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

This issue includes details about upcoming AFCEA Intelligence events, including the 32nd annual Fall Intelligence Symposium, industry days co-sponsored with each of the U.S. military services, our second annual international intelligence event in Brussels, Belgium, and more.

In the current fiscally constrained environment, AFCEA’s mission of bringing government and industry together is more important than ever. If you look at our event offerings, you will see that each one is designed to provide government agencies a platform to communicate with industry about their needs and companies opportunities to hear about government’s priorities. AFCEA has been building bridges between the public and private sectors since 1946, and AFCEA Intelligence continues that tradition.

We hope you are having a refreshing summer, and we look forward to seeing you at an upcoming AFCEA Intelligence event!

Steve Ritchey
Vice President for Intelligence
AFCEA International

AFCEA Fall Intelligence Symposium

Registration is in full swing and seats are filling quickly for the 32nd annual AFCEA Fall Intelligence Symposium being held on October 2-3, 2013, in the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s Allder Auditorium, Springfield, Virginia. The theme for the two-day classified event is “Decision Advantage in a Changing World.” Featured speakers include Dr. Christopher Kojm, Chairman, National Intelligence Council; Dr. Arati Prabhakar, Director, Defense Advanced Research Project Agency; Gen. Stanley McChrystal, USA (Ret.), Co-founder, The McChrystal Group; and Dr. Linton Wells, III, Director, Center for Technology and National Security Policy, National Defense University.

These subject matter experts will provide the context for four focused sessions with 16 additional speakers. Session One will concentrate on where the Intelligence Community (IC) and the U.S. Defense Department maintain unassailable technological superiority, where they are in danger of losing their edge, and what needs to be done to prevent others from appropriating the technologies for malevolent purposes. Session Two will explore the future scale and impact of Big Data and seek to identify the technologies and analytic methodologies needed to handle the "more is always better" ambition of intelligence. Session Three will address the paradigm shift that is taking place within the IC today to incorporate more fully non-traditional information as well as the changes that are needed in the IC structure, leadership and strategic planning to meet the changing expectations of decision makers. The symposium’s final session will discuss continuing and emerging challenges in the public-private partnership, including technical, procedural and cultural issues that must be addressed in the near term. Mr. David Shedd, Deputy Director, Defense Intelligence Agency also will receive AFCEA’s highest intelligence award – the Charlie Allen Award for Distinguished Intelligence Service.

For exhibit information, please contact Tina Vicioso, (703) 631-6250. 

For sponsorship information, please contact Gina McGovern, 703-631-6236. 

Program details and registration are now online:

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 is “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. 

Program details and registration are now online:

AFCEA Global Intelligence Forum (Brussels)

December 10-11, 2013: The second annual AFCEA Global Intelligence Forum (Brussels) will explore what new intelligence approaches and capabilities are required to meet Europe’s collective security needs. The Forum will bring together speakers from European security organizations, including non-NATO and non-EU partners, law enforcement partners and traditional defense and security organizations, and the industry that supports them. Day One will focus on the broader, over-arching issues that Europe and its close partners face and how intelligence and the private sector can be leveraged to meet national and collective requirements. Using the cyber domain as an example, Day Two will focus on what intelligence organizations need to do to meet these challenges through a better use of intelligence and technology.

For exhibit information, please contact Gretchen Eisenhower, (703) 631-6219. 

For sponsorship information, please contact Theresa Fox , 703-631-6170. 

Program details and registration are now online:

Air Force Intelligence Industry Day

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 TASC Heritage Conference Center, Chantilly, Virginia, on February 26, 2014 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:

Coast Guard Intelligence Industry Day

By virtue of its military, maritime and multi-mission character, broad statutory authorities, membership in the IC, command and control structure, and extensive experience in conducting and coordinating complex operations, the U.S. Coast Guard has complex roles within the Department of Homeland Security and subsequently the U.S. government. On April 2, 2014, AFCEA Intelligence and the Office of the Assistant Commandant for Coast Guard Intelligence and Criminal Investigations will host a one-day, classified session that will provide an overview of the Coast Guard’s significant missions and authorities at the TASC Heritage Conference Center, Chantilly, Virginia. Subject matter experts will explain how industry can work to ensure interoperability among assets as well as with the assets of the other four armed services and branches of the government.

To be informed when program details and online registration are available, please click here.


Global Intelligence Forum (USA) Podcasts

The AFCEA Global Intelligence Forum (USA) took place last week in the National Press Club.  The topic was defining the role of intelligence for cyber missions.  Most of our events are classified so this unclassified event was special with some great speakers, Podcasts of all the presentations are now available at

Signal (Bob Ackerman and team) covered the event with event blogs and daily summaries:

AFCEA Honors Gen. Alexander as Sarnoff Award Winner

Gen. Keith Alexander, USA, Commander, U.S. Cyber Command; Director, National Security Agency; and Chief, Central Security Service, has been selected as the 2013 winner of the AFCEA David Sarnoff Award. This award is AFCEA’s highest honor and recognizes individuals who have made lasting and significant contributions to global peace. Gen. Alexander will receive his award on September 25, 2013, at Union Station East Hall, Washington, D.C. as part of a black-tie AFCEA International Honors evening. The Honor Roll of past David Sarnoff recipients includes DNI James Clapper; The Honorable Duane Andrews; Gen. James Cartwright, USMC (Ret.); Adm. Edward Giambastiani, USN (Ret.); Gen. Al Gray, USMC (Ret.); The Honorable John Grimes; Gen. Mike Hayden, USAF (Ret.); Sen. Dan Inouye; Gen. Richard Myers, USAF (Ret.); Adm. James Stavridis, USN; and Sen. John Warner. This affair always draws a strong contingent of senior officials from DOD and other government agencies.

If you are interested in attending or sponsoring a table, go to

AFCEA EPIC Committee: Intelligence for Young Professionals

On June 26, 2013, AFCEA’s Emerging Professionals in the Intelligence Community (EPIC) Committee held the second event of the EPIC Speakers Series. The two-hour session focused on the relationship between the U.S. Intelligence Community and the media and featured prominent members of the media and former IC public affairs officers. The EPIC Committee is the younger counterpart of the long-established AFCEA Intelligence Committee.

To be notified of the next EPIC Speakers Series event or to learn more about joining the EPIC Committee, contact Shawnice Hawthrone at

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 IC 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.


SIGNAL Magazine's Focus on Intelligence

Each month, SIGNAL Magazine, AFCEA’s award-winning monthly journal, includes articles focused on topics of interest to intelligence professionals and companies that support the Intelligence Community. Watch especially for SIGNAL’s October issue which focuses on Intelligence.


Intelligence Event Planning and Budgeting

Here is a summary of upcoming AFCEA Intelligence events where you might want to invest your intelligence marketing dollars:


Army Intelligence Industry Day (classified, Secret)

September 20, 2013

TASC Heritage Conference Center, Chantilly, Virginia

Sponsorships only

Fall Intelligence Symposium (classified, TS/SI/TK)

October 2-3, 2013

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Springfield, Virginia Tabletop exhibits and sponsorships

Global Intelligence Forum (Brussels) (unclassified)

December 10-11, 2013

Le Plaza Hotel, Brussels, Belgium

Tabletop exhibits and sponsorships

Air Force ISR Industry Day (classified, Secret)

February 26, 2014

TASC Heritage Conference Center, Chantilly, Virginia Sponsorships only

Coast Guard Intelligence Industry Day (classified, Secret)

April 2, 2014

TASC Heritage Conference Center, Chantilly, Virginia Sponsorships only

Spring Intelligence Symposium (classified, TS/SI/TK)

April 16-17, 2014

Defense Intelligence Analysis Center (DIAC)

Joint Base Anacostia – Bolling, Washington, D.C.

Tabletop exhibits and sponsorships

Navy Information Dominance Industry Day (classified, Secret)

May 7, 2014

TASC Heritage Conference Center, Chantilly, Virginia Sponsorships only

For more details about any of these events, contact:

Exhibits: Tina Vicioso

Sponsorships: Gina McGovern

Registration: Gretchen Eisenhower

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