To help government and industry connect, network and learn about requirements and solutions, SIGNAL Media offers Event eNews websites for several major AFCEA International events that feature near real-time coverage as well as daily wrap-ups of speakers and panel discussions. The sites offer attendees the opportunity to follow along or see what they may have missed, and global security professionals who could not attend a conference stay abreast of the discussions that take place there. In addition, Twitter feeds and content comment sections can foster continued conversations well after events come to a close.
AFCEA presented awards to three individuals for innovative cyber technology solutions during a ceremony at the AFCEA International Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium in Baltimore. The winners were selected from 50 entries in AFCEA's Cyber Solutions Showcase.
The winners and the representatives receiving the awards on behalf of the companies are:
Cloud Based Real-Time Cyber Monitoring
Being asked to do more with less is illustrating that less is not more for global obligations. The U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard are struggling with the hard reality that, in this era of dynamic geopolitics and changing targets, sometimes less is less.
Budget cuts compelled by the congressional sequestration bill and post-war defense reductions have trimmed the military to a force that may not be able to meet its newly expanded mission needs even when teamed with the best innovative thinking. Some existing equipment is nearing the end of its operational life and must be replaced. New types of adversaries and operations require a revamping of hardware and capabilities at a time when resources are scarce.
With fewer government workers and contractors attending conferences and events, companies that do decide to exhibit at a conference need to maximize their investments. Here are some tips to take advantage of, and capitalize on, the lead generation and thought leadership opportunities that exhibiting provides.
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“Do not relent ever when the Chinese want to put a finger in our chest. When they say our presence is just to contain China, they flatter themselves.”—Adm. Timothy J. Keating, USN (Ret.), former commander, U.S. Pacific Command
Already dealing with an expanded mission set, the U.S. Coast Guard is facing new challenges as economic conditions generate different types of stresses on existing assets and capabilities. In the United States, the energy boom will require vastly expanded activities on domestic waters. Internationally, staggering poverty has triggered crime sprees that have increased smuggling and limited the potential of governments to crack down on corruption.
The U.S. Marine Corps needs more amphibious ships as it returns to its roots amid tight budgets. The Corps also needs to lighten the load its warfighters bear, and it wants to be able to access advanced intelligence data from its most sophisticated platform.
The U.S. Marine Corps is focusing on six different capability areas as it looks to modernize its force amid personnel reductions. Each area has subsets of activity, and their focal points range from operational to technological.
As if it did not have enough new missions added to its responsibilities, the U.S. Coast Guard may find itself adding more emphasis to an old activity. The recent boom in U.S. fossil fuel extraction and production offers to increase the traffic of energy products on U.S. rivers, and the Coast Guard will need to increase its vigilance of this burgeoning river traffic.
At least one U.S. Navy information technology leader believes the service can benefit from the severe budget constraints imposed by sequestration. Rear Adm. David H. Lewis USN, commander, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), explained how this might come to pass to a panel audience at West 2015, being held in San Diego, February 10-12.
“There is opportunity in adversity,” he stated. The admiral pointed out how many military advances took place in interwar years when funding was almost nonexistent, and he listed technology advances from each interwar period since World War I. “This is our opportunity to really innovate,” he declared.
The U.S. Marine Corps is focusing on network advances that empower warfighters to an unprecedented degree. The result will be that smaller groups of Marines will have more capabilities than larger units had just a few years ago.
Speaking in a panel discussion at West 2015, being held in San Diego, February 10-12, Maj. Gen. Lawrence D. Nicholson, USMC, commanding general, 1st Marine Division, emphasized this focus on the warfighter. “Power down, power down, power down” he said of networking priorities. “Let’s get the information we need on a reliable network into the hands of the warfighter on the ground.”
The advantages offered by defense network advances need to be sped to both the warfighter and the decision maker, according to a panel of service communicators. Improvements from security to data storage offer vital capabilities that vary among the different ranks in the military.
The U.S. Navy is looking at being able to wage electromagnetic maneuver warfare in what may be an increasingly contested digital environment. This discipline would take into account adversarial spectrum denial and cyber operations that hinder the use of many embedded systems.
Adm. Philip S. Davidson, USN, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, described this environment at the morning keynote session of West 2015, being held in San Diego, February 10-12. Adm. Davidson explained that electromagnetic maneuver warfare would allow the Navy not just to survive a digital denial operation, but also to “gain a decisive advantage while denying the adversary’s own.”
The U.S. Navy is focusing on training its personnel to overcome adversaries that are closing the technology gap with the fleet, according to the admiral in charge of fleet readiness. While the sea service continues to seek game-changing technologies to restore supremacy, it also is relying on new tactics and operational methods to overcome adversaries at sea, underwater, in the air and in cyberspace.
Non-commissioned officers (NCOs) from the three sea services agree that suicide and sexual assault are two serious issues affecting personnel that must be solved if the military is to maintain a high-quality force. Speaking at a Tuesday panel at West 2015, being held in San Diego, February 10-12, the NCOs discussed these issues under the title of “Mission First, People Always: How Are We Making it Work?”
The United States has what military personnel leaders describe as the best educated, best trained and best equipped force in history. Yet, this force is showing strains as the military endures its most stressful environment in recent memory.
A Tuesday panel at West 2015, being held in San Diego, February 10-12, explored these issues under the title of “Mission First, People Always: How Are We Making it Work?” Four senior noncommissioned officers were blunt about the personnel challenges facing the services.
The U.S. military must upgrade or replace aging equipment just as it faces new challenges that require revised force priorities, according to the commanding general of the U.S. Northern Command. Adm. William E. Gortney, USN, who also is the commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, described these challenges in his address to the Tuesday luncheon audience at West 2015, being held in San Diego, February 10-12.
The postwar defense funding reductions the U.S. military now is facing are taking place under entirely different conditions than their predecessors, noted the commander of the U.S. Northern Command. Adm. William E. Gortney, USN, who also is the commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, warned of applying parallels to previous cutbacks in his address to the Tuesday luncheon audience at West 2015, being held in San Diego, February 10-12.
Individual U.S. Marines are carrying too heavy a load into combat thanks to new information technologies, said the commanding general of the 1 Marine Expeditionary Force. Lt. Gen. David H. Berger, USMC, told the audience at a panel discussion during West 2015, being held in San Diego, February 10-12, the weight of equipment being carried into combat by individual warfighters needed to be reduced.
“We’re carrying too much weight. Some is for protection, but a lot is command and control,” he stated. “We need help shedding that weight; we need to do it lighter.”
New defensive technologies have risen in importance as the U.S. Navy confronts a host of new and diverse threats to its surface ships. These technologies range from upgrades to existing capabilities to exotic systems that would change the nature of naval warfare.