AFCEA International Chapter News
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His Royal Highness Prince Feisal Ibn Al Hussein on July 26 inaugurated the Jordan Chapter of AFCEA, the first chapter in the Middle East. The inauguration conference took place at King Hussein Business Park. During the conference, an agreement between Al Hussein Technical University, the Crown Prince Foundation and the Jordan Chapter was signed for cybersecurity education and training. The inauguration event began with a reception at King Hussein Club, attended by His Royal Highness Prince Omar Ibn Feisal Ibn Al Hussein. The conference ended with a gala dinner at the Grand Hayatt Hotel and was attended by the Minister of Information and Communications Technology and key officials from Parliament, the Jordan Armed Forces and the General Intelligence Department.
The chapter's luncheon in July featured speaker Col. Joseph Matos, USMC, senior information technology officer, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific (MARFORPAC). Col. Matos's presentation was about MARFORPAC's two-year strategic plan. He spoke about the number of personnel assigned to all the organizations that fall under MARFORPAC's area of responsibility and their operating budget. Col. Matos mentioned the Marine Corps has three cyber protection teams to help identify and mitigate risks within their cyber domain. He stated that you must know your network to defend it, and while you may believe you know your network you'll be surprised how much you don't know until a risk assessment is completed. He shared that he had an analysis and risk assessment performed on their network by one of the cyber protection teams and was surprised at the findings. He recommended everyone in audience consider having a risk assessment done on their respective networks. MARFORPAC is undergoing a reorganization to align their personnel with their strategic plans. Col. Matos briefly discussed the Corps plans to upgrade the infrastructure as they move forward to place Marines on the island of Guam and their plans on improving the movement of Marines in and out of Australia. He ended his presentation by telling industry partners at the luncheon that if they want to know how they can help him, they should view his presentation. The chapter recognized Summer Vaimaona, TEKsystems as Young AFCEAN of the Month, Frank Isley, Hawaiian Electric Industries (HEI) as AFCEAN of the Month and Chief Master Sgt Christopher Gradel, USAF, DISA Pacific Command, as Senior Government Leader.
What does Air Combat Command have to do with cyber? Brig. Gen. Mark Weatherington, USAF, provided clarity to this question at the chapter's July luncheon. As director of cyberspace operations for the North American Aerospace Defense Command and the U.S. Northern Command, Gen. Weatherington provides integrated command, control, communications and computers (C4) capabilities to support the full spectrum of assigned missions and facilitate the vital information sharing and command and control needs of both commands. He asserts that just as air power has become increasingly relevant to the warfighter for every year in the last century, so too will cyber power have that same impact and legacy in the next 100 years. "For the next century, cyber will be more relevant to the outcome of engagements, battles and wars," he said. Gen. Weatherington stressed that at every level, Cyber Command must be able to communicate concisely. Operational integration of tactics, techniques and procedures (TTP) in cyberspace will be critical. Adopting and documenting these strategies will help establish a consistent language that communicates cyber's increasing integral role in every stage of operations. Integrating cyber helps those in other mission areas and fields relevant to warfighting identify with this vision of cyber and air operations. The relentless pursuit of tactical excellence toward cyber's future will revolutionize air warfare. "It's a historic time for this community ... if we take the right steps and we're aggressive about how we develop combat capability in this mission area," the general said.
The chapter held its Spring Elmer J. Fuller Memorial Golf Tournament in June at the Marlboro Country Club in Marlboro, MA. The annual event honors Elmer Fuller, a long-time Hanscom Air Force Base senior civilian and staunch supporter of AFCEA who served as past chapter president and chairman of the board. Two flights of golfers from government and industry participated in a shotgun scramble to benefit the chapter's education fund. A luncheon followed at which Elmer Fuller's family was acknowledged and welcomed. Dave Burke, master of ceremonies, awarded prizes to winning teams in each flight, announced raffle winners and concluded by thanking the golf committee and industry sponsors for their invaluable support of this event, which raises thousands of dollars annually for chapter science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) scholarships.