AFCEA Leadership Forum
February 11 - 12, 2015
to be held at AFCEA WEST 2015, San Diego
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 six (6) two-hour sessions (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.
- Building on student experiences, develop a comprehensive understanding of leadership fundamentals through instruction, group interaction and practical exercises.
- Develop an understanding of why core values are important and how it ties in with leadership principles.
- 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.
- Develop an understanding of the necessity of “trust” and “accountability” and techniques for establishing both across the workplace.
- Develop an understanding of the importance of “teamwork” and how to promote teamwork and unity of effort.
Space in the Leadership Forum is limited. If you are interested in nominating a student in the next Forum, please go to:
There are 2 graduating classes per year for classes held at AFCEA International Headquarters, 4400 Fair Lakes Court, Fairfax, VA 22033. Two additional classes are held at AFCEA International events during the year, including a class at the AFCEA International Cyber Symposium in Baltimore, MD from June 24 - 25, 2014, and another at AFCEA International's WEST 2015 in San Diego, CA from February 10 - 12, 2015
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)
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
Each program consists of 6 classes (1 per month) for 6 months. Classes are 1.5 hours in length with a 30-45 minute reception after the presentation for networking.
Dates of our next class are: September 15, 2014, October 6, 2014, November 2014, December 1, 2014, January 12, 2015, February 2, 2015
The program is restricted to 25 rising professionals. Candidates must be nominated by someone more senior in their corporation, agency or service. (The same 25 rising professionals attend all 6 courses).
Tuition for the program is $800 per student.
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.
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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