training

June 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

 

The Virtual Afghanistan virtual reality tool enables soldiers to immerse themselves into simulated dangerous environments as treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Superheroes and genuine heroes benefit from U.S. Army-funded research.

December 2002
By Maryann Lawlor

Military officers, agency personnel study cooperative operational planning.

While all of the services continue to transform the ways they operate, one of the armed forces’ primary institutions for advanced education is leading the way to joint transformation. In recently renovated, technologically advanced classrooms, students delve into the challenges the military faces today to discover innovative joint approaches to tomorrow’s problems.

December 2002
By Henry S. Kenyon

Program creates template for interoperable, Web-based educational content.

The U.S. Defense Department has developed a software standard that permits organizations to write and share online courses and learning material. Representing the combined efforts of government, industry and academia, the guidelines are part of a larger program that seeks to provide federal personnel with high-quality training delivered any time, anywhere.

December 2002
By Henry S. Kenyon

Human behavior modeling adds a new twist to simulations.

Future virtual training environments may provide soldiers with computer-generated opponents who realistically portray anger, fear and fatigue. Researchers are adding human behavioral and cultural data to software to accurately depict crowd and adversary reactions. By introducing these layers of authenticity, scientists hope to enrich the quality of the learning experience that simulation systems offer.

November 15, 2013
By Maryann Lawlor

A revolution quietly erupted in October. On the University of Chicago campus, more than 80 innovators came together to discuss their ideas about how to solve some of the military’s most vexing problems. Not blind to the chain-of-command bureaucracy in which they operate, these pragmatic dreamers passionately moved forward in spite of it, because the Defense Entrepreneurs Forum (DEF) conference provided a place for in-person networking and commiserating, brainstorming and bracing one another up.

September 16, 2013
By Maryann Lawlor

On October 7, AFCEA will launch the first Cycle for STEM fundraising ride. A team of 20 cyclists will leave Pittsburgh on a 335-mile, six-day ride to Washington, D.C., to raise funds for AFCEA science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) educational programs. On Saturday, October 12, 30 more cyclists will join the team that launched from Pittsburgh for the last day of the ride.

June 17, 2013

At the AFCEA International Cyber Symposium on June 25 at the Baltimore Convention Center, AFCEA will announce an agreement with the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute to provide a comprehensive online cybersecurity training program.

Based on the U.S. federal government FedVTE, STEPfwd includes access to 34 cybersecurity courses, many of which serve as preparation for key cybersecurity certifications in support of DoD 8570.01-M requirements.

June 17, 2013
By Maryann Lawlor

Current and former military leaders are used to following orders. “Take that hill,” or “Secure that village,” followed by “Yes, sir!” (or ma’am). It is what they’ve done all of their lives. Now, the order is “Reduce that budget,” so of course their response has been “Yes, Congress!” But as the military responds to this order to crunch the numbers, it is now explaining to political leaders that there is an unexpected role reversal they must accept. So, U.S. representatives and senators better pay close attention to what they’re saying.

April 15, 2013

SANS NetWars, an interactive security challenge, gives participants the chance to compete while earning continuing education units (CEUs) to help sustain certifications. The event will take place May 15 and 16, 2013, at the Virginia Beach Convention Center during AFCEA’s East: Joint Warfighting event. NetWars is a hands-on computer and network security competition that enables participants to test their experience and skills in a safe, controlled environment.

April 15, 2013

As part of the association’s outreach to increase the number of young members, the AFCEA Intelligence Department features the Emerging Professionals in Intelligence Committee (EPIC). The group comprises approximately 50 members under the age of 40 that all work in intelligence-related positions in the government or in the private sector.

February 15, 2013

The AFCEA Professional Development Center (PDC) course schedule for January 2013 to January 2014 has been mailed and is available for viewing and download. Many PDC courses qualify for continuing education units (CEUs) in support of CompTIA certifications: A+, Security+, Network+ and CompTIA Advanced Security Professional. The list is available as a PDF, and registration for courses is available online.

February 15, 2013
By Maryann Lawlor

The cancellation of several military and government conferences is among the latest collateral damage of financial belt-tightening and looming additional defense budget cuts. But the real question is, “So what?” Read that question carefully. It does not mean, “What does it matter?” but rather “What do global security professionals do now to develop effective networks with the business sector?”

And, those are only two of the important questions raised by the reduction in the number of conferences during a time when cutting costs is crucial. Among the others are:

December 17, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

After growing up as the fifth child out of 10, it comes as no surprise that Master Chief Petty Officer Vince Patton, USCG (Ret.), thrives as part of a team. He joined AFCEA International in 2011 and recently took the helm of the newly established Homeland Security Department. It’s the latest role in a career that has taken Patton across the globe, from Coast Guard cutters to classrooms and beyond.

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