Air Force One departs Maxwell Air Force Base in March. The Air Force eventually will replace the aircraft with 747s—but not until 2023.

PEO Spotlight: Keeping an Aging Fleet Flying

July 1, 2015
By Sandra Jontz
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Sustainment costs worry Kevin Buckley much more than upfront program procurement costs ever will, especially as he works to keep the U.S. Air Force’s aging fleet of transport aircraft flying and juggles issues such as obsolete replacement parts and a fatigued work force spread thin.

Corporate Data Breach Report Sheds Light on Intrusions

July 1, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman
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The “2015 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report,” released this spring, states that the top three industries affected by cybermarauders are public, information and financial services. This is unchanged from the annual report’s results last year. The report adds that the estimated financial loss from 700 million compromised records totals $400 million.

President's Commentary: Confronting Cyberthreats

July 1, 2015
By Lt. Gen. Robert M. Shea, USMC (Ret.)

Cyberthreats come from different areas—whether they represent terrorists, industrial espionage, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), organized crime, nation-states or even “hacktivists” trying to shape the political environment. Multiple sources with diverse motivations are affecting activities throughout cyberspace, and there is no one-size-fits-all remedy or “silver bullet” solution.

Part of the power grid is supported by electrical lines that carry power to customers through rugged terrain. Cybersecurity experts believe supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems may be the Achilles’ heels that allow malefactors to bring down such critical infrastructure via cyberspace.
A biorefinery in Iowa processes biomass into ethanol as part of the U.S. energy infrastructure. A cyber attack in Germany physically damaged a blast furnace by infecting the plant’s SCADA system with malware—possibly a harbinger of future infrastructure attacks, experts believe.

Destructive Cyber Attacks Increase in Frequency, Sophistication

July 1, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman
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A more diverse group of players is generating a growing threat toward all elements of the critical infrastructure through cyberspace. New capabilities have stocked the arsenals of cybermarauders, who now are displaying a greater variety of motives and desired effects as they target governments, power plants, financial services and other vulnerable sites.

The audience listens to a panel discussion at NITEC 2015.
Maj. Gen. Koen Gijsbers, RNLA (Ret.), NATO Communications and Information Agency general manager, outlines key points of discussion at NITEC 2015 in Madrid.
Lt. Gen. Michel Yakovleff, FRA (l), vice chief of staff, Allied Command Operations, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, and Harri Larsson, AFCEA regional vice president for the Nordic Region, exchange ideas during an event break at NITEC 2015.

Cooperation Shapes NITEC 2015

July 1, 2015
By Mario de Lucia

Extensive cooperation among NATO member nations, their industries and their academics will be necessary to address the challenges facing the Atlantic alliance, according to speakers at NITEC 2015.

As the top graduate of iCollege’s Advanced Management Program, the FBI’s David Lubinsky (l) receives an AFCEA award from Gen. Dubia.
At a spring ceremony, Paul Agosta of the Defense Health Agency (2nd from l) receives an AFCEA award as the top graduate in the Chief Information Officer (CIO) Program at the National Defense University’s (NDU’s) iCollege. Attending the event were (from l) John G. Grimes, former assistant secretary of defense for networks and information integration, and CIO, Department of Defense; Lt. Gen. John A. Dubia, USA (Ret.), former AFCEA executive vice president; and Terry Halvorsen, Defense Department CIO.

Academic Awards Recognize Excellence, Promote Achievement

July 1, 2015

The AFCEA Educational Foundation sponsors awards at the nation’s service academies and other military educational institutions. In addition, the top commissioning ROTC cadet in each service and midshipman are similarly recognized with an AFCEA Honor Award.

Incoming: The Great Wall of Sand

July 1, 2015
By Adm. James Stavridis, USN (Ret.)

China is flexing its muscles and expanding its reach, particularly in the maritime domain. As the United States tries to consolidate the so-called pivot to Asia by bringing 60 percent of the U.S. fleet to bear, leaders need to be thinking through all their other options to deal with the growing ambition of the People’s Republic of China.