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ALAMO CHAPTER - 06/20/2017

Maj. Gen. Garrett Yee, USA, acting director of Cybersecurity Directorate, Office of the Chief Information Officer (CIO)/G-6 (r, center), cuts the ceremonial cake with Spc. Aery Jackson, USA, 236th Signal company, Texas Army National Guard (l, center), in honor of the Army's 242nd birthday during the chapter's June monthly luncheon. At its June luncheon, the chapter welcomed back to San Antonio Maj. Gen. Garrett Yee, USA, acting director of Cybersecurity Directorate, Office of the Chief Information Officer (CIO)/G-6. The general kicked off the event by reviewing the history of the Army and the founding of the Signal Corps, which celebrated its 157th birthday on June 21. The chapter wished the 120-plus attendees a happy 242nd birthday to the U.S. Army with a cake-cutting ceremony that brought the youngest soldier, Spc. Aeryka Jackson, USA, to help Gen. Yee. San Antonio, known as Military City USA, is home to every branch of service and has one of the nation's largest active and retired military populations. "We have tremendous capabilities in San Antonio. Over 20 Army bases have already migrated over to Joint Regional Security Stacks (JRSS), to include Joint Base San Antonio," Gen. Yee said. These types of innovative, consistent improvements will make the network stronger and more effective. "We are continuously ... READ MORE


Lt. Gen. Michael Basla, USAF (Ret.), former Air Force chief information officer (CIO), speaks at the June chapter luncheon. Lt. Gen. Michael Basla, USAF (Ret.), spoke at the June chapter luncheon. Gen. Basla, senior vice president and U.S. Air Force client executive at CACI International, which sponsored the luncheon, praised AFCEA as a professional organization and strongly encouraged nonmembers to join. He made a generous personal donation for anyone at the luncheon to do so. He thanked the local community of soldiers, Defense Department employees, contractors and their families for the sacrifices they make in the fight against U.S. adversaries. Gen. Basla not only presented a history of AFCEA but also explained how collaboration between the government, industry and academia has contributed to more effective methods, technology and weaponry to prosecute the many conflicts the country has faced in the 70 years since AFCEA was established. AFCEA is crucial to the development of technologies, including cyber. Through coursework, training and networking, the brightest and best share ideas and collaborate t ... READ MORE

HAWAII CHAPTER - 06/13/2017

Guest speaker Anabel Chotzen (c) is presented a small token of appreciation by Executive Vice President Barry Fong (r) and Dee Smith, programs vice president, at the chapter meeting in June. In June, the chapter welcomed Anabel Chotzen as its featured speaker. The topic was "Adapting to Change and Thriving in a Volatile Marketplace." Being able to adapt to change and learning how to thrive in uncertain times is very applicable and timely with the fast pace changes in technology, the country's current administration and the constantly changing world. It applies to all federal agencies, cybersecurity and technology companies. Chotzen said westerners often fear change. The Chinese symbol for crisis and opportunity is the same. The word for change in the Hawaiian language is "Ho'ololi. The Hawaiians believed in the importance of embracing change. Chotzen then told the chapter about the seven dynamics of change, the process of change, the reasons people resist change, ways to assess the difficulty of acceptance of change and strategies for getting others to accept change. Being an outstanding communicator is critical during times of change. Most people are not very good list ... READ MORE

ROME CHAPTER - 06/13/2017

In June, the Department for Automated Information Systems (ReSIA) of the Italian Air Force hosted a workshop organized by Huawei with the chapter titled, "eLTE in Emergency Operational Theatres." A global leader in telecommunications, Huawei focused the event on eLTE Rapid, the wide band trunking system featuring rapid deployment and also illustrated a real field test during the disaster occurred in Rigopiano in January. Chapter President Lt. Gen. Antonio Tangorra, ITAF (Ret.), opened the conference, thanking ReSIA for the warm hospitality. Col. Michele Devastato, ITAF, ReSIA commander, introduced the department that is a benchmark for information technology and cyber defense systems development and training. Riccardo Leonelli, Huawei sales vice president, presented the company, an ICT leader at the global level, which provides Italian phone operators with its technology. Huawei invests about 10 percent of its revenues in research and development to reduce the digital divide, defi ... READ MORE


Portuguese student chapters members gather in June with chapter leaders, including (front row, 2nd from r) Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT N (Ret.) regional vice president, Atlantic Region, and Rear Adm. Mario Durao, PRT N (Ret.), chapter president (3rd from the r). The chapter along with the Almada, Covilha and Porto student chapters, organized a meeting in June in Lisbon, Portugal. The objective of the event was to exchange information between government, industry and academy to stimulate research and development (R&D) on defense, detect opportunities for new projects and recruit candidates. Cmdr. Luis Arsenio, PRT N, head of research and development for the General Directorate for Resources at the Portuguese Ministry of Defense, presented the keynote address. He identified priority technology areas for defense and provided guidelines for future R&D projects. The student chapters' presentations showed their capabilities, activities and projects. The AFCEA student clubs in Portugal are linked to the National Scientific and Technological System to stimulate scientific work and projects that addresse the needs of technological development in defense and security sectors. Carlos Sezoes, Stanton Chase International, moderated an industry panel dis ... READ MORE


Participating in the Porto Student Chapter´s presentation in June are (l-r) Joana Fonseca, student; Diogo Moreira, secretary; Jose Carlos Alves, faculty advisor; Andre Ranito, president; Nuno Fernandes, vice-president; and Diogo Sousa, student. In June, the chapter participated in the second AFCEA student clubs meeting in Lisbon, Portugal. The Porto Student Chapter is located in the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP), in the North of Portugal. Due to the academic schedule, it was not possible for the members to be physically present, but the students prepared a video with a presentation that was displayed during the meeting. The presentation, made by André Ranito, Nuno Fernandes, Diogo Moreira and Jane Fraser, focused on the World Robotic Sailing Championship (WRSC 2016) held in Viana do Castelo, Portugal. The chapter was very active in the organization of the event. The goal was to highlight the importance of the implementation of a remote monitoring system of sailboats in competition and the automation of the process of classification of various competitions.


Luis Trindade, chapter president, delivers a presentation about the Covilha Student Chapter during the June meeting. The chapter joined the second AFCEA student clubs meeting in June in Lisbon, Portugal. In the meeting the Covilha Student Chapter, located at the University of Beira Interior, was represented by professor Jorge Reis Silva, faculty advisor, and the chapter's new board. Luis Trindade, chapter president, made a presentation focused on the activities of chapter members. It included, in particular, the following: the assessment of infrastructure and complex systems; a robot with the ability to chase aircraft; the project titled "Multifunctional Air Transport System," consisting of a hybrid airship that can be used for air surveillance of civilian and military areas; the "Olharapo," an aircraft used as a test vehicle for the study of a telescoping wing; a solar unmanned aerial vehicle, which uses photovoltaic cells as an energy source; and the Shell Eco Marathon project, that allowed the development of an innovative electric motor for an ecologic prototype car.

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