In This Issue

Welcome to the spring 2013 edition of Intelligence Watch, AFCEA’s e-newsletter designed to keep you informed of activities and services supporting intelligence professionals.

In this issue, we are pleased to announce that David Shedd, Deputy Director, Defense Intelligence Agency, is the winner of the 2013 AFCEA Charlie Allen Award for Intelligence Service!

This e-newsletter also includes details about upcoming AFCEA Intelligence events, including industry days co-sponsored with each of the U.S. military services, the Fall Intelligence Symposium, and two unclassified events – one at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., and one again in Brussels.

In addition, you can read about becoming a member of the AFCEA Intelligence Committee, changes in the Mazz-INT Blog, the National Intelligence Writing Contest, and much more.

We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming AFCEA Intelligence event


Steve Ritchey
Vice President for Intelligence
AFCEA International

Mr. David Shedd Wins Charlie Allen Award and Ms. Marilyn Vacca Wins Intelligence Award for Meritorious Service

Annually, AFCEA recognizes intelligence professionals for their work on behalf of the Intelligence Community and the nation with two prestigious awards. The first is the AFCEA Charlie Allen Award for Distinguished Intelligence Service, which honors intelligence professionals with long and illustrious careers who have served at the highest levels. The second award is the AFCEA Intelligence Meritorious Service Award, which honors individuals who have distinguished themselves by either outstanding achievement or commendable service to the Intelligence Community. This year’s Charlie Allen Award winner is David Shedd, Deputy Director, Defense Intelligence Agency. Marilyn Vacca, Associate Director of National Intelligence and Chief Financial Officer, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, is the winner of the AFCEA Intelligence Award for Meritorious Service.

AFCEA Intelligence Committee Seeks New Members

Are you a member of the private sector interested in serving on the AFCEA Intelligence Committee? Starting May 1st you can apply online. The AFCEA Intelligence Committee is a group of about 60 government and industry members that oversees the association’s outreach to intelligence professionals and the Intelligence Community.

AFCEA Global Intelligence Forum (USA) - Defining the Role of Intelligence for Cyber Missions

“Defining the Role of Intelligence for Cyber Missions.” The agenda is packed with intelligence and cyber experts including ADM Dennis Blair, USN (Ret.), former Director of National Defense;, Mr. Eugene Kaspersky, CEO, Kaspersky Lab; and Chief Cathy Lanier, Chief of Police, Washington, D.C. Also participating are: Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Vice Chairman, House Armed Services Committee, Chairman, Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities, and Member, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; as well as VADM Mike Rogers, USN, Commander U.S. Fleet Cyber Command; RADM Elizabeth Train, USN, Director for Intelligence, Joint Chiefs of Staff (J-2) and many more. A key focus of the two- day conference will be on about the role industry can and must play in intelligence and cyberspace. For exhibit and sponsorship information, please contact Tina Vicioso, (703) 631-6250.
Program details and registration are now online at

AFCEA Fall Intelligence Symposium

Mark your calendar now and plan on attending the 32nd annual on October 2-3, 2013, in the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s Allder Auditorium, Springfield, VA. The theme for the two day, classified event is Decision Advantage in a Changing World. The symposium will begin with an overview of broad environmental change and ways such change could challenge traditional intelligence capabilities and functions. Subsequent sessions will address specific “drivers” influencing change -- technologies that will both produce change and permit responses to it, and the implications these developments will have for government and its corporate partners. The symposium chairs are Mr. Jud Barnes, Director, Office of Technical Collection Affairs, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, US Department of State; Dr. Bill Nolte, Research Professor and Director, Center for Intelligence Research and Education, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland; and Ms. Michele Weslander Quaid, Chief Technology Officer (Federal), Innovation Evangelist, Google, Inc.  For exhibit information, please contact Tina Vicioso, (703) 631-6250.  For sponsorship information, please contact Gina McGovern, 703-631-6236.  To be notified when program details and online registration are available, click here.



Mazz-INT Blog – New and Improved!

The Mazz-INT blog by well-known pundit Joe Mazzafro has a new look and is much more user friendly. The changes are only fitting because the commentary has a wide readership and is gaining a reputation as one of the Intelligence Community’s most influential blogs.

Win $3,000 for Your Thoughts

AFCEA Intelligence and the Naval Intelligence Professionals (NIP) co-sponsor the National Intelligence Writing Contest. This annual competition focuses on topics of specific interest to the intelligence and national security arena and offers a first place prize of $3,000, a second place prize of $1,500, a third place prize of $750, and the possibility of publication in AFCEA's SIGNAL Magazine and/or the NIP Quarterly. The theme for the 2013 contest is “Pivoting from the Middle East to the Pacific–How to Achieve the Balance in Intelligence.” The submission deadline is June 30, 2013.

AFCEA EPIC Committee: Intelligence for Young Professionals

On April 23, 2013, AFCEA’s Emerging Professionals in the Intelligence Community Committee (EPIC) held the first educational presentation in its new Speakers Series. The two-hour session focused on the relationship between the U.S. Intelligence Community and Congress and featured professional staff members from the Intelligence, Armed Services, and Appropriations committees. EPIC is a counterpart of the long-established AFCEA Intelligence Committee. To be notified of the next EPIC Speakers Series event or to learn more about the EPIC Committee, contact Shawnice Hawthrone at

Navy Information Dominance Industry Day Now Sold-Out

On May 8, 2013, AFCEA Intelligence, the Naval Intelligence Professionals and the Office of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance will co-sponsor their fourth classified (Secret) industry day. Speakers from the Information Dominance Corps will explore how the private sector can work with the Navy to address the growing importance and vulnerabilities of information in 21st century warfare. The event is sold-out.

Army Intelligence Industry Day

AFCEA Intelligence and the Office of the U.S. Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence will co-sponsor the first Army Intelligence Industry Day on September 20, 2013. The conference theme will be “Teaming with Industry: Army Intelligence 2020 and Beyond.” This classified (Secret) event will take place in the TASC Heritage Conference Center in Chantilly, Virginia, and will provide attendees with a greater understanding of Army Intelligence plus a sense of how the private sector can help meet the Army’s current and emerging intelligence requirements. For sponsorship information, please contact Tina Vicioso, (703) 631-6250. To be notified when program details and online registration are available, click here.

Air Force ISR Industry Day

On October 31, 2013, AFCEA Intelligence and the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), Headquarters U.S. Air Force, will present the second Air Force ISR Industry Day, a one-day forum examining the state of ISR in the Air Force and among its mission partners. This Secret program will be held in the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s Allder Auditorium in Springfield, Virginia, and will showcase what the Air Force is doing to achieve a global ISR capability and where it is looking for help from industry. For sponsorship information, please contact Tina Vicioso, (703) 631-6250. Program details and registration are now online at

AFCEA Global Intelligence Forum (Brussels)

On December 10-11, 2013, AFCEA Intelligence will host its second international, unclassified Global Intelligence Forum in Le Plaza Hotel in Brussels, Belgium. More than 30 intelligence and national security experts from the private and public sectors across Europe and the United States will engage in an unprecedented dialogue on “The Role of Intelligence in Meeting Europe’s Emerging Security Challenges.” For exhibit information, please contact Gretchen Eisenhower, (703) 631-6219.  For sponsorship information, please contact Gina McGovern, 703-631-6236.  To be notified when program details and online registration are available, click here.

AFCEA Intelligence Courses

AFCEA Intelligence and the AFCEA Professional Development Center offer a growing list of courses with specific interest to intelligence professionals. All the courses are taught in small classroom settings by experienced professionals. Courses range from an overview of the Intelligence Community to an advanced look at intelligence concepts for cyber conflict. The most popular intelligence course, taught by Dr. Mark Lowenthal, is titled “The U.S. Intelligence Community: Who Does What, with What, for What?” and will next be offered September 24-26, 2013.


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