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Event Description and Objective

National security is continuously being redefined as awareness of the cyberspace domain evolves. Cyber threats and challenges grow every day. Successfully defending our networks requires a team approach. With this in mind, the AFCEA Cyber Symposium will engage the key players, including the U. S. Government, the International Community, Industry and Academia, to discuss the development of robust cyberspace capabilities and partnerships.


The AFCEA International Cyber Symposium 2013 focuses on the critical missions of U.S. Cyber Command and the interface with Army Cyber Command, Marine Corps Forces Cyber Command, 10th U.S. Fleet Cyber Command, 24th Air Force Cyber, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, DoD-CIO, National Security Agency (NSA), Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Academia, Industry partners. The operational theme "Defining Full Spectrum Global Cyberspace Operations" will explore the operational security of DoD and Industry Networks, Cyber Operations with Joint and Coalition partners, and discuss the training and development of the cyber workforce.


MG John A. Davis, USA, Senior Military Advisor to USD-Policy for Cyber, Office of the Secretary of Defense will be the opening keynote speaker on Tuesday, June 25. GEN Keith Alexander, Commander, U.S. Cyber Command and Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service will present the closing keynote address on Thursday, June 27.


Panel discussions will focus on critical infrastructure information sharing between the Department of Defense and Industry; Interoperability, C2 and Collaboration across Joint Forces and Allied nations; Joint Information Environment, and organizational cohesion for full spectrum assured operations.


The conference will also feature three engagement theaters on the exhibit floor focused on engage and innovate; educate and train; and secure, operate and defend. Many of the panel and theater sessions, as well as AFCEA Professional Development Courses, qualify for continuing education units (CEUs) to help sustain DoD 8570.01-M mandated certifications.  In addition, more than one hundred industry exhibitors will demonstrate products and solutions to meet the Services' requirements and needs.


AFCEA International Cyber Symposium registration for active duty military and civilian government is free. AFCEA International, established in 1946, is a non-profit, non-lobbying organization serving its members by providing a forum for the ethical exchange of information, and dedicated to increasing knowledge through the exploration of issues relevant to its members in information technology, communications and electronics for the defense, homeland security and intelligence communities.



Event Attendance Guidelines for Government and Military Employees


Due to sequestration and our desire to help enable Government and Military Employee participation, AFCEA International has updated their event attendance guidelines. It is the opinion of AFCEA International that in accordance with 5 CFR 2635.203(b)(4), all Government employees (including military personnel) may attend this event at no cost and may accept meals and refreshments available to all Government employees at a nominal charge. This opinion is based on the fact that the conference is open to all Federal employees with an interest in the subject matter.

Employees who wish to attend this conference should seek approval from their supervisor or ethics counselor and ensure that free attendance and nominal meal charges at this conference have been approved.


(includes access to plenary sessions, engagement theaters, exhibit floor for three days, morning breaks, and technology reception on exhibit floor; meals available for separate purchase)
Industry AFCEA Members**
(includes access to plenary sessions, engagement theaters, exhibit floor for three days, morning breaks, technology reception on exhibit floor, and THURSDAY luncheon)

Industry Non-members
(includes access to plenary sessions, engagement theaters, exhibit floor for three days, morning breaks, technology reception on exhibit floor, and THURSDAY luncheon)

Join AFCEA and save up to $120!  A one-year membership is just $35.

Keynote Luncheon
Tuesday, June 25
$10 (Govt/Mil)
$45 (Industry)
Keynote Luncheon
Wednesday, June 26
$10 (Govt/Mil)
$45 (Industry)

Keynote Luncheon

Thursday, June 27

$10 (Govt/Mil)
$45 (Industry)
Exhibits Hall Day Pass
(includes access to theater sessions and exhibit hall only)
FREE (Govt/Mil)
$25 (Industry)

** Membership will be verified. If you sign up at the member rate and are not a current individual member of AFCEA or a corporate designee, you will be charged the nonmember rate.



Top 5 Reasons Why you should attend the AFCEA International Cyber Symposium


  1. Hear from the senior military and industry leadership and get your questions answered
    Confirmed speakers include:
    • GEN Keith B. Alexander, USA, Commander, U.S. Cyber Command, Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service
    • LTG Mark S. Bowman, USA, Director, C4, The Joint Staff, J6
    • LtGen Jon M. Davis, USMC, Deputy Commander, U.S. Cyber Command
    • Lt Gen Ronnie D. Hawkins, Jr., USAF, Director, Defense Information Systems Agency
    • LTG Rhett A. Hernandez, USA, Commanding General, U.S. Army Cyber Command
    • LTG Susan Lawrence, USA, CIO/G-6, U.S. Army
    • VADM Michael S. Rogers, USN, Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/Commander, U.S. TENTH Fleet
    • MG Jennifer L. Napper, USA, Director of Plans and Policy, J5, U.S. Cyber Command

  2. Earn CEUs and maintain your DoD 8570.01-M Credentials

  3. Participate in panel discussions:
    • Critical Infrastructure: Enabling Information Sharing Between DoD and Industry
    • Interoperability, C2, and Collaboration Across Joint Forces and Allied Nations
    • Joint Information Environment (JIE): The Road to Purple
    • Building Organizational Cohesion for Full Spectrum Assured Operations

  4. See and touch the best and newest equipment and technologies industry has to offer

  5. Engage and network with speakers, panelists, industry representatives, and other attendees