October 28, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
Better cybersecurity begins with everyone getting better at assessing risk, said Bob Kolasky (c), deputy assistant secretary for infrastructure protection at the Department of Homeland Security.

Efforts to increasingly digitize networks that run the nation’s critical infrastructure enterprises also are boosting attack surfaces and vulnerabilities in an enduring cybersecurity contest in which hackers target those weaknesses with an elevated furor, experts admonished during a panel discussion on the issue.

September 26, 2016
By George I. Seffers
Col. Dean Fox, USAF (Ret.), counts international relationship building as one of the highlights of his military career.

The After Active Duty blog series examines the challenges, rewards and lessons learned for those who have transitioned from active duty to the private sector and the role AFCEA played in this progression.

Col. Dean Fox, USAF (Ret.), executive vice president for cybersecurity, AECOM, has done a lot of building of one sort or another throughout his active-duty career and afterward.

July 1, 2016
By David Young
The key to improving government information technology may lie in adopting contractor-owned, contractor-operated, or COCO, systems.

When government agencies conduct business, they like to keep their cards close to the vest. Some describe agency dealings as vague, secretive or tight-lipped. This stealthy nature reflects the heavy load of sensitive information the government handles. However, agencies that are too inwardly focused can fall behind when it comes to innovation, efficiency, productivity, customer service and long-term planning. They can become stagnant—or worse, a liability. 

November 10, 2015
By Sandra Jontz
Lt. Gen. Alan Lynn, USA, commander of Joint Force Headquarters–DODIN and DISA, forecasts future requirements and needed solutions to protect the Defense Department from cyber attacks during an AFCEA D.C. Chapter event. Photo by Michael Carpenter

The cyber attack into a key unclassified email server of the U.S. Joint Chiefs in August helped indoctrinate and shape missions at the new centralized office erected to defend the Defense Department’s cyber networks, said Lt. Gen. Alan Lynn, USA, commander of Joint Force Headquarters–Department of Defense Information Networks (DODIN).

The nation-state-sponsored attack was a bit of a shock in its aggressiveness, said Gen. Lynn, who also serves as the director of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). “For three weeks, we went after this cyber event and worked it to figure out how we now work as this new command.”

January 29, 2015

L-com Global Connectivity, North Andover, Massachusetts, has hired Michael Braun as director of supply chain. 

January 29, 2015

The Secure Identity Alliance, Paris, announced that the German Federal Ministry of the Interior has joined its ranks as an observer member.

January 27, 2015

Mercury Systems, Chelmsford, Massachusetts, has hired Michael Ruppert as senior vice president, strategy and corporate development.

January 27, 2015

Haystax Technology, McLean, Virginia, has named Gen. Peter Pace, USMC (Ret.), chairman of its board of directors.

January 22, 2015

Granite State Manufacturing, Manchester, New Hampshire, has hired Douglas Thomson as vice president.

January 13, 2015

3D Systems Corporation, Rock Hill, South Carolina, has named Ted Hull chief financial officer.

December 30, 2014

Parney Albright has been named president and CEO of HRL Laboratories LLC, Malibu, California.

December 30, 2014

Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, Florida, has named Michael Fleming as its chief government, military and community relations officer. Also, Matt Tuohy has been named director of its Davis Aviation Center. 

December 30, 2014

John Masserini, chief information security officer of Miami International Holdings, Princeton, New Jersey, has joined the team of leading industry experts at, Tenafly, New Jersey.

December 30, 2014

L-com Global Connectivity, North Andover, Massachusetts, has hired Bill Miller as executive vice president of sales and product development.

December 16, 2014

Capt. Kevin Brenton, USN (Ret.), has joined Huntington Ingalls Industries, Newport News, Virginia, as corporate director of customer affairs for submarine programs. 

December 9, 2014

The Chertoff Group, Washington, D.C., has added six senior advisers: Dr. Chris Bronk, Dr. Rupert Herbert-Burns, Rear Adm. Robert Day, USCG, John Sano, Dr. Gerry Sleefe and Teri Takai.   

December 4, 2014

Former AFCEA president and CEO Kent R. Schneider has been named executive vice president and chief operating officer of SolPass LLC, Denver.


November 20, 2014

LGS Innovations, Herndon, Virginia, has appointed John Fitzgerald as executive vice president and chief financial officer.

November 20, 2014

David McClure has joined Veris Group, Vienna, Virginia, as chief strategist.

November 18, 2014

American Systems, Chantilly, Virginia, has appointed Dr. Joseph DiZinno as vice president of identity intelligence.