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January 2014

Can You Hear Me, Ivan?

January 1, 2014
By Lt. Gen. Daniel P. Bolger, USA (Ret.)

Bored soldiers often invent ways to pass the time. Out on the wide steppes of Central Asia, the conscript regiments of the old Imperial Russian Army found themselves and their men isolated in hundred-man wooden stockades. Their mission involved border defense, keeping watch for bands of horse brigands who raided by day and for parties of well-armed smugglers who slipped across by night. These furtive foes might appear one day in 300. In the long, dreary, dusty interim, glum Russians practiced marching and marksmanship, cleaned weapons and uniforms and stared out at the endless, flat, grassy horizon.

Government, Agencies, Industry Come Together at TechNet International 2013

January 1, 2014

AFCEA Europe’s TechNet International 2013, held at the Lisbon Congress Center, Portugal, on October 23 and 24, was organized under the patronage of the minister of national defense, Portugal, in cooperation with the NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency and with the support of the AFCEA Portugal Chapter. This event, which was run under the theme “Go Connected + Go Smart = Zero Distance,” brought together more than 300 experts from NATO, government, academia and industry.

The welcome keynote address was delivered by the secretary of state and assistant to the minister of national defense Portugal (SEADN), Dr. Berta Cabral. After words of welcome from Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PON (Ret.), president, AFCEA Portugal Chapter, and vice president, AFCEA Euro-Atlantic Region, and Maj. Gen. Klaus-Peter Treche, GEAF (Ret.), general manager of AFCEA Europe, the SEADN and keynote speakers, Vice Adm. Pereira da Cunha, PON, chief of the Joint Staff Portugal (CHOD PO), and Chuck Shawcross, director of service strategy for the NCI Agency, gave their keynote addresses. There was also a video presentation from Maj. Gen. Koen Gijsbers, RNLA (Ret.), general manager of the NCI Agency.

Highlights of the scene-setting presentations on day one of the event were those of Lt. Gen. Erich Pfeffer, GEA, vice chief of staff of the German Joint Support Service, on “Rapid Situational Assessment of Land-based Operations,” and of CALM Rear Adm. Silva Ribeiro, PON, director of the Portuguese Hydrographic Institute, on “Rapid Environmental Assessment of the Maritime Battlespace.” The speeches and discussions that followed reflected two special theme tracks: “Enterprise Mobility” and “Secure Networks.”

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