AFCEA International

Novermber 20, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
Bill Moore, founder of Xona Systems, hears the announcement that the judges in AFCEA International’s Innovation Shark Tank Series have selected Xona as a finalist. The company offers cybersecurity measures for so-called Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices. Credit: Elizabeth Moon

Broadcast on CyberSecurity TV by TV Worldwide, the latest episode of AFCEA’s Innovation Shark Tank Series on November 19 featured five companies offering government solutions addressing cybersecurity, the STEM workforce, cloud migration, security of Industrial Internet of Things devices and mobile application development.

The companies were competing for selection to the association’s Shark Tank finals to be held April 22-24, 2019, at its planned joint homeland security conference with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C.

June 21, 2018
By Julianne Simpson
Lt. Gen. C. Norman Wood, USAF (Ret.), headed AFCEA from 1996-2001.

Lt. Gen. C. Norman Wood, USAF (Ret.), former president and CEO of AFCEA International, passed away on June 8. The retired general headed AFCEA from 1996-2001, during which time he also served as the publisher of SIGNAL magazine.

Prior to coming to AFCEA, Gen. Wood was a senior vice president and general manager of BDM Federal Inc. in McLean, Virginia. There, he was responsible for national security and technology applications programs, resources and marketing with a focus on the intelligence community. 

December 1, 2016
By Mandy Rizzo
Panelists discussing cyber issues at TechNet Europe 2016 include (l-r) Dr. Phil Jones, Airbus Defense and Space; Dennis Pieterse, CGI; Peter Rost, Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity GmbH; Christoph Erdmann, Secusmart GmbH; and Brig. Gen. Hans Folmer, NEA, Netherlands Defense Cyber Command.

AFCEA Europe’s second-largest flagship event, TechNet Europe, featured the latest topics in cybersecurity and command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR). This year’s conference, held October 3-5 in Rotterdam, Netherlands, was organized under the patronage of the Netherlands Ministry of Defense in cooperation with AFCEA’s The Hague Chapter and welcomed more than 200 attendees from 17 countries.

May 18, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
Vint Cerf, touted as one of the “fathers of the Internet” and now vice president and chief Internet evangelist for Google, speaks at AFCEA International/George Mason University Critical Issues in C4I Symposium.

Is the emergence of robotics raising a generation of meat puppets? Are you a meat puppet?

While the questions posed by Bob Gourley, co-founder of Cognitio, drew a little laughter from attendees at the AFCEA International/George Mason University Critical Issues in C4I Symposium, they should provide serious fodder for discussion on the people whose jobs are about to be replaced by robots. 

“I hope you laughed at that the term, but I hope that that makes it memorable for you,” Gourley said of slang adopted from sci-fi novels. “I hope it leads to a serious thought … about the people whose jobs are being displaced, because it’s going to be in the millions.” 

February 26, 2016
By Katie Helwig

I recently chatted with a member of AFCEA International and he mentioned he was in search of a biometrics firm to round out his team competing for a new contract. AFCEA International provides a valuable resource to narrow the scope of prospects. Corporate members can advertise their companies’ overview, clients, products, services, contract vehicles, North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes and small business status in AFCEA's corporate directory. This is an open resource for government and industry to narrow searches based on immediate needs.

February 11, 2016
By Katie Helwig

Sometimes, it's the simplest of ideas that can draw out the biggest change. This week, AFCEA International hosted a small business event that fostered some great conversations on hiring, business focus and capture strategies.

My favorite quote of the afternoon came from Barbara Gray, CEO of Gray Matters Technology: "In the federal marketplace, IT companies are like liquor stores, you can find one on every corner."

Her point? Determine how you plan to differentiate yourself from everyone else.

February 8, 2016
By Katie Helwig

AFCEA International will host an event February 9 that offers theoretical and practical information on how to move from being a subcontractor to a prime contractor in the federal market space.

May 7, 2010
By Kent Schneider

As you have likely heard, severe and unprecedented flooding in Nashville, Tennessee forced the cancellation of the 2010 DISA Customer Partnership Conference. For attendees, exhibitors, and AFCEA staffers, the experience was a difficult one-being evacuated from the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, where the event was to take place; spending the night in a local high school shelter; being separated from friends and colleagues; scrambling to arrange return travel; and a general feeling of panic at the rapidly-changing situation in which they found themselves. While everyone is disappointed that this highly-anticipated annual Conference had to be canceled, they are also grateful first and foremost that everyone is safe.