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April 11, 2014

This week's trivia question: How many miles will each member of the AFCEA Cycle for STEM team ride during this July's event? See answer below.

AFCEA Answers Tackles Information Dominance Topic

Tune in to hear Vice Adm. Ted Branch, USN, deputy chief of naval operations for information dominance, and director of naval intelligence, share his views about Navy information dominance on the association's AFCEA Answers radio broadcast April 11 at 2:05 p.m. on Federal News Radio 1500 AM or online. Adm. Branch also will be speaking at the Navy Information Dominance Industry Day, May 7, Chantilly, Virginia.

Thinking About Extending Your Agency's Data Center to the Cloud?

If this topic perplexes you, take advantage of two opportunities to learn. A Guide to Hybrid Cloud for Government Agencies: An Inside-out Approach for Extending Your Data Center to the Cloud is now available in SIGNAL Online’s free Resource Library. In addition, the SIGNAL Webinar Series will feature Delivering IT Resources as a Service: The Top Five Considerations When Developing Your Hybrid Cloud Strategy on April 24 at 1 p.m. EDT. Register now for this free webinar.

Join the Conversation About the Challenges in Government Acquisition

Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, will open the dialogue about addressing the ongoing issues in public sector acquisition at AFCEA's Acquisition Research Symposium "Creating Synergy for Informed Change," in Monterey, California, May 14-15. Additional speakers include Dr. Jacques Gansler, director, Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise, University of Maryland. Registration is available online.

AFCEA Increases Number of Discounted Educational Opportunities for Members

Have you always planned to continue your education or do you need to stay certified for your current job? AFCEA offers a number of new ways to do just that at affordable prices. Preferred Provider agreements between AFCEA and several leading educational institutions enable members to take courses at discounts of up to 25 percent at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC). In addition, Meta Enterprises LLC and UMBC Training Centers have just been added to the Preferred Providers list, offering discounts on courses that range from 10 percent to 20 percent.

Also, if you live in the New England area or prefer to learn online, the Systems Engineering: Principles and Practices for C4I Systems six-class course begins April 16 in Middletown, Rhode Island, and online. Special pricing is available for AFCEA members and government personnel. Check out these and many other educational opportunities online.

Georgetown Law Helps Companies Address Cybersecurity Risks

Hear from experts about enterprise security programs, cybersecurity frameworks, potential legal exposure in the aftermath of a breach and other topics that are vital to all organizations in this time of growing cyberthreats. The event takes place in the Hart Auditorium on the Georgetown University Law Center campus, Washington, D.C., May 21-22. Early registration discount ends April 21.

Insight from Chaos: Making Sense of Big Data

AFCEA Intelligence hosts the 33rd annual AFCEA Spring Intelligence Symposium May 29-30 at the Defense Intelligence Agency headquarters, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C. This classified event features four in-depth sessions, including a look at how the fundamentals of the intelligence tradecraft are evolving. Seating is limited, so register now.

AFCEA Presents: Insider Threat to Small Business

Government and private sector experts will describe the insider threat to small businesses and recommend how to counter it. This Small Business Outreach event takes place in the AFCEA auditorium, Fairfax, Virginia, June 5, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.; a networking reception will follow the presentations and discussion. Seating is limited, so register soon.

Chapter Luncheons and Events   Professional Activities and Opportunities

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  • Alamo Chapter Military City USA Radio, Brig. Gen. John A. Cherrey, USAF, deputy director, Intelligence, Operations, and Nuclear Integration for Flying Training, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command

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For additional information about chapter and AFCEA networking opportunities,

check the AFCEA calendar and events sections online.

Trivia Answer: To raise awareness and funds for STEM education scholarships and grants, the team will ride from Pittsburgh to Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., a total of 336 miles. Join the team and make a difference in the lives of students and teachers. Don't think you can handle the entire six-day ride? Shorter rides are available or become a STEM supporter by sponsoring the event or donating to individual riders or the entire team.

April 4, 2014

From AFCEA Texas Regional Vice President Col. Dean Fox, USAF (Ret.): The sad events at Fort Hood this week demonstrate the importance of taking care of our brothers and sisters -- the military, civilian, veteran and family members who engage daily in support to our great nation. Our region appreciates the heartfelt support of the entire AFCEA family through your direct support, thoughts and prayers. Much thanks!

 

This week's trivia question: Despite frequent misuse in movies and on TV, which two messaging procedure words (prowords) are NEVER to be said together because they have conflicting meanings? See answer below.

SIGNAL Magazine April Issue Now Available

The U.S. Marine Corps is consolidating capabilities, developing new strategies and

experimenting with commercial options. Read about the service's latest activities as well as Lt. Gen. Daniel P. Bolger's viewpoint on nuclear weapons worries in the April issue of SIGNAL Magazine now available online and the SIGNAL app. View a video synopsis below:

 

AFCEA Awards Nominations Deadline Reminder

Nominations for a number of AFCEA awards now are being accepted. Leadership, Medal of Merit, Meritorious Service, Small Business of the Year, Small Business Person of the Year, Exceptional Contribution to STEM Education as well as chapter awards are among the accolades available. Award information and nomination forms are available online. DEADLINE: April 6.

Professional Development Opportunities Expand

AFCEA International has announced that a Preferred Provider Agreement is now in place with Meta Enterprises. AFCEA members can take advantage of a 20 percent discount on courses on topics such as risk management in the cyber domain and network defense for industry.

Southern New England Chapter Offers On-site and Online Courses

In cooperation with the AFCEA Professional Development Center (PDC), the Southern New England Chapter is offering a six-week course beginning April 16 as part of the C4I System Engineering Certification Preparation Program. Registration is available online. AFCEA members and government employees receive a discount on the course fee and special pricing is available for full-time students and Young AFCEANs.

New Economics of Cybersecurity White Papers Published

The AFCEA Cyber Committee has released its views in a two-part white paper. The Economics of Cybersecurity: A Practical Framework for Cybersecurity Investment delves into several important principles that should guide cybersecurity investment decisions. Part 2 of this white paper series provides a maturity model with more details and guidance for investment strategies.

Thinking About Extending Your Agency's Data Center to the Cloud?

If this topic perplexes you, take advantage of two opportunities to learn. A Guide to Hybrid Cloud for Government Agencies: An Inside-out Approach for Extending Your Data Center to the Cloud is now available in SIGNAL Online’s free Resource Library. In addition, the SIGNAL Webinar Series will feature Delivering IT Resources as a Service: The Top Five Considerations When Developing Your Hybrid Cloud Strategy on April 24 at 1 p.m. EDT. Register now for this free webcast.

 

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  • Alamo Chapter Military City USA Radio, Brig. Gen. John A. Cherrey, USAF, deputy director, Intelligence, Operations, and Nuclear Integration for Flying Training, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command

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For additional information about chapter and AFCEA networking opportunities,

check the AFCEA calendar and events sections online.

Trivia Answer: The two procedure words that are NEVER to be said together are "Over and Out." "Over" means "I am finished with my message and am waiting for a reply," while "Out" means "I am finished, no reply expected". So, "Over and Out" may sound official, but it is incorrect.  If you knew the correct answer without Googling it, I want to know how. Please email me at mlawlor@afcea.org.

 

March 28, 2014

The AFCEA family's hearts go out to the loved ones who have been affected by the tragic disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. AFCEANs worldwide should be proud that their efforts in research, development and training as well as their devotion to finding solutions and developing phenomenal talents and technologies has contributed greatly toward the search and recovery efforts.

 

This week's trivia question: What is the second largest social media platform in the world? See answer below.

Cyber Symposium Call for Proposals Deadline Approaching

Demonstrate new solutions to government and potential industry partners in the AFCEA Solutions Pavilion at the AFCEA Cyber International Symposium, June 24-25 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Submit a description of your organization's products or services, including the requirements they support, the cybersecurity objective they meet and when they are expected to be available. Only a limited number of solutions will be part of this opportunity. For additional information, contact Scott Amos. Deadline: April 7.

Want to do Business in the Homeland Security Realm?

The AFCEA Professional Development Center is offering a two-part course that features leaders from the DHS and industry. Understanding Homeland Security: The National Challenge Part 1 takes place April 9-10 and focuses on the background, missions, organizations and a strategic overview of homeland security. Understanding Homeland Security: The National Challenge Part 2 on April 11 provides in-depth information on business development. Both course parts take place at AFCEA headquarters, Fairfax, Virginia. Special prices are available for government personnel, AFCEA members and Young AFCEANs.

JIE Mission Partner Symposium Features Additional Continuing Education Opportunities

ITpreneurs, InfoSec Institute and Northern Virginia Community College have confirmed that they will be offering multiple sessions at the JIE Mission Partner Symposium, May 12-14, Baltimore Convention Center. For additional information, contact Sheila McCoy.

AFCEA Intelligence and NGA Offer Insights into Agency's Strategic Initiatives

Register now for this classified conference on June 19 in Springfield, Virginia. The conference includes panel discussions about the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's five focused portfolios. Emphasis will be on the ways industry can better meet the agency's needs and challenges as well as on identifying potential partnership opportunities.

Cycle for STEM Gaining Speed

Get in shape! See the country! Raise funds for a crucial 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 you can donate to the team now online.

Recommended Reading

SIGNAL Online’s free Resource Library now features several white papers including:

"Recommended Best Practices for the Design of Security Multi-Domain KVM and Video Routing Systems"

"Securing DoD Facilities for the 21st Century"

"Big Data, Sensors and Analytics: Discovering New Information Through Technology?"

"Cybersecurity Imperatives: Reinvent Your Network Security"

"Threat Intelligence & Incident Response: A Study of U.S. & EMEA Organizations."

Interested in posting white papers or other informative corporate or academic material to generate leads? Contact Marsha Carpenter.

Georgetown Law Helps Companies Address Cybersecurity Risks

Hear from experts about enterprise security programs, cybersecurity frameworks, potential legal exposure in the aftermath of a breach and other topics that are vital to all organizations in this time of growing cyberthreats. The event takes place in the Hart Auditorium on the Georgetown University Law Center campus, Washington, D.C., May 21-22.

Mark Your Calendar

Chapter Luncheons and Events   Professional Activities and Opportunities

 

For additional information about chapter and AFCEA networking opportunities,

check the AFCEA calendar and events sections online.

Trivia Answer: In 2013, Google+ beat out Twitter and LinkedIn to become the second-highest most actively used social network after Facebook. You can follow AFCEA on Google+ for news and videos.

 

March 21, 2014

Welcome to the AFCEA Weekly Digest!

 

This week's trivia question: What was odd about last week's AFCEA Weekly Digest? See answer below.

SIGNAL Connections March Edition Now Available

For a quick glimpse of what's happening in remote sensing, the QDR 2014, homeland security, Europe and Canada, visit SIGNAL Connections. Be sure to add your insights about the shrinking Internet in the comments section of "The Bottom Line."

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 conference and exposition on "From Assets to Services -– Capability Delivery in the 21st Centurywill be held March 25-27 at the RIN Grand Hotel Conference Centre in Bucharest, Romania. Register online.

Securing DoD Facilities for the 21st Century

Learn at your desktop for free! Join Adm. Steve Abbot, USN (Ret.), former homeland security adviser to the president, and former deputy commander, U.S. European Command, who will discuss the risks associated with using a DoD credential as a flash pass. The SIGNAL Webinar Series presentation takes place March 26 at 1 p.m. EDT. More information is available online.

AFCEA Awards Nominations Deadline Reminder

Nominations for a number of AFCEA awards now are being accepted. Leadership, Medal of Merit, Meritorious Service, Small Business of the Year, Small Business Person of the Year, Exceptional Contribution to STEM Education as well as chapter awards are among the accolades available. Check the website for the full list of awards and nomination forms. DEADLINE: April 6.

New AFCEA Members-Only Benefit: Preventive Executive Physical Program

AFCEA members now have access at a discount to the same all-inclusive comprehensive Preventive Executive Physical program the U.S. president receives. The Presidential Healthcare Center program includes a custom-tailored physical. It also includes a mid-year diagnostic review and coverage as the primary care physician for the year. Additional information about the program is available in PDF format on the AFCEA website on the membership benefits page.

MILCOM 2014 Participant Deadlines Extended

The 2014 International Military Communications Conference (MILCOM 2014) is soliciting unclassified papers and proposals for tutorials and panels. Professionals in industry, academia and government worldwide are encouraged to contribute and participate in this information-sharing event. Check the website for new deadlines for Unclassified Technical Papers abstracts and Tutorials and Panels proposals.

Want to do Business in the Homeland Security Realm?

Learn more about what it takes and what the department is looking for as it examines solutions to its challenges. The AFCEA Professional Development Center is offering a two-part course that features leaders from the DHS and industry. Understanding Homeland Security: The National Challenge Part 1 takes place April 9-10 and focuses on the background, missions, organizations and a strategic overview of homeland security. Understanding Homeland Security: The National Challenge Part 2 on April 11 provides in-depth information on business development. Both courses take place at AFCEA headquarters, Fairfax, Virginia.

Critical Issues in C4I Symposium

AFCEA International has joined forces with George Mason University to bring together representatives from academia, industry and government to tackle the important issues in C4I technology and systems research and development. The symposium takes place May 20-21 at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia. Register now to hear from Maj. Gen. Robert Wheeler, USAF, deputy CIO for C4 and information infrastructure, and Rear Adm. Jay Cohen, USN (Ret.), principal, The Chertoff Group. Additional details are available online.

Insight from Chaos: Making Sense of Big Data

AFCEA Intelligence hosts the 33rd annual AFCEA Spring Intelligence Symposium May 29-30 at the Defense Intelligence Agency headquarters, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C. This classified event will feature four in-depth sessions, including a look at how the fundamentals of the intelligence tradecraft are evolving and the developing tension between traditional and nontraditional sources of information. Seating is limited, so register now.

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.

 

Upcoming Events, March 21 - April 4, 2014

Trivia Answer: Was your name correct at the top? If it wasn't, you weren't alone. We had a database glitch, and we sincerely apologize that many members' names were incorrect in the salutation. As we say in journalism, mea culpa.

March 14, 2014

 

This week's trivia question: Why does the U.S. Coast Guard fall under the purview of DHS rather than DOD? See answer below.

AFCEA Honors Award Nominations Due Monday, March 17

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.

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. Deadline to register is March 20.

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 conference and exposition 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.

Securing DoD Facilities for the 21st Century

Learn at your desktop for free! Join Adm. Steve Abbot, USN (Ret.), former homeland security adviser to the president, and former deputy commander, U.S. European Command, who will discuss the risks associated with using a DoD credential as a flash pass to gain entry to secure facilities anonymously. The SIGNAL Webinar Series presentation takes place March 26 at 1 p.m. EDT. More information is available online.

AFCEA International Cyber Symposium: Call for Proposals

Demonstrate new solutions to government and potential industry partners in the AFCEA Solutions Pavilion at the AFCEA Cyber International Symposium, June 24-25 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Go online to submit a description of your organization's products or services, including the requirements they support, the cybersecurity objective they meet and when they are expected to be available. Only a limited number of solutions will be part of this opportunity. For additional information, contact Scott Amos. Deadline: April 7.

Get Involved, Make Connections

The AFCEA Small Business Committee is now accepting applications for new members. Join the group that helps shape how AFCEA serves its small business and all of its members. Applications are available online. Deadline: April 11.

AFCEA PDC Announces Latest Preferred Provider
UMBC Training Centers will deliver professional training and certification preparation to AFCEA members at a discount in areas such as cybersecurity, DoD 8570 compliance, software development, engineering, project management and leadership. Courses can be delivered in the classroom or online and can be customized to meet the needs of groups. Learn more about their unique offerings for AFCEA members online.

PDC Seeks AFCEA Small Business Input
The Professional Development Center is developing continuing education programs aimed at assisting the AFCEA Small Business community. To offer insights about your needs, take the survey.

JIE Mission Partner Symposium Registration Now Open

AFCEA International is hosting the JIE Mission Partner Symposium 2014, May 12-14, at the Baltimore Convention Center. Symposium participants will include the U.S. Defense Department's chief information officer and representatives from DISA, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the combatant commands, the military services, the Intelligence Community and industry. If you have a stake in this new environment, register now to learn more about it.

Acquisition Research: Creating Synergy for Informed Change

Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, will open this symposium in Monterey, California, May 14-15. Additional speakers include Katrina McFarland, assistant secretary of defense, acquisition, and Dr. Jacques Gansler, director, Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise, University of Maryland. Register now to attend the event to hear their viewpoints and engage in the conversation.

AFCEA Members Receive Discount for DRI2014 Conference

Explore business continuity, risk management, disaster recovery and emergency response at DRI2014, May 18-21, at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Georgia. AFCEA members receive a 10 percent discount on registration. Just enter POM in the Source Code box when registering online.

Georgetown Law Helps Companies Address Cybersecurity Risks

Hear from experts about enterprise security programs, cybersecurity frameworks, potential legal exposure in the aftermath of a breach and other topics that are vital to all organizations in a time of growing cyberthreats. The event takes place in the Hart Auditorium on the Georgetown University Law Center campus, Washington, D.C., May 21-22.

Global Identity Summit Set for September

The Biometric Consortium and AFCEA are hosting the Global Identity Summit, September 16-18 at the Tampa Convention Center, Florida. Amy S. Hess, executive assistant director, science and technology branch, FBI; Frank Abagnale, author of Catch Me if You Can; and David Honey, director, science and technology, and assistant deputy director, national intelligence for science and technology, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, will be among the speakers. Additional information is available online.

 

Upcoming Events, March 14 - March 28, 2014

Trivia Answer: The U.S. Coast Guard operates under DHS during peacetime but can be transferred to the U.S. Department of the Navy by the U.S. president at any time or by the U.S. Congress during times of war. Formerly operating under the Department of Transportation, after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Coast Guard was one of 22 agencies that was moved under the umbrella of the DHS to avoid conflicts with the Posse Comitatus Act, allowing it to support homeland security efforts.

 

March 7, 2014

This week's trivia question: Who was the first female admiral in the U.S. Navy who is also known in the computer world for creating the popular programming language COBOL? See answer below.

Last Chance to Add Your Insights

Sincere thanks go out to everyone who took the time to participate in the SIGNAL Media survey. The survey closes at midnight tonight, so don't miss this opportunity to share your opinions and enter for the chance to win a $50 Amazon.com gift card. As a result of careful editorial consideration and your input, you'll find new as well as traditional elements in SIGNAL Media in the future.

4th Generation DHS: Remaining Ever Vigilant

Register now for the opportunity to hear more than 20 speakers from various DHS agencies. AFCEA's Homeland Security Conference, March 10-12 at the Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, D.C., also will feature the 2014 AFCEA Small Business Partnership Symposium on March 10, 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

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 End-Users 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 to find out more about the performance constraints that arise from consolidation and how to proactively address them. More information is available online.

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 conference and exposition 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.

STEM Scholarships Available

Apply now for several science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) scholarships available to students at all levels.

STEM Teachers for America's Future, deadline April 1

OIF and OEF active duty and veteran military members, reservists and National Guard personnel, deadline May 1

STEM graduate students, deadline May 15

HBCU STEM students, deadline May 15

Visit the Library

SIGNAL Online’s free Resource Library  now features new additions:

"Securing DoD Facilities for the 21st Century"

"Big Data, Sensors and Analytics: Discovering New Information Through Technology?"

"Cybersecurity Imperatives: Reinvent Your Network Security"

"Threat Intelligence & Incident Response: A Study of U.S. & EMEA Organizations."

Interested in posting white papers or other informative corporate or academic material to generate leads? Contact Marsha Carpenter.

Attention AFCEA POCs: Take Full Advantage of Your Corporate Membership

All AFCEA Corporate Members are entitled to a designated number of corporate associates as part of their corporate membership fee. AFCEA Points of Contact: Please check your corporate associate roster, which is available through the AFCEA Portal. Be sure it includes as many of your employees as your membership allows. For additional information, contact Barbara Norkus.

Georgetown Law Helps Companies Address Cybersecurity Risks

Hear from experts about enterprise security programs, cybersecurity frameworks, potential legal exposure in the aftermath of a breach and other topics that are vital to all organizations in a time of growing cyberthreats. The event takes place in the Hart Auditorium on the Georgetown University Law Center campus, Washington, D.C., May 21-22.

 

Upcoming Events, March 7 - March 21, 2014

 

Trivia answer: Rear Adm. Grace Hopper, USN, who passed away in 1992, not only created COBOL but also is credited with creating the term "debugging" after removing a moth from a computer.

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.

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