AFCEA International, established in 1946, is a non-profit membership association serving the military, government, industry, and academia as an ethical forum for advancing professional knowledge and relationships in the fields of communications, IT, intelligence, and global security.
AFCEA’s members, sponsors and associates are among the world’s leading designers, planners, manufacturers, testers and users of systems, services and components for communications, intelligence, imaging and information systems.
Located around the world, AFCEA’s 130 chapters and sub-chapters give engineers, programmers, managers, government officials and military personnel continuing opportunities to exchange ideas about communications, intelligence, imaging and information systems technologies. Nearly one-half of AFCEA’s chapters conduct symposia and seminars in addition to other chapter activities.
SIGNAL is a monthly international news magazine that delivers crucial information to government, military and industry professionals active in the information technology and intelligence fields. Among the topics covered in the magazine are command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR); information security; research and development; electronics; and homeland security. SIGNAL’s January issue also features the AFCEA Source Book, which contains the company profiles and contacts of AFCEA’s corporate members.
SIGNAL’s companion monthly online newsletter, SIGNAL Connections, is emailed mid-month to members. AFCEA’s Online Directories include the Source Book, the Cybersecurity Directory and the Health IT Directory. To better serve government agencies with a more comprehensive list of IT solution providers, inclusion in these online directories is open to corporate AFCEA members and nonmembers alike. Organizations provide the information in these online publications, including contacts, business focus, products/services, and/or clients. AFCEA is actively involved in Web 2.0 technologies, including webinars, podcasts, blogs, and RSS Feeds. AFCEA has a presence in a number of social media platforms including LinkedIn, Facebook, Second Life, Twitter, GovLoop, MySpace, YouTube and del.icio.us.
Education is an AFCEA core value. The Association, in partnership with the AFCEA Educational Foundation, Chapters and Members worldwide, presents $2 million annually in scholarships, grants and awards in six categories: 1) college students with STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) majors, 2) current and future teachers of STEM subjects in U.S. middle and high schools, 3) underserved/minority college students studying STEM fields, 4) students in fields related to Global Security such as intelligence, cyber and homeland security, 5) ROTC cadets/midshipmen and military personnel, and 6) students attending the five service academies and other military educational institutions.
AFCEA’s Professional Development Center (PDC) is operated by the Educational Foundation and complements the Association's educational efforts by providing a wide-ranging program of continuing education, leadership development, and technical training courses.
AFCEA conferences offer problem-solving opportunities to C4ISR, intelligence, homeland security and information technology professionals through exhibits, technical panels, and speakers. Decision makers from around the world attend AFCEA conferences to hear senior leaders, participate in panels and see the latest technologies.