This event occurred on May 29-30, 2014.

Dear Intelligence Professional:

We have entered an era in which voluminous data is available to national decision-makers, warfighters, intelligence professionals and individual citizens.  The Intelligence Community has the responsibility to gain access to the right data, analyze it, and produce accurate assessments that help inform both policy-makers and battlefield commanders, while preserving what has made this country great… individual rights.  The 33rd annual AFCEA Spring Intelligence Symposium will examine the challenges and opportunities associated with transforming the IC’s capabilities for accessing big data and transforming it into knowledge, while also protecting civil liberties and being good stewards of taxpayer resources in a fiscally-constrained environment.

The Symposium will consider these issues by bringing together some of the Nation’s best thinkers, warfighters, and intelligence practitioners. Keynote speakers will include:

  • General Michael Hayden, USAF (Ret.), Principal, The Chertoff Group
  • General Robert Kehler, USAF (Ret.), former Commander, U.S. Strategic Command
  • Mr. Ralph Osterhout, Osterhout Design Group
  • The Honorable Thad Allen, Admiral, USCG (Ret.), Executive Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • The Honorable Heidi Shyu, Assistant Secretary of the Army, Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA (ALT))

These featured speakers will provide the context for four focused sessions with 16 additional speakers.

Session one will address how the fundamentals of intelligence tradecraft are evolving with the introduction of new tools and techniques.  Session two will explore what potential disruptive technologies might be advantageous for the IC to pursue, and how the IC is prioritizing finite R&D resources.  Session three will discuss the array of emerging patterns, tools, techniques, and applied intelligence analysis disciplines being introduced to create unique learning environments for the emerging work force.  The symposium’s final session will consider the emerging tension between uses of traditional and non-traditional sources of information.


AFCEA also will honor Mr. David Shedd, Deputy Director, Defense Intelligence Agency, the 2013 recipient of the AFCEA Charlie Allen Award for Distinguished Intelligence Service.

We hope you will join us in DIA Headquarters, Joint Base Anacostia – Bolling, Washington, DC, on May 29-30, 2014, for the AFCEA Spring Intelligence Symposium.


Symposium Co-Chairs 

VADM Jack Dorsett, USN (Ret.)

Vice President

Northrop Grumman

LTG Robert Noonan, Jr., USA (Ret.)

Senior Vice President

Booz Allen Hamilton