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Government Actions Key to Building a Cyber Workforce

April 18, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
Credit: Shutterstock

The federal government can spur cyber education and entry into the workforce with a variety of incentives during and after schooling.

Smart Strategic Deterrence Leverages Digital Engineering

April 18, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Gen. Timothy Ray, USAF, commander of the Air Force Global Strike Command and commander of the Air Forces Strategic Command, explains the service’s development of the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent weapon system. Credit: The George Washington University Project for Media and National Security

Air Force leader outlines the importance of the nation’s ground-based strategic deterrent missile.

Collaboration Can Curb Adversarial Threats

April 17, 2019
By Maryann Lawlor
Rear Adm. Christian Becker, USN, commander, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), discusses the defense industry’s role executing the Chief of Naval Operations “A Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority 2.0” during a combined AFCEA and NDIA event. SPAWAR works closely with industry to provide the tactical networks, space systems and C4ISR technology assets and services U.S. Navy fleet operators require. U.S. Navy photo by Rick Naystatt/Released

Defeating hostile threat attempts depends on building effective private-public partnerships.

Link 16 Hits the Ground Running

April 17, 2019
By Maryann Lawlor
Ground operations are the new frontier for Link 16 systems. Unlike their larger airborne and naval predecessors, these nodes spend more time receiving transmissions from platforms such as aircraft. Credit: ViaSat

Link 16 networks support theaterwide engagements from air to ground and ground to ground.

Gentex is Procuring Tactical Systems for SOCOM

April 15, 2019

Gentex Corp., Simpson, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $95,000,000 maximum, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract (H92403-19-D-0003) for the purchase of Special Operations Forces Personal Equipment Advance Requirements (SPEAR) family tactical headborne systems in support of U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $150,000 were obligated at the time of award. The work will be performed in Simpson, Pennsylvania. Work is expected to be completed by April 2024.

Air Force Seeks Research Proposals from Industry and Academia

April 15, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The Air Force Office of Scientific Research is soliciting proposals from industy and academia for fundamental research in over 40 topic areas under a $100 million Broad Agency Agreement for the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). Credit: AFRL

The service looks to spur innovation with its $100 million Broad Agency Agreement.

The Marines Look to Elevate Signals Intelligence and Electronic Warfare

April 12, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Col. Dave Burton, USMC, program manager, Intelligence Systems, USMC Systems Command, notes that organizational changes are helping the Marines bring forth signals intelligence capabilities.

The service is working to move these capabilities in direct support of the warfighter.


A New Perspective Aids Cyber Inspections Amid Mission Risk

April 8, 2019
By John K. Porter III
Members of the JFHQ-DODIN Operations Center (JDOC) support and enable proactive defensive actions on a 24/7 basis, sharing timely and relevant operational information and intelligence with Defense Department components and partners.

The Defense Department is employing a new design for its Next Generation (NEXTGEN) cybersecurity inspection that links the inspection to an organization’s operational mission.

$5.2 Million High Performance Computing Program Seeks Proposals

April 9, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
Industry solutions across manufacturing, materials and mobility applications are wanted for the government’s $5.2 million High Performance Computing Energy Innovation Program. Credit: Shutterstock

The Department of Energy and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are working to advance high performance computing.

NSA Releases the Dragon

April 8, 2019
By Maryann Lawlor
The Ghidra tool suite examines compiled code using disassembly, decompilation and graphing.

The National Security Agency is now sharing the source code of Ghidra, its reverse engineering tool for cybersecurity.

AFCEA Excom Member Dies

April 3, 2019
By Julianne Simpson

Col. Tom Horton, USAF (Ret.), a member of the executive committee on AFCEA’s board of directors, died on March 20 at the age of 72. He also served on the board of the Atlanta Chapter.

Prepping for Next-Generation Governmentwide Acquisition Contract

April 2, 2019
By Maryann Lawlor

Acquisition experts believe the competition for STARS III contract should begin this year to avoid a lapse in ordering periods.

The ACC Makes its Cyber Move

April 1, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
The Air Force is becoming more of a software company with hardware components, and is buying capabilities, says Col. Chad Raduege, USAF, director of cyberspace and information dominance, Air Combat Command.

The command is reshaping itself for the multidomain battlefield.


Experts Explore Mystery of Security Metrics

April 1, 2019
By Maryann Lawlor
System and information security can be measured in a number of ways, including how it affects the bottom line. Credit: Shutterstock

Organizations want secure systems are but aren't sure how to measure their security system.

DISA Rolls Out milDrive Digital Storage Solution

March 28, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The Defense Information Systems Agency’s (DISA's) new digital personal file storage service called milDrive will offer flexibility and reliability to warfighters, the agency says. Credit: Shutterstock/Andrey VP

The military IT agency’s cloud-based personal file storage service will give warfighters more flexibility, officials say.

Mission-Focused, Holistic Strategy Aims to Increase Army Agility

March 27, 2019
By Kaitlyn Cotter
Brig. Gen. Jennifer Buckner, USA, director of cyber, electronic warfare, and information operations, Department of the Army G-3/5/7, addresses modernization effort during a Women in Leadership Panel at AFCEA Belvoir Industry Days. Credit: Michael Carpenter

Modernization effort moves forward with a shift to the cloud and continued industry collaboration.

Lifetime Member Chuck Corjay Passes Away

March 26, 2019
By Julianne Simpson
Chuck Corjay (r) and David Scarbalis (l), former chapter president, welcomed speaker Terry Halvorsen, then-Defense Department chief information officer, to the NOVA Chapter's Joint Warfighter IT Day in September 2016.

Charles (Chuck) R. Corjay, a Distinguished Life Member of AFCEA, passed away on March 17. He was 86.

First Responders Look for Advanced Haptic Interfaces

March 26, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
A screenshot depicts the virtual reality environment for the EMS scenario for the NIST Public Safety Communications Research Division’s Haptic Interfaces for Public Safety Challenge. Credit: PSCR

The emerging tactile technology could provide key information to firefighters and other public safety officials during crises.

President's Commentary: NATO Must Back Up Talk With Action

April 1, 2019
By Lt. Gen. Robert M. Shea, USMC (Ret.)

Deliberate discussion has always been the method of determining NATO policy and direction, but the window for that approach is narrowing. NATO must decisively confront several challenges.

AFCEA Receives $15,000 Scholarship Endowment for Women in STEM

April 1, 2019
Col. Kathy Swacina, USA (Ret.) (c), receives the 2019 Women’s Appreciation Award from DeEtte Gray, AFCEA chairwoman of the board, and Lt. Gen. Robert Shea, USMC (Ret.), AFCEA president and CEO.

Col. Kathy Swacina, USA (Ret.), and her husband Lt. Col. Dan Swacina, USA (Ret.), have generously donated $15,000 to endow a new scholarship for female students in Georgia who are majoring in STEM.