The community of companies doing business in the security arena is as large and diverse as the products and services they offer. Organizations may find it difficult to locate the company with the products and services matching their specific requirements.
ATTENTION AFCEA CONTACTS: Time to Update Your Company's SIGNAL Source Book Listing
SIGNAL Online now features a section dedicated to sharing white papers and other instructional and research materials. The Resource Library is an e-location that currently includes information about data warehousing, security and cloud computing, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance in space, and content will continue to grow.
The headline may just be a fancy way of saying, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life,” but during this season of graduations, it’s a cliché worth contemplating. Most grads don’t recall the wisdom their commencement speaker shared during a ceremony they had worked so hard to attend. Even most parents are so proud—and relieved—to be in the graduation audience that, short of an Oprah giveaway, the words fall on deaf ears.
The late Vice Adm. Arthur K. Cebrowski, USN (Ret.), looks over my shoulder as I work in my home office. His picture graced the May 2003 cover of SIGNAL Magazine, highlighting an article Clarence A. Robinson Jr., wrote based on an interview with the admiral. I was lucky enough to escort SIGNAL’s freelance photographer to take the photo of Adm. Cebrowski when he led the charge for change as the director of the U.S. Defense Department’s Office of Force Transformation. I received a cover photo plaque that hangs in my home office for my effort, though it really wasn’t necessary.
The “nature versus nurture” debate regarding what we end up doing in life has been going on for years. Are particular talents the product of Mother Nature, or do they require nurturing to develop them? It’s a pretty short discussion when it comes to true geniuses or children who demonstrate an extraordinary talent in music, for example, by age 3. Put simply, no explanation is possible. But by adulthood, is excellence in public speaking or chemistry or even writing an inborn talent or the result of having opportunities to learn and practice a skill?
In the sphere of military community support, Army Community Covenant operates at the strategic level. The organization aims at raising awareness and encouraging businesses, agencies and groups at the local and state levels to create and foster state and community partnerships that assist service members. The first phase of the program is the signing of the Community Covenant. Each community determines its own wording for the document and decides on the number of signatories, usually between 16 and 20 people.
For just over two weeks, people around the world were talking about nation facing nation, not on the field of combat, but rather in the spirit of competition. Every two years, the Olympic Games provide the opportunity for the global population to rally around their respective country's best-of-the-best and to admire—perhaps with secret envy—some of the most athletically talented people in the world no matter their nationality. Regardless of other world news, these games—if you can call such intense activities "games"—kindle a spark of commoderie as everyone shares one purpose: cheering on their nation's participants.
This month, all AFCEA corporate member points of contact (POCs) will receive a package that includes their current corporate profile and details about how to update this information. Only profiles that have been reviewed since January 1, 2012, will be included in full in the January 2013 Source Book issue of SIGNAL Magazine. All others will include only a company’s name and contact information.
As comfortable traveling the world as she is nurturing at home, Lexley Bender is bringing a sense of enthusiasm to the Aberdeen Chapter as it continues to grow in part as the result of BRAC 2005. Bender truly can be called a renaissance woman as she develops business opportunities for Data Systems Analysts as a career, golfs and plays piano for enjoyment, travels often to Europe to visit family, and cares for Millie and Belle, the two rescue dogs her family adopted. On the AFCEA front, she's handled everything from publicity to programs, helping raise thousands of dollars along the way.
Actively participating in AFCEA calls for enthusiasm and commitment. The deep devotion one Philadelphia Liberty Bell Chapter member brings to every aspect of his life demonstrates that he has the right stuff. With a bachelor’s degree from William Carr College with a double major in psychology and theology and a master’s degree in divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary, maybe it’s no wonder that Maj. Doug C. Steinert, USAF, is a grounded and powerful force in his work, family, church and chapter.
Bulletin boards may seem like an old-fashioned means of finding answers in today’s world of Google, easy e-collaboration and social media, but they are still one of the best ways to connect with professionals who work in the same field. Through the Members-Only Forum, AFCEA offers its members a way to reach out to one another to find answers, share solutions or even just announce company or chapter news.
Engagement Theaters that center on rubber-meets-the-road topics are one of the latest features of AFCEA International conferences. Located on the exhibit floor, these 50-minute forums appeal to industry and government personnel alike, because they provide the most current information—including changes—to military technologies, requirements and processes. Attendees come away with actionable data concerning specific military organizations’ future needs and ideas about how their companies can capture that business.
If one more pop-up appears on my computer screen, I’m likely to pop it one. Don’t get me wrong—I’m all about sharing information, and our ability to publish depends in large part on advertising. But it’s not just intelligence agencies or military commands that are reaching the limit on information overload. The general population—at least in many countries—has to have reached the point of saturation, too.
Technology simultaneously has made job hunting simpler and more daunting. Many readers may remember the days of scouring the help wanted ads, typing résumés on vellum and hoping for a phone call requesting an interview. Computers and the Internet transformed that process into one that involves clicking one’s way through applications for hundreds of job openings in only a few days. The hope factor still exists … except now it’s in the form of opening emails.
The AFCEA International board of directors elected Alfred Grasso, president and chief executive officer of The MITRE Corporation, to serve as the association’s chairman of the board. In this position, Grasso will oversee the association’s Executive and Compensation committees as well as participate on the AFCEA Educational Foundation’s board of directors.
Grasso has been an AFCEA member for more than a decade and has served as the vice chairman of the board for the past two years. In addition, he has been a member of the association’s Audit and Government committees and most recently as the co-chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee.
Called a “rare gem” by a fellow member of the Atlanta Chapter, Johnnie Young tirelessly juggles his career and volunteer responsibilities. But it’s the silent moments Young makes time for each day that truly allow him to reflect on and be grateful for everything in his life.