Association Feature

January 1, 2014

AFCEA Europe’s TechNet International 2013, held at the Lisbon Congress Center, Portugal, on October 23 and 24, was organized under the patronage of the minister of national defense, Portugal, in cooperation with the NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency and with the support of the AFCEA Portugal Chapter. This event, which was run under the theme “Go Connected + Go Smart = Zero Distance,” brought together more than 300 experts from NATO, government, academia and industry.

January 1, 2013
Wolfgang Tauber, head of general services, NCIA, outlines what the agency reform will mean for those working with and within the NCIA.

Challenges and solutions abound as the alliance puts its reorganization to the test.

The recent reorganization of NATO’s information organization represents the leading edge of a series of new approaches toward operations and procurement by the 63-year-old alliance. At the heart of this effort is NATO’s “smart defense” initiative, which seeks to do more with less. By design, it must involve industry and cooperative efforts early in the development of any program.

October 1, 2012
By Max Cacas

The final conference in the TechNet Land Forces series focuses on military efforts to defend vital computer networks.

August 2012
By Al Grasso, SIGNAL Magazine

Having experienced more than a decade of hot and humid Washington, D.C., summers, I thoroughly enjoyed the pleasant start we experienced this year. Warm temperatures, cooling breezes and clear skies made for delightful days and evenings. It doesn’t get much better than that. Unfortunately, the political climate in no way resembles that pattern.

July 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine


Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, USA, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warns of new national security threats in an address at Joint Warfighting 2012, held in Virginia Beach, Virginia, May 15-17.

Emerging technologies add to the complexities that both boost and bedevil modern forces.

July 2012
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine


Lt. Gen. Ronnie D. Hawkins, USAF, director of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), addresses the audience at the 2012 DISA Mission Partner Conference in Tampa, Florida, in May.

The U.S. military must embrace burgeoning technologies to save money and protect data.

June 2012
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine


Brig. Gen. David Coffman, USMC, former commander of the 13th Expeditionary Unit who currently is assigned to the National Military Command Center, prepares for a presentation in March at the AFCEA TechNet Land Warfare Southwest Conference in Tucson, Arizona.

Growing military reliance on data presents challenges.

May 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Magazine

April 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman


Former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, USN (Ret.), delivers some sobering assessments of the military’s future at West 2012 in San Diego, California.

Planners hope budgetary restrictions spur innovative thinking.

January 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine


Adm. Timothy J. Keating, USN (Ret.), the former commander of the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), led off TechNet Asia-Pacific 2011 by calling for the United States to "lead from within" instead of "leading from behind."

Allies must remain engaged or fall prey to rapidly changing political and economic trends.

January 2012
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Georges D’hollander, general manager of the NATO Consultation, Command and Control Agency, addresses the audience at TechNet International 2011 in Heidelberg, Germany.

Paying less and having more is the goal in NATO’s dynamic digital realm.

January 2012
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Magazine


Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, USAF, commander, Space and Missile Systems Center, addresses the audience at MILCOM 2011.

Armed forces face austere budgets, more mandates to collaborate.

November 2011
By Cdre. Robert Howell, RN (Ret.), SIGNAL Magazine

Allied Command Transformation faces a multitude of challenges across the alliance.

New security concerns are vying with the global financial crisis as NATO’s Allied Command Transformation attempts to keep abreast of the dynamic field of global security. Gen. Stéphane Abrial, FRAF, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, opened the eighth ACT Industry Day held in London in September by emphasizing that affordability is today’s important word.

October 2011
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Magazine

October 2011
By Rita Boland and Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Magazine


Lt. Gen. Susan Lawrence, USA, the chief information officer (CIO)/G-6 of the U.S. Army, tells listeners at LandWarNet 2011 about the network of 2020 and how budgets, personnel and technology will affect it. She also discusses the Army’s new plans for integrating technical advancements into the network.

July 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman, Beverly Mowery Cooper and Rachel Eisenhower, SIGNAL Magazine


Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, USA, commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command, discusses national security issues at Joint Warfighting 2011.

Defense spending faces curbs as challenges grow, particularly in cyberspace.

July 2011
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Magazine


Defense Department Chief Information Officer Teri Takai outlines cloud security issues.

May 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine


Gen. Keith Alexander, USA, who leads both U.S. Cyber Command and the National Security Agency, called for greater international partnerships in defending critical networks during his February keynote address at the AFCEA Homeland Security Conference in Washington, D.C.

April 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman


Vice Adm. Richard W. Hunt, USN, commander, U.S. Third Fleet, addresses the audience at West 2011 in San Diego.

Predicting the next conflict takes a back seat to flexible planning.

January 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine


Adm. Robert F. Willard, USN, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, opens TechNet Asia-Pacific 2010 in Honolulu, Hawaii, with warnings of cyberspace hazards.

Kinetic concerns continue, but the digital domain reigns.