• Lt. Gen. Otto Guenther, USA (Ret.) (c), presents the AFCEA “Sparky” Baird Award for Research Excellence in June to Maura K. Styczynski for her paper “Blockchain: Buzzword or Breakthrough” at the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy alongside the school’s commandant, Maj. Gen. John Jansen, USMC.
     Lt. Gen. Otto Guenther, USA (Ret.) (c), presents the AFCEA “Sparky” Baird Award for Research Excellence in June to Maura K. Styczynski for her paper “Blockchain: Buzzword or Breakthrough” at the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy alongside the school’s commandant, Maj. Gen. John Jansen, USMC.
  • U.S. Naval War College President Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harley, USN (l), and Timothy Cathcart, executive vice president of the AFCEA Southern New England Chapter (c), present the AFCEA Research Honor Award in information operations/information warfare/command and control warfare (IO/IW/C2W) in June to Lt. Col. Daniel Rueckling, USA (r), for his paper “Information Warfare: Turning the Tide in the South China Sea” at the U.S. Naval War College.
     U.S. Naval War College President Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harley, USN (l), and Timothy Cathcart, executive vice president of the AFCEA Southern New England Chapter (c), present the AFCEA Research Honor Award in information operations/information warfare/command and control warfare (IO/IW/C2W) in June to Lt. Col. Daniel Rueckling, USA (r), for his paper “Information Warfare: Turning the Tide in the South China Sea” at the U.S. Naval War College.

AFCEA Honors Military College Students for Research

September 1, 2018

Innovation in the defense and technology fields is one of AFCEA International’s foremost goals. Nothing encapsulates that aspiration more than the research awards the association sponsors at the armed forces’ institutes of higher learning all around the country.

Research papers are chosen for awards based on their academic rigor and ability to communicate ideas. Subjects vary, but they primarily focus on cutting-edge topics in defense technology and intelligence. They explore defense applications in fields where AFCEA members are leading innovation, such as artificial intelligence.

This year’s winning papers were written by Lt. Col. Daniel Rueckling, USA, and Maura K. Styczynski, a student at the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy.

AFCEA recognizes outstanding research papers written at the Army War College, U.S. Naval War College, U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College, Army Command and General Staff College, and the Eisenhower School. In addition, the association honors academic excellence at the Naval Postgraduate School, Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and Marine Corps Expeditionary Warfare School.

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