As it becomes more challenging for AFCEA members to network via conferences, the association is finding innovative ways to facilitate connectivity, engage its members, boost conversations and share information. AFCEA Answers is the latest way the association is reaching out by taking to the airwaves and the Internet. The half-hour radio show debuts on June 21, 2013, on Federal News Radio, which airs on 1500 AM and at www.federalnewsradio.com.
SIGNAL Connections May 2013
Government economics experts agree that sequestration is not—and probably never was—a threat or hard stop to force Congress to approve a federal budget. Instead, senators and representatives intended for the hammer to fall, so they could reduce federal spending yet go back to their constituents with clean hands and say, “It wasn’t me.”
AFCEA International and the Naval Intelligence Professionals (NIP) are sponsoring a national intelligence writing contest (NIWC) that offers a top prize of $3,000 and a three-year membership in both organizations. Essays must address the topic “Pivoting from the Middle East to the Pacific—Implications for Achieving a Balance in Intelligence.” The deadline for entries is June 30, 2013.
AFCEA International is hosting a presentation by Tony Constable, president, CAI/SISCo, at 4 p.m. on May 21, 2013, at AFCEA headquarters, Fairfax, Virginia. Constable will explain the fundamentals of Price To Win (PTW), his business development discipline that helps companies win contracts particularly in austere times.
Today, AFCEA distinguished lifetime member Col. Alan D. Campen, USAF (Ret.), would call it “offensive information operations.” But in 1944, when Radioman 3rd Class Campen was manning CW HF net NPN6 out of Guam, the persistent attempts by a Japanese radioman to insert Z signals and disrupt his network were easily countered. “I knew his fist,” quips Col. Campen.
Communications can be considered a common thread woven into Col. Campen’s long and storied life and career. As a teenage ham radio operator, the colonel enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943 and attended radio operators school at Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois. He served in a naval communications unit during the campaign to recapture Guam.
Planning for the AFCEA Intelligence symposium has begun, and it’s time to get with the program. This event, which has sold out every year for the past 18 years, is titled “Decision Advantage in a Changing World” and will feature discussions about issues that could define the security environment for the next 20 years. Based on the National Intelligence Council’s “Global Trends 2030” paper, speakers will present their insights about the steps the intelligence community must take within the next decade to remain relevant in a rapidly changing environment.
To support the ever-increasing national priority of cybersecurity, AFCEA International recently joined the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Stop.Think.Connect. National Network. Through the association’s robust and extensive membership and chapter network, AFCEA will significantly contribute to awareness and offer programs that help protect Internet users as well as create a competitive cybersecurity work force.
The AFCEA initiative is contributing and partnering within communities in several ways, including: