In an open letter to decision makers in Washington, D.C., last week, several superpowers of the Web called for global government surveillance reform. Citing this year’s revelations of the U.S. government’s collection of private citizens’ information, these companies “believe it is time for the world’s governments to address the practices and laws regulating government surveillance of individuals and access to their information.” Wait a minute. Don’t these firms collect information about citizens all the time? Aren’t efforts for national security just as important as the quest to send Web viewers only the advertisements they want to see?
A revolution quietly erupted in October. On the University of Chicago campus, more than 80 innovators came together to discuss their ideas about how to solve some of the military’s most vexing problems. Not blind to the chain-of-command bureaucracy in which they operate, these pragmatic dreamers passionately moved forward in spite of it, because the Defense Entrepreneurs Forum (DEF) conference provided a place for in-person networking and commiserating, brainstorming and bracing one another up.
The recent corporate membership promotion, which offered a three-year corporate membership for the price of two years, was a solid success. As a result of the offer and increased publicity, preliminary numbers indicate that 34 new companies joined AFCEA at the three-year level; 87 current members renewed and pre-purchased for three years; and eight former corporate members rejoined.
As it becomes more challenging for AFCEA members to network via conferences, the association is finding innovative ways to facilitate connectivity, engage its members, boost conversations and share information. AFCEA Answers is the latest way the association is reaching out by taking to the airwaves and the Internet. The half-hour radio show debuts on June 21, 2013, on Federal News Radio, which airs on 1500 AM and at www.federalnewsradio.com.
Beginning this fall, AFCEA International will offer a professional-to-professional mentorship program titled The Mentoring Continuum. The initial steps of this membership benefit will take place at a lunch at Maggiano’s Little Italy Restaurant, Tysons II, Vienna, Virginia, on July 10, during a panel discussion about the benefits of mentoring programs to industry . Kay Kapoor, president, AT&T Government Solutions and Renny DiPentima, former president and chief executive officer, SRA International, will lead the discussion.
AFCEA International is hosting a presentation by Tony Constable, president, CAI/SISCo, at 4 p.m. on May 21, 2013, at AFCEA headquarters, Fairfax, Virginia. Constable will explain the fundamentals of Price To Win (PTW), his business development discipline that helps companies win contracts particularly in austere times.
The deadline for submitting technical papers drafts, tutorial proposals and panel proposals for MILCOM ’13 is now April 30, 2013, and the requirement for submitting abstracts has been eliminated. Acceptance notifications will go out on June 28, 2013. The deadline for final papers, tutorial materials and panel materials is August 16, 2013. Professionals in industry, academia and government are encouraged to contribute and participate in this event, which takes place November 18 to 20, 2013, at the San Diego Convention Center in California.
The 2013 Air Force ISR Industry Day scheduled for June 21, 2013, at the TASC Heritage Conference Center will now take place on October 31, 2013, at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in Springfield, Virginia.
Those who are signed up will remain registered for the new date, or we gladly will issue you a refund. Everyone considering attending who has not registered should do so immediately because these events sell out.
The U.S. government’s current economic stagnation certainly isn’t the first time the country has fallen on hard times. After all, it hasn’t even been 90 years since the stock market crash … of 1929, that is. But learning lessons from the past is not something humans do well, even though the first college course everyone must take is the history of a topic—from architecture to economics to journalism to zoology.
To help keep global security professionals abreast of business opportunities and changes in the government acquisition landscape, AFCEA International has gathered information about these topics in a new section of the AFCEA website. Called AFCEA Corporate Member Resources, the page features new content about military and government organizations as it becomes available.
The cancellation of several military and government conferences is among the latest collateral damage of financial belt-tightening and looming additional defense budget cuts. But the real question is, “So what?” Read that question carefully. It does not mean, “What does it matter?” but rather “What do global security professionals do now to develop effective networks with the business sector?”
And, those are only two of the important questions raised by the reduction in the number of conferences during a time when cutting costs is crucial. Among the others are:
AFCEA’s Small Business team is hosting a partnership symposium during the AFCEA Homeland Security Conference that features one-on-one meetings between large companies and small businesses to determine partnering potential. The event takes place in the Constitution and Independence ballrooms at the Grand Hyatt, Washington, D.C., on February 26, 2013, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Growing up in the suburbs of Baltimore, Linda Millis didn’t aim for a career in the intelligence field, but the National Security Agency (NSA) had different plans. Agency personnel recognized linguistic talent when they saw it—particularly in someone who majored in Russian at the University of Maryland—and recruited her as a Cold Warrior. And the NSA wasn’t the only organization to see Millis’ potential value to U.S. security. She also served at the White House, during which time she acquired her master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and then went on to work at the CIA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).
Ranging in topics from cloud computing to supply chain management, AFCEA’s Cyber Committee has published five white papers. Available on the committee’s website, information ranges from the basics to high-level recommendations that will be useful not only to organizations’ information technology personnel but also to leadership planning strategies for the future.