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May 5 - 6, 2015

to be held at the

AFCEA Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium, Baltimore

Space in the Leadership Forum is limited.  To nominate someone, go to:

Nominations for Leadership Forum at the AFCEA Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium, Baltimore



With a focus on practical application of the topic of leadership, the AFCEA Leadership Forum is a professional development program for individuals in mid-level management positions from the defense, intelligence and homeland security communities.  Attendees actively participate in a program (12 instructional hours) that combine lecture and classroom instruction with key leader presentations. These key leaders come from senior positions in the military, government, industry, and academia.  The course is complemented throughout by rich participative interaction and both formal and informal networking opportunities. 

  Course Objectives:

  1. Building on student experiences, develop a comprehensive understanding of leadership fundamentals through instruction, group interaction and practical exercises.
  2. Develop an understanding of why core values are important and how it ties in with leadership principles.
  3. Develop an understanding of the role of the leader in establishing the “vision” for the organization and how to develop a sense of mission and commitment to the leader’s strategy for the organization.
  4. Develop an understanding of the necessity of “trust” and “accountability” and techniques for establishing both across the workplace.
  5. Develop an understanding of the importance of “teamwork” and how to promote teamwork and unity of effort.


            EAST 2013: May 15 - 16, 2013  


                     WEST 2013: January 30-31, 2013          Twelth Class: March 2013 - Aug 2013



                   Tenth Class: March 2012 - Aug 2012      Eleventh Class: Sept 2012 - Feb 2013


                  WEST 2012: January 25-26, 2012            Ninth Class: Sept 2011 - Feb 2012


                  Seventh Class: Sept 2010 - Feb 2011       Eighth Class: March 2011 - Aug 2011



                     Fifth Class: Sept 2009 - Feb 2010           Sixth Class: March 2010 - Aug 2010


                     Third Class: Sep 2008 - Feb 2009           Fourth Class: Mar 2009 - Aug 2009


                     First Class: Sep 2007 - Feb 2008            Second Class: Mar 2008 - Aug 2008

Click here to view video discussions with
AFCEA Leadership Forum speakers at SIGNAL's
Leadership Series - Five Questions

The following leaders have participated (or are scheduled to participate) as speakers:

  • Deborah H. Alderson, Executive Vice President, Strategic Development, SRA International
  • Anne Altman, General Manager, Mainframe Platform, IBM Systems and Technology Group
  • Duane Andrews, CEO, QinetiQ, North America
  • Eric Bassel, Director, SANS Institute, Member of AFCEA Cyber Committee
  • MG Mark Bowman, USA, Director, Command, Control Communications and Computers, Joint Staff, J6
  • VADM Herb Browne, USN (Ret.), former President and CEO, AFCEA International; former Deputy Commander, Space Command
  • Robert Carey, CIO, Department of the Navy
  • Dr. Robert D. Childs, Chancellor, National Defense University iCollege
  • Paul Cofoni, Chief Executive Officer, President, CACI International
  • Lt Gen Charles E. "Charlie" Croom, Jr., USAF (Ret.), former Director, Defense Information Systems Agency, and Commander, Joint Task Force - Global Network Operations
  • LTG Pete Cuviello, USA (Ret.), Director I Network Enabled, Operational Support, Deloitte Consulting LLP; former CIO and G6 of the U.S. Army
  • Lt Gen Albert J. Edmonds, USAF (Ret.), former Commander, Defense Information Systems Agency; Edmonds Enterprise Services
  • Marlin Forbes, Regional Vice President, Defense and Intelligence, Verizon Business
  • Natalie Givans, Senior Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Linda Gooden, Executive Vice President, Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Services
  • Alfred Grasso, President and CEO, The MITRE Corporation
  • Kevin P. Green, Vice President, Defense and Intelligence, IBM Federal
  • The Honorable Wallace "Chip" Gregson, Assistant Secretary of Defense, Asia-Pacific
  • VADM Harry B. Harris, Jr., USN, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Communication Networks (OPNAV N6)
  • LTGEN Ronnie Hawkins, Jr., USAF, Director, DISA
  • John C. Inglis, Deputy Director, National Security Agency
  • RADM Arthur Langston, USN (Ret.), Vice President, Business Operations, Oracle Corporation, former Director of the Navy Staff
  • Cathy L. Lanier, Chief of Police, Metropolitan Police Department
  • LTG Susan S. Lawrence, USA, Chief Information Officer/G-6 US Army
  • Dr. J.P. London, Chairman of the Board, CACI International, Inc.
  • ADM James Loy, USCG (Ret.), The Cohen Group; former Commandent, U.S. Coast Guard
  • Alan A. Malinchak, Chief Learning Officer and Vice President, ManTech University, ManTech International
  • Lt Gen Kenneth A. Minihan, USAF (Ret.) former Director of the National Security Agency and the Defense Intelligence Agency; Managing Director of Paladin Capital Group
  • L. David Marquet, Author of Turn the Ship Around!
  • LTG Carroll F. Pollett, USA, Director, DISA
  • Lt Gen Harry D. Raduege, Jr., USAF (Ret.), former Commander, Defense Information Systems Agency; Deloitte & Touche
  • Dr. Ralph Shrader, Chairman and CEO, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • LTG Jeffrey A. Sorenson, USA, Director, CIO/G-6
  • ADM James G. Stavridis, USN, Commander, United States Southern Command
  • VADM Jerry O. Tuttle, USN (Ret.), President and CEO, J.O.T. Enterprises, LLC
  • Dr. Dinesh Verma, Dean, School of Systems and Enterprises, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • David M.Wennergren, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Information Management and Technology and DoD Deputy CIO
  • Austin Yerks, President, Defense Division, CSC
  • Dendy Young, CEO, McLean Capital, LLC
  • General Anthony G. Zinni, USMC (Ret.), Chairman of the Board of Directors, BAE Systems; former Commander in Chief of U.S. Central Command
  • David R. Oliver, Jr., former Chief Operating Officer, EADS of North America; served as
       Director of Management & Budget for Coalition Forces & Minister of Finance for Iraq

  • The program is restricted to 25 rising professionals.  Candidates must be nominated by someone more senior in their corporation, agency or service.

    Objective of program:
  • Leverage AFCEA's wealth of leadership talent to continually advance professional knowledge and
  • scholarships in the fields of communications, information technology, intelligence, cyber, and global    security, information technology, command and control, and intelligence communities.
  • Strengthen the AFCEA brand to AFCEA supporters and potential supporters.
  • Increase the value of AFCEA membership.
  • Recruit new members (people who want to be part of AFCEA given our focus on Leadership).
  • Objective of each session:

    To provide a  non-attribution discussion on the ‘keys to successes’ based on real-life examples shared by proven leaders.

    Ideal students:

    High potential rising leaders—an individual who could potentially assume a key leadership role within your organization.   Someone who may not be an AFCEA member today, but would potentially be a great future AFCEA leader.

    Click here for the March 2008 article published in SIGNAL.


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