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AFCEA Answers is AFCEA's bi-weekly radio show airing on Friday, 2:05 pm EST on 1500 AM and available for podcast and download any time at and www.federalnewsradio.com.

AFCEA Answers provides a forum to promote government and industry dialogue. Government and industry guests will meet to address an issue (the weekly question) and provide specific solutions (the answers). We invite you to listen and join in the conversation through our blog.

   
About the Host, Max Cacas Sponsor Opportunities Download/Listen Online

 

Current show: The Navy Charts a Course for Information Dominance with VADM Ted Branch, USN, N2/N6

Up next: The Joint Information Environment: A Progress Report with David DeVries, Deputy CIO for Information Enterprise, DoD

 

(L-R): Max Cacas, producer/host, AFCEA Answers; David DeVries, Deputy Chief Information Officer, Information Enterprise, U.S. Department of Defense

 

The Joint Information Environment: A Progress Report

airs Friday, April 25 at 2:05 p.m.

Click here for a short excerpt from David DeVries

The Department of Defense is in the midst of a large-scale revamping of its information infrastructure. The Joint Information Environment (JIE) promises to facilitate information sharing among the military services, other government stakeholders, and coalition partners. And it will do so while consolidating resources at a time of budgetary challenges. In this edition of AFCEA Answers, DOD deputy CIO David DeVries offers a progress report on the JIE, and hints at how they will inevitably measure success.  Also: a preview of the upcoming AFCEA JIE Mission Partner Symposium, May 12-14 in Baltimore.

Related event: AFCEA JIE Mission Partner Symposium, May 12-14, 2014

 

(L-R): VADM Ted Branch, USN, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance (N2/N6) and Director, Naval Intelligence; Max Cacas, producer/host, AFCEA Answers.

The Navy Charts a Course for Information Dominance

Click here for a short excerpt from VADM Branch

For the U.S. Navy, Information Dominance has become just as important a pillar in its warfighting strategy as fast planes and sturdy warships. Our guest, Vice Admiral Ted Branch, USN, the Navy’s N2/N6 and director of Naval Intelligence, explains how industry can benefit from understanding the Navy’s priorities when it comes to Information Dominance. He will also explain how he manages to juggle four different jobs that are all related to the mission of Information Dominance.

Related event: Navy Information Dominance Industry Day, May 7, 2014

 

(L-R): Max Cacas, producer/host, AFCEA Answers and Kevin Scheid, Acting Deputy Chief Management Officer, Department of Defense.

Managing Change at the Pentagon

Click here for a short excerpt from Kevin Scheid

At a time when spending reductions, winding down two decade-long wars, and new threats from new adversaries is the “new normal”, one of the Defense Department’s challenges is managing amidst all this change. In this edition of AFCEA Answers we’ll talk with Kevin Scheid, Acting Deputy Chief Management Officer with DoD about new initiatives to manage the largest federal agency. Hear how a shift in responsibility for business system IT has changed the job of one top DoD official. Plus, Scheid outlines how Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is working on a new roadmap to improve DOD management. 

 

(L-R): Max Cacas, producer / host, “AFCEA Answers”; RADM Bob Day, USCG, Chief Information Officer, U.S. Coast Guard and Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Cyber Command.

Debriefing the Coast Guard CIO

Click here for a short excerpt from RADM Day

Whether it’s network bandwidth, acquisitions, cybersecurity, or the Joint Information Environment, Rear Admiral Robert Day, Jr., USCG, Chief Information Officer of the U.S. Coast Guard, has been involved in answering the Service’s information technology challenges. In this edition of AFCEA Answers, RADM Day, who also serves as commander of Coast Guard Cyber Command, reflects on his 5 years as CIO, and his 34 years of military service as he prepares to retire this summer. He considers IT to be a “mission enabler” for the Coast Guard, and points to the recently deployed “Rescue 21” shipboard communications system, which he says, “is taking the ‘search’ out of search-and-rescue.”

 

(L-R): Max Cacas, host/producer, AFCEA Answers;  Kshemendra Paul, Program Manager, Information Sharing Environment, Office of the Director of National Intelligence.  

Building an Information Sharing Framework

Click here for a short excerpt from Kshemendra Paul

When minutes count, timely information sharing could be the difference in stopping terrorists and saving lives. This week on "AFCEA Answers", we'll talk to Kshemendra Paul, Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.  His office spearheads an effort to make possible information sharing between Federal, state and local law enforcment. Its part of a trend toward rapid and secure sharing of critical data when time is of the essence.

 

(L-R): Brian Dearing, vice president, Business Development and Government Relations, HDT Global; Max Cacas, host/producer, “AFCEA Answers”; Paul Grossman, vice president, International Trade, Virginia Economic Development Partnership.

Going Global for Virginia Business

Click here for a short excerpt from Paul Grossman

In the midst of the current decline in federal defense spending, the Commonwealth of  Virginia is taking steps to ensure that companies in the state’s multi-billion dollar defense industry are able to find new business opportunities.  It’s a program that goes beyond the usual “goodwill  tour”. This week on “AFCEA Answers,” we’ll examine the “Going Global” initiative with Paul Grossman, vice president of international trade with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership; and Brian Dearing, vice president of business development and government relations with HDT Global . The initiative is designed to help prepare Virginia businesses to find new markets beyond American shores, and develop business strategies to help them win their share of this business.

Related Content: SIGNAL December 2013: Program Keeps Defense Companies Viable Through International Trade

 

This week's guests: Suzanne Spaulding (c), Acting Department of Homeland Security Undersecretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate; and Jill Singer (r), Partner, Deep Water Point Consulting.

Critical Infrastructure Protection

Click here for a short excerpt from Suzanne Spaulding

Most people don’t think about critical infrastructure until the power goes out, or fresh drinking water doesn’t flow from the tap. But the federal government has mapped out a plan with the help of industry, to safeguard the nation’s critical infrastructure. On this edition of “AFCEA Answers”, we’ll discuss the nuances of the newly-released National Infrastructure Protection Plan with Suzanne Spaulding, the acting Department of Homeland Security Undersecretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate; and Jill Singer, a partner with Deep Water Point consulting in McLean, Virginia.  

 

Best of 2013

Click here for a short excerpt from Lt Gen Ronnie Hawkins, Jr., USAF

Click here for a short excerpt from BGen Kevin Nally, USMC

As we begin the new year, we thought this would be a good time to recap some of our conversations from the first six months of “AFCEA Answers” broadcasts.  From cloud to tactical radios, mobility to cybersecurity, and even a friendly debate about big data in the intelligence community, we’ll have it all for you.  This episode features top guests from government, industry and academia.  

 

(L-R): Mark Lowenthal, President & CEO, The Intelligence and Security Academy; Max Cacas, host, “AFCEA Answers”; Lewis Shepherd, Director, Microsoft Institute.

Big Data Point-Counterpoint

America's Intelligence Community depends on timely, accurate information to help national leaders make important decisions every day. And yet, increasing use of drones, remote sensors, satellites and a plethora of digital data sources threatens to overwhelm analysts abilities to sort out needles of useful information in the big data haystack. In this edition of AFCEA Answers, Mark Lowenthal from the Intelligence and Security Academy, and Lewis Shepherd with the Microsoft Institute, continue a debate started in the pages of SIGNAL Magazine on whether or not an emphasis on Big Data in the IC should be a top priority at this time.

Related Content: SIGNAL Video November 2013:

Should the Intelligence Community Embrace Big Data?

Related event: AFCEA Spring Intelligence Symposium, "Insight From Chaos: Making Sense of Big Data", May 29-30, 2014

 

(L-R): In the studio: Pat Delaney,  University of Maryland University College; Max Cacas, host, “AFCEA Answers”. On the phone/inset (left to right):  Dr. Ron Ross, NIST; Chris May, Carnegie Mellon University CERT.

Cybersecurity Workforce

Click here for a short excerpt from Dr. Ron Ross

Click here for a short excerpt from Pat Delaney

Click here for a short excerpt from Chris May

For more than a decade, experts have been forecasting a shortage in trained cybersecurity professionals.  And the demand for those experts continues, even as government and industry notes an uptick in the number and the nature of cyber threats.  On this edition of “AFCEA Answers”, we get a report card on efforts to educate and train the cybersecurity workforce with Dr. Ron Ross from NIST; Pat Delaney from University of Maryland University College;  and Chris May from Carnegie Mellon University’s CERT program.

 

(L-R): Ken Gantt, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Biometric Identity Management, Department of Homeland Security; Dr. Stephanie Schuckers, Director of the Center for Information Technology Research (CITeR) and Professor at Clarkson University; Max Cacas host, AFCEA Answers.

Identity Assurance

Click here for a short excerpt from Ken Gantt

Click here for a short excerpt from Dr. Stephanie Schuckers

For more than a decade, experts have been forecasting a shortage in trained cybersecurity professionals.  And the demand for those experts continues, even as government and industry notes an uptick in the number and the nature of cyber threats.  On this edition of “AFCEA Answers”, we get a report card on efforts to educate and train the cybersecurity workforce with Dr. Ron Ross from NIST; Pat Delaney from University of Maryland University College;  and Chris May from Carnegie Mellon University’s CERT program.

 

(L-R): Max Cacas, host. AFCEA Answers; Lt Gen Mike Peterson, USAF (Ret.), Vice President, URS; Dr. Ernest McDuffie, lead, National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, National Institute of Standards and Technology. (Inset/on the phone) Tom Conway, Director, Federal Business Development, McAfee.

Cyber Security Awareness: Safeguarding the Grid

Click here for a short excerpt from Ernest McDuffie

The "persistent threat" is becoming the hallmark of how government and industry deal with cybersecurity concerns, particularly threats to the nation's electrical grid and critical infrastructure. Plus: how is industry and government training and retaining top cybersecurity professionals? On this edition of "AFCEA Answers", we'll explore these topics with Dr. Ernest McDuffie from NIST; Mike Peterson, Vice President with URS, former Air Force CIO; and Tom Conway, Director of Federal Business Development with McAfee.

This episode is brought to you by URS and McAfee.

 

(L-R): Max Cacas, host, AFCEA Answers; BGen Kevin J. Nally, USMC, Director of C4/CIO, U.S. Marine Corps and MG Dennis Moran, USA (Ret.), Vice President of Government Business Development, Harris RF Communications.

Tactical Radio Communication and Networking

Click here for a short excerpt from BGen Kevin Nally, USMC

Tactical radios are evolving from devices that merely transmit voice messages from one point to another, into devices that allow warfighters to receive important multimedia information at the edge of the tactical network. But what are the challenges, opportunities - and frustrations - of avoiding past mistakes, and realizing the promise of joint tactical communications devices? We'll explore that on this edition of AFCEA Answers with the Marines CIO, Gen. Kevin Nally USMC, and retired Army General Dennis Moran, Vice President of Government Business Development with Harris RF Communications.

This episode is brought to you by Harris.

Related Content: SIGNAL October 2013: New Radios, Waveforms Move Military Communications Into the Sky

 

In the studio, left to right: Max Cacas, host, AFCEA Answers; Dan Doney, Chief Innovation Officer, Defense Intelligence Agency. On the phone, left to right: Brian Weiss, Vice President, Autonomy, Hewlett-Packard Software and Joseph Opdahl, Director, Marketing, Big Data Analytics and Storage, Intel.

Big Data Part 2

Click here for a short excerpt from Dan Doney

In part two of our look at Big Data, AFCEA Answers explores how the Defense Department is coping with gathering, storing, and analyzing the huge datasets from the growing universe of sensors available to the warfighter. Progress is being made in the five "V's": volume, velocity, variety, veracity, and value, but more work needs to be done, creating potentially profitable business opportunities for innovative firms in the IT industry.

This episode is brought to you by HP and Intel.

 

(L-R): Max Cacas, host, AFCEA Answers; Kapil Bakshi, Chief Solution Architect, Cisco Public Sector; Simon Szykman, Chief Information Officer, Department of Commerce. On the phone from San Jose, CA, Tony West, VP for Advanced Research and Technologies, Cisco.  

Big Data Part 1

Click here for a short excerpt from Simon Szykman

One of the most pressing matters facing federal government IT experts and industry leaders is Big Data. In the first of two shows, we'll explore the challenges of taming the firehose of information in a large federal agency with Simon Szykman, Chief Information Officer with the Department of Commerce, Kapil Bakshi, Chief Solution Architect, Cisco Public Sector and Tony West, VP for Advanced Research & Technologies, Cisco Systems.

This episode is brought to you by Cisco.

 

(L-R): Diana Gowen, Senior Vice President/General Manager, CenturyLink; Max Cacas, host, AFCEA Answers; David DeVries, Deputy Chief Information Officer for Information Enterprise, Department of Defense

Enterprise Services

Click here for a short excerpt from David DeVries

As recently as a decade ago, enterprise services was seen as a way to cut costs and provide more efficient data and telephone services to civilian offices. But now, with the rise of the Pentagon's Joint Information Environment, enterprise services is taking on a new role in providing tactical information advantage to warfighters in the field, and business opportunities to industry capable of providing both the hardware and software to make it happen.

This episode is brought to you by CenturyLink.

 

(L-R): Mark Lambin, Business Development Manager, Cisco Public Sector; Edwin Elmore, Cloud Computing Business Development Manager, Cisco; David McClure, Associate Administrator, Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, General Services Administration; Max Cacas, Host, AFCEA Answers

Cloud Computing

Click here for a short excerpt from David McClure

In part two of our examination of cloud computing in the federal government, Dave McClure with the General Services Administration, and Edwin Elmore and Mark Lambdin with Cisco Systems in Washington, provide a report card on cloud computing. How are industry and government meeting the challenges of security, acquisitions and 'big data' when it comes to the cloud? And what do government and industry expect from each other when it comes to the business of cloud computing?

This episode is brought to you by Cisco.

 

(L-R): Max Cacas, Producer, AFCEA Answers; Terry Halvorsen, Chief Information Officer, Department of the Navy; Henry Fleischmann, Chief Technologist for Federal Cloud Computing Solutions, HP; Ruchi Bhargava, IT-Hybrid Cloud Program Manager, Intel (not pictured)

Cloud Computing

This AFCEA Answers episode investigates current trends in cloud computing in government and industry. Hear what US Navy CIO Terry Halvorsen has to say about cloud computing in the US Navy.

This episode is brought to you by HP and Intel.

 

(L-R): Max Cacas, host, AFCEA Answers; Lance Dubsky, Chief Information Security Officer and Director, Information Security Management Office, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), and Albert Kinney, Director, Cybersecurity Capabilities, Enterprise Services, U.S. Public Sector, Hewlett-Packard Company (HP).

Cyber Threat Landscape

Click here for a short excerpt from Lance Dubsky

This AFCEA Answers episode explores the cyber threat landscape and how it impacts government and industry.

This episode is brought to you by HP.

 

(Top to Bottom): Lt Gen Ronnie Hawkins, Jr., USAF

Director, Defense Information Systems Agency; Kevin Manwiller

Manager, Federal Security Solutions
Cisco; Michael Mulville

Cisco Cybersecurity Solutions Executive

Mobility

Click here for a short excerpt from Lt Gen Ronnie Hawkins, Jr., USAF

This AFCEA Answers episode tackles issues surrounding mobility for the government and industry community. Find out what Mobility means to Lt Gen Ronnie Hawkins, Jr., USAF, Director, DISA, as he discusses this key disruptive technology with industry experts.

This episode is brought to you by Cisco.

 

 

 

 


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