Track 1



“Recruitment and Retention of Cyber Warriors”


This track will discuss the efforts to create a cyber professional workforce to meet current and emerging threats against the Nation and Department of Defense.


Session 1, 1200 - 1445, 27 Mar │ Crystal Ballroom

Subject Title: Military Panel on Cyber Professional Development (** CEU eligible)

Speakers: COL John (Jake) Conway, USA, Director, Office of Chief of Military Intelligence (OCMI), U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence; Mr. Craig Zimmerman, Director, Office of Chief of Signal (OCOS), U.S. Army Signal Center of Excellence; and Mr. Lucas Kagel, Army Cyber Proponent, ARCYBER

Moderator: Mr. Chris Ladra, NETCOM ACoS, G-1/Chief, HR Operations

Synopsis:This session will present actions which are being taken to create cutting edge cyber professionals to combat the primary threat to the DOD’s ability to accomplish its mission across the full spectrum of operations.  Creating cyber focused military specialties, recruiting prospects, and usage will be highlighted in the discussion.    

Key Outcomes:Participants will develop an understanding of the unique challenges and requirements associated with creating cyber professionals in the military.






Session 2, 1045 - 1200, 28 Mar │ Crystal Ballroom

Subject Title: Recruiting and Retaining Cyber Professionals in Industry

Speaker: Northrop Grumman panel

Synopsis: Participants will develop an understanding of the challenges and process used in industry to recruit, train, retain and develop cyber professionals in a growing field that is critical to every facet of government and corporate operations.    



Session 3, 1615 - 1730, 28 Mar │ Crystal Ballroom

Subject Title: Recruiting Cyber Professionals in the University System  

Speaker: Dr. Benjamin B. M. Shao, Arizona State University (ASU)

Synopsis: Participants will develop an understanding of the type of individual targeted, techniques utilized and program requirements for this emerging field of study.  




** Earn CEUs and Maintain Your DoD 8570.01-M Credentials While Advancing Your Cyber Security Career

Several TechNet Land Forces Southwest sessions will help attendees sustain DoD 8570.01-M mandated certifications. Over the past several years, federal agencies have collectively agreed that the ever-changing threats associated with cyber security create the need for a continuous learning process to reduce risk to our national security. In response, industry certification bodies adopted a continuous education model to address these issues. AFCEA has partnered with Cypherpath, a cyber security training and education company, to launch a new Continuing Education Unit (CEU) program to train, manage and report relevant critical knowledge and skills-related activities required to meet DoD 8570.01-M requirements. Individuals must enroll in the CE Program, attend qualified sessions, obtain and submit validated documentation in order to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs). TechNet Land Forces Southwest attendees may receive CEUs for sessions designated (by a **) to support CE requirements for sustaining DoD 8570.01-M certifications. Please stop by the AFCEA booth (#217) to obtain a flyer with answers to frequently asked questions about CEUs.