Legacy methods and arcane rules are hamstringing U.S. intelligence analysis at a time when it should be innovating. From training, which needs to shift emphasis to more basic skills, to collection and processing, which must branch into nontraditional areas, intelligence must make course corrections to solve inflexibility issues, according to a onetime intelligence official.
AFCEA Education Foundation
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.
AFCEA’s commitment to supporting both STEM education and military personnel comes together in the AFCEA War Veterans Scholarship. Biannual merit-based $2,500 scholarships are awarded to active-duty service members and honorably discharged veterans of the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan who are enrolled in undergraduate courses in command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) fields.
The scholarship is facilitated by the AFCEA Educational Foundation in partnership with AFCEA’s Northern Virginia Chapter. Applications are due in March and November.
AFCEA National Middle School Science Fair
New this year! In 2010, the AFCEA Educational Foundation will sponsor the best Middle School science project related to the communications, intelligence or information systems fields selected from science fairs nationwide. The Grand Prize winner and the First Honorable Mention winner both are eligible to attend Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, during summer 2010.