topic. Part 2 of the course, April 11, digs deeper into this subject and introduces students to guest speakers from various DHS organizations. Registration is available online.

 

Honor Your Military Leaders

Nominations are now open for the AFCEA DC Chapter’s Seventh Annual Military IT Leadership Awards.  Awards will be presented to one enlisted service member and one officer from each of the armed services. Four additional awards will be presented to service members assigned to a joint billet. Nominations deadline: March 7, 2014, 5 p.m. 

 

Upcoming Events, February 28 - March 14, 2014

 

Trivia answer: One more digit would add 90 million new phone numbers.

Do you think you can stump your fellow AFCEANs? Send a trivia question and answer to mlawlor@afcea.org, and it may be featured in a future issue of the AFCEA Weekly Digest.

 

February 21, 2014

This week's trivia question: One of the toughest questions a SIGNAL Media reporter asks during an interview is, "What does that acronym stand for?" Do you know this one? What does DIMM stand for? See answer below.

 

SIGNAL Connections

"The Bottom Line" in this month's issue asks for your opinion about taming the email beast. We want to hear from you!

 

AFCEA Individual and Chapter Award Nominations Now Open!

Nominations for AFCEA International awards are now being solicited at www.afcea.org/awards. These include Leadership, Medal of Merit, Meritorious Service, Small Business, Engineering, Information Technology and STEM Education individual awards; and Harry C. Ingles and Brenda M. Dougherty Diversity Program chapter awards.  Put forward your nominations for these prestigious awards by April 6. Awards will be presented at AFCEA’s Cyber Symposium in Baltimore on June 23.

 

SIGNAL Media Survey

If you haven't responded already, please remember to fill out our quick survey on SIGNAL Media. We value your opinion greatly as we plan our media products to serve you in the future. To show our appreciation, anyone who responds will be eligible to win a $50 Amazon gift card.

 

U.S. Intelligence Community:  Who Does What, with What, for What?

PDC Course held at MITRE, McLean, Virginia, March 11 – 13

This outstanding classified secret course provides an up-to-date understanding of the new and still changing structure and functions of the intelligence community and its components. The course addresses intelligence programs and provides insight into relations between intelligence producers and policy, military and other consumers, as well as useful information about the interaction between U.S. Intelligence and industry, and features key leaders from the intelligence community who provide presentations throughout the course.

 

NATO C4ISR Industry Conference & TechNet International 2014

AFCEA Europe and the NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency are organizing 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 at the RIN Grand Hotel Conference Centre in Bucharest, Romania. Register online.

 

Shape the JIE Mission Partner Symposium

This is your opportunity to recommend speakers and topics for the JIE Mission Partner Symposium taking place May 12-14 at the Baltimore Convention Center. The line-up currently includes the U.S. Defense Department chief information officer as well as DISA, combatant commands and the intelligence community, but we want to hear from you!

 

Cycle for STEM Registration Open

Get in shape! See the country! Raise funds for a great cause! Cycle for STEM is your chance to hit the trifecta of goodness. Register now to take part in the July 13-19, 335-mile ride from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C. Not up to the six-day challenge? Shorter distances are available or donate now online.

 

Intelligence and National Security Summit

AFCEA Intelligence and the Intelligence National Security Alliance (INSA) are joining forces to present this two-day unclassified program September 18-19 in Washington, D.C. The summit will feature plenary and breakout sessions as well as exhibits. Sponsorship and exhibit information is available now. Click here to be notified when additional information about this event is available.

 

Military City USA Radio Series
AFCEA's Alamo Chapter Military City USA Radio is about all things military in San Antonio. More information about the weekly show and upcoming guests is available online.

 

Upcoming Events, February 21 - March 7, 2014

 

Trivia answer: DIMM stands for Dual In-line Memory Module, a double-sided SIMM, most commonly called a "stick of memory."

 

February 14, 2014

Welcome to the AFCEA Weekly Digest! Some of the headquarters staff was in San Diego supporting WEST 2014, while others were digging out from the East Coast snow storm. It's been an interesting week!

 

This week's trivia question: What was the very first real word transmitted over the computer network that would evolve into the Internet? See answer below.

Cycle for STEM Registration Open

Get in shape! See the country! Raise funds for a great cause! Cycle for STEM is your chance to hit the trifecta of goodness! Register now to take part in the July 13-19, 335-mile ride from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C. Not up to the six-day challenge? Shorter distances are available or donate now online.

WEST 2014 Recap: Miss the conference? View the recap online at the Event eNews site!

Corporate Success Strategies for Surviving the New Normal

Recent uncertainties in government budgets have changed the landscape of contracting. The Fairfax Chamber and its GovCon Council will help businesses understand best practices and strategies for success today and in the future at the GovCon Symposium on February 25 in Tysons Corner, Virginia. Registration is available online.

Small Business Partnership Symposium with Matchmaking

Register now for this half-day session on March 10 during the Homeland Security conference in Washington, D.C., to take advantage of this networking and information-sharing event geared toward small businesses. For more information about appointments for one-on-one meetings between small and large meetings contact Dawn Falsinotti.

Experts Examine State of U.S. Naval Information Dominance

Learn about the U.S. Navy's strategy at the Navy Information Dominance Industry Day 2014 on May 7 at the TASC Heritage Conference Center, Chantilly, VA. This classified event sells out quickly, so register now.

Shape the JIE Mission Partner Symposium

This is your opportunity to recommend speakers and topics for the JIE Mission Partner Symposium taking place May 12-14 at the Baltimore Convention Center. The line-up currently includes the U.S. Defense Department chief information officer as well as DISA, combatant commands and the Intelligence Community, but we want to hear from you!

Intelligence and National Security Summit

AFCEA Intelligence and the Intelligence National Security Alliance (INSA) are joining forces to present this two-day unclassified program September 18-19 in Washington, D.C. The summit will feature plenary and breakout sessions as well as exhibits. Sponsorship and exhibit information is available now. Click here to be notified when additional information about this event is available.

Contribute Your Expertise: Military Diffusion Study

Current and former military personnel, military civilians and defense contractors are invited to participate in an international research study about military information systems and the warfighters and support personnel who use them. Your opinions matter, so complete this short online survey. Participants are eligible to win a $100 Amazon gift card. For additional information, contact Harry Tunnell, doctoral candidate and lifetime AFCEA member.

Office Space Available
AFCEA is now leasing office space within its headquarters building in Fairfax, Virginia. Lease term negotiable. Email Rick Haas for information. Fairfax County has recognized AFCEA headquarters as a Best Workplaces for Commuters Employer.

A Night for the Children

The AFCEA Bethesda Chapter is hosting “A Night for the Children,” on March 22 at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, D.C. The gala benefits The Children’s Inn at NIH and House of Ruth. Information is available online about how you can support this important event, which has raised more than $6 million over the past 15 years.

Military City USA Radio Series
AFCEA's Alamo Chapter Military City USA Radio is about all things military in San Antonio. More information about the weekly show and upcoming guests is available online.

Upcoming Events, February 14-28, 2014

 

Trivia answer: According to P.W. Singer and Allan Friedman, authors of Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What everyone Needs to Know, the first word transmitted was "lo." In 1969, researchers at UCLA were trying to log into a computer at the Stanford Research Institute. Before they could type the letter "g" in the word "log," the computer crashed.

February 7, 2014

 

This week's trivia: The answer is "The AFCEAN who appeared on Jeopardy's Battle of the Decades Fan Favorites on February 6." See question below.

Read the Latest Issue of SIGNAL Magazine

Even in the era of cyberspace, the maritime realm retains its importance for global security. The February issue of SIGNAL examines the crucial nature of maritime C2 as well as the turmoil surrounding the topics of both big data and acquisition. Also this month, Col. Herbert Kemp, USAF (Ret.), takes a look at how intelligence acquisition priorities are changing in the post-counterinsurgency world.

 

WEST 2014 UDPATES - Start your WEST experience off right with Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense Christine Fox, who opens the conference on February 11 at 8:30 a.m. and stick around to hear from all of the sea services chiefs at the town hall discussion on February 13. In between, be sure to learn about the latest innovations on the exhibit floor featuring more than 250 organizations, attend presentations in three engagement theaters and swing by PlugFest.

Be part of the conversation! Submit your questions to speakers and panelists via email now.

Attending WEST 2014? Contribute your insights about speakers, panels, theater presentations and the exhibits on Twitter with the hashtag #west14. Also, be there even if you can't be there with real-time coverage at the WEST 2014 Event eNews site.

 

ROTC Scholarship Applications Due

Don't miss this opportunity. February 20 is the deadline for submitting your application online.

 

AFCEA Leadership Forum Begins Monday, March 3

Nominate one of your rising stars to participate in the AFCEA Educational Foundation's AFCEA Leadership Forum. Senior military officers, civilian government officials and industry leaders moderate interactive not-for-attribution discussions with 25 rising professionals in the information technology, command and control, global security and intelligence fields. Candidates must be nominated by a leader in their command, company or agency. The forum meets monthly in Fairfax, Virginia, March 3-August 11. Registration closes on February 18.

 

Calling All Small Business Corporate Members

Sign up today to attend the 2014 AFCEA Small Business Partnership Symposium with Matchmaking on March 10 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Washington, D.C.

 

Coast Guard Intelligence Industry Day 2014

Register now for the first AFCEA Intelligence and U.S. Coast Guard co-sponsored one-day classified event. At the April 2 event, experts will delve into the Coast Guard’s unique missions and authorities and explain how industry can help.

Acquisition Research: Creating Synergy for Informed Change

Tight budgets require creative acquisition strategies. Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, will open this symposium, which brings together procurement scholars, researchers and practitioners, in Monterey, California, May 14-15. Space is limited, so register early.

 

Visit the Library

SIGNAL Online’s free Resource Library features a new addition: "Deciphering SSD Endurance." Interested in posting white papers or other informative corporate or academic material? Contact Marsha Carpenter.

 

Night for the Children

The AFCEA Bethesda Chapter is hosting “A Night for the Children,” on March 22 at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, D.C. The gala benefits The Children’s Inn at NIH and House of Ruth. Information is available online about how you can support this important event, which has raised more than $6 million over the past 15 years.

 

Military City USA Radio Series

Alamo AFCEA's Military City USA Radio is about all things military in San Antonio. More information about the weekly show and upcoming guests is available online.

 

Upcoming Events, February 7-21, 2014

 

Trivia: The correct question is: Who is Mark Lowenthal, AFCEA Intelligence Committee member and coauthor of Secrets of the Jeopardy Champions?

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

 


 

 


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