AFCEA is the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association

AFCEA enables you to expand your knowledge and professional network through interaction with communications, electronics, intelligence and information systems experts and decision makers worldwide

AFCEA, a non-profit international association, serves as a bridge between government requirements and industry capabilities. The association and its members are dedicated to supporting global security by providing an ethical environment that encourages a close cooperative relationship among civil government agencies, the military and industry worldwide. 

AFCEA’s combined military, industry and government membership has direct access to the association's multi-faceted professional development forum, including courses, conferences, expositions, monthly issues of SIGNAL Magazine, SIGNAL Connections and numerous networking opportunities.


AFCEA’s members, associates and sponsors and associates are among the world’s leading designers, planners, manufacturers, testers and users of systems, services and components for IT, communications, and intelligence.

  • 31,000 members  
  • 20,000 individual members; 11,000 corporate associates
  • 1,200 corporate members


Located around the world, AFCEA’s 134 chapters give engineers, programmers, managers, government officials and military personnel continuing opportunities to exchange ideas. AFCEA chapters conduct symposia and seminars in addition to other chapter activities.


SIGNAL , AFCEA’s international journal, is the recognized source of news and commentary for communications, intelligence and IT professionals. Each month, authoritative experts in their fields contribute to SIGNAL, exploring scientific research, advanced technologies, new operational concepts and information management systems. SIGNAL’s annual Source Book, released in January, contains profiles and contacts for AFCEA’s corporate members – a “who’s who” in IT. In addition to the print version of SIGNAL, AFCEA members receive the e-newsletter SIGNAL Connections as an added benefit. 


The AFCEA Educational Foundation is a tax-exempt organization. It provides annual scholarships, fellowships and awards to students in the "hard" sciences attending the five service academies, ROTC programs, graduate schools and other educational institutions. The Foundation also sponsors awards and prizes for academic excellence in military schools and training institutions of all of the services.


 AFCEA’s Professional Development Center is operated by the Educational Foundation and offers classified and unclassified courses for government, military and industry professionals in IT, communications, and intelligence.


AFCEA conferences offer problem-solving and networking opportunities through exhibits, technical panels, and featured speakers. Decision-makers from around the world attend AFCEA conferences for hands-on demonstrations, question-and-answer sessions and system solutions.

Conferences Include:

  • TechNet International Convention and Exposition, May, Washington, D.C.
  • Western Conference and Exposition , January-February, San Diego, CA
  • TechNet Asia-Pacific Conference and Exposition, November-December, Honolulu, HI
  • Intelligence Symposia, April and October, Washington, D.C.
  • TechNet Europe Symposium and Exposition, October, Various European Locations
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