Association Feature

June 2000
By Maryann Lawlor

Demonstrations, panel discussions and mini-courses offer all-encompassing approach to examining issues.

A multifaceted one-stop shop that matches technology requirements identified by top government and military officials with available and emerging industry solutions will enable TechNet International 2000 attendees to home in on answers to critical questions confronting governments throughout the world.

August 2000
By SIGNAL Staff Reporters

Military leaders agree technology enhances operations, but significant issues still linger and must be addressed.

There appears to be no speed limit for the changes taking place in the military as it enters a new millennium facing operations that involve coalition partners and diversified threats. Leaders look to industry to help with the transition to the latest paradigm, where issues such as bandwidth, information assurance and interoperability are as important as training, tactics and tanks.

February 2005
By Cmdre. Robert Howell, RN (Ret.)

Vice Adm. Richard Wilmot-Roussel, FRN, French representative to the Military Committee of the European Union, says the threats to the European Union are similar to those of most democracies.

January 2005

Rear Adm. (Sel.) Craig E. Bone, USCG, chief of staff, 14th Coast Guard District, elaborates on the diverse challenges facing his service.Rear Adm. (Sel.) Craig E. Bone, USCG, chief of staff, 14th Coast Guard District, elaborates on the diverse challenges facing his service.Warfighting across half the globe requires partners that interoperate.

January 2001
By Robert K. Ackerman

Bits & Bytes—Satisfying the Essential C4ISR, Training and Simulation Needs of the Atlantic Alliance and its European Defense and Security Initiative” was the theme of this year’s TechNet Europe held in the Prague Congress Center on October 18-20, 2000.

December 2004

Polish communications students examine the technology displayed at one of the booths in the Product Pavilion at TechNet Europe 2004.
Military and industry must design response and recovery tactics.

April 2001
By Robert K. Ackerman and Beverly P. Mowery

Existing and future 21st century threats will take a different form, but they still will challenge the United States and its allies.

Winning the Wars of the 21st Century” was the appropriate theme of West 2001, the first western conference and exposition by AFCEA International and the U.S. Naval Institute in the new millennium. The first of three days of panel discussions and distinguished speaker addresses generated lively debate over how to prepare for—and deter—war in an uncertain era.

May 2001
By Henry S. Kenyon

Personal identification technologies such as fingerprint, voice and facial recognition are adding another layer of security to government facilities and computer systems. Once prohibitively expensive, these devices are poised to become ubiquitous applications in wireless communications equipment, portable and desktop computers, smart cards and secure area access systems.

July 2001
By Dr. Lisa Costa

Leaders prepare for diverse challenges.

U.S. military forces face diverse challenges as they defend national security in the post-Cold-War ear. Dealing with these threats will require both technological solutions and new tactics and techniques. These were some of the views expressed at Tampa TechNet 2001, co-sponsored by the Tampa-St. Petersburg Chapter and AFCEA International. 

The event opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by the former governor of Florida Bob Martinez. Gov. Martinez addressed technology growth in Tampa and the mutual value added by AFCEA-sponsored TechNet conferences in Tampa.

December 2001
By Sharon Berry

Speakers in five Baltic countries recently used cyberspace to address security, global cooperation in the face of crisis, education challenges and the expanding use of technology. More than 40 presentations composed the first-of-its-kind online international conference and exhibition. TechNet Baltic 2001, organized by the AFCEA Stockholm, Oslo and Helsinki chapters and the Visby Telemedicine subchapter, took place September 24 through 28. The event was hosted by Finland, Lithuania, Norway, Russia and Sweden and featured a virtual exhibition where participants from anywhere in the world could view exhibitors’ products and services.

February 2002
By Deborah Kern

Flexible coalition wide area networks, the Navy/Marine Corps Intranet, and miniaturized mobile wireless systems are key areas for successful warfighting, said military and industry leaders at the 16th annual TechNet Asia-Pacific conference in November. The three-day event, “Pacific Technology: Leading the Way in the Digital Future,” covered interoperability issues and new technologies. Top U.S. Defense Department leaders came to share their visions and describe their technical requirements for the future.

May 2002
By Sharon Berry and Henry S. Kenyon

The terrorist attacks of September 11 put the nation’s critical information infrastructure to the test, and members of industry, the military and all levels of civil government came away from the experience with a new sense of urgency to work cooperatively to address the challenges revealed that day. According to security experts, existing emergency response infrastructures must be strengthened, critical information infrastructures must be protected and information exchange among federal, state and local law enforcement organizations must be expedited.

June 2002
By Maryann Lawlor

Commercial sector and government agencies share military’s protect-and-defend mission.

Technology’s role in the worldwide war against terrorism and the critical part it plays in homeland security will be the focus of TechNet International 2002. Attendees will be privy to a wealth of information and view hundreds of technical solutions that address the key concerns of today’s military, government and industry leaders.

July 2002

Information assurance, research and development, and increased vigilance all are necessary ingredients for homeland security in this new age of terrorism, according to experts from civil government, industry and the military. Both government and the private sector must tap new and existing technologies to address the vital security needs that face all sectors.

Many of these points were presented by a host of experts at Fiesta TechNet 2002, held April 22-24, 2002, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas. AFCEA’s Alamo Chapter co-hosted the trade show and symposium with the Billy Mitchell Chapter of the Association of Old Crows and AFCEA International.

August 2002
By Robert K. Ackerman

But different approaches may be needed for specific applications.

Government and private industry are struggling to grasp different aspects of the same challenges as they implement network-centric operations. Whether involved with e-commerce or battlefield situational awareness, organizations stand to gain substantially from a networked information infrastructure. However, some solutions—architectures, protocols or security measures—that work in some areas may not be applicable to others.

August 2002
By Maryann Lawlor, Henry S. Kenyon and Robert K. Ackerman

Leaders brace for unrelenting terrorist threat, warn against complacency and inflexibility.

Battlefield applications of 21st century communications and information technology capabilities allow commanders to assess their own positions as well as the locations of enemies. Soldiers in the field can receive orders and take action in record time. However, an intense dialogue is in progress on how best to employ these technologies to win the war against terrorism.

August 2002
By Maryann Lawlor, Henry S. Kenyon, Robert K. Ackerman, Tanya S. Alexander

While weaving the thread of homeland security throughout the panel discussions at TechNet International 2002, speakers also expressed candid views about the problems that must be solved to make the best use of today’s technical capabilities. Topics included network-centric warfare, biometrics, smart cards and emergency communications.

Donald L. Zimmerman, chief executive officer, Synergy Incorporated, moderated a panel that discussed how technology can support homeland security. Presenters agreed that many of the required technical solutions are available; however, the government must acquire them then integrate them within many agencies.

April 2002
By Robert K. Ackerman

Changes are needed now to shape the military for the long-term war on terrorism.

The military services must accelerate their incorporation of new technologies and methodologies to ensure victory in the war on terrorism, and information systems lie at the heart of these efforts. These technologies are likely to be the glue that bonds conventional and unconventional forces, the cornerstone of homeland security and the basis for ensuring continued military supremacy in all situations around the globe.

January 2003
Staff Report

Understanding information technologies is key to effective command.

February 2003
By Cmdr. Deborah R. Kern, USN; Debra Nissenbaum; and Robert Putes

Diverse groups face similar issues of interoperability, technology and architecture.

Interoperability between service, state and federal agencies and coalition forces is vital to securing the Asia-Pacific region. Equally important is the implementation of information assurance measures to get information to the right place at the right time. And, a streamlined acquisition process is needed that delivers joint systems that adhere to standards and policy.