SIGNAL Connections

January 15, 2008
SIGNAL Staff
Foundation Works Behind the Scenes in Preparation for West

One of the highlights of West 2008 in San Diego, which will take place February 5-7, and is co-sponsored by the U.S. Naval Institute (USNI) and AFCEA, is the recognition of outstanding and deserving individuals during the event. The Educational Foundation plays a part in this process by supporting the selection process for the Copernicus Award winners and the Enlisted Superior Performer award recipients.

June 15, 2010
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Connections

Homefront Help is SIGNAL Connections’ effort to support U.S. service members, veterans and their families. The column highlights programs that offer resources and assistance to the military community ranging from care packages to benefits and everything in between. In that same spirit, Homefront Help presents opportunities for readers to donate time, offer resources and send words of thanks to those who sacrifice for freedom.

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November 17, 2008
SIGNAL Staff

The community of companies doing business in the security arena is as large and diverse as the products and services they offer. Organizations may find it difficult to locate the company with the products and services matching their specific requirements.

September 15, 2008
SIGNAL Staff

ATTENTION AFCEA CONTACTS: Time to Update Your Company's SIGNAL Source Book Listing

August 15, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

SIGNAL Online now features a section dedicated to sharing white papers and other instructional and research materials. The Resource Library is an e-location that currently includes information about data warehousing, security and cloud computing, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance in space, and content will continue to grow.

June 11, 2014
By Maryann Lawlor

The headline may just be a fancy way of saying, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life,” but during this season of graduations, it’s a cliché worth contemplating. Most grads don’t recall the wisdom their commencement speaker shared during a ceremony they had worked so hard to attend. Even most parents are so proud—and relieved—to be in the graduation audience that, short of an Oprah giveaway, the words fall on deaf ears.

May 15, 2014
By Maryann Lawlor

The late Vice Adm. Arthur K. Cebrowski, USN (Ret.), looks over my shoulder as I work in my home office. His picture graced the May 2003 cover of SIGNAL Magazine, highlighting an article Clarence A. Robinson Jr., wrote based on an interview with the admiral. I was lucky enough to escort SIGNAL’s freelance photographer to take the photo of Adm. Cebrowski when he led the charge for change as the director of the U.S. Defense Department’s Office of Force Transformation. I received a cover photo plaque that hangs in my home office for my effort, though it really wasn’t necessary.

April 15, 2014
By Maryann Lawlor

The “nature versus nurture” debate regarding what we end up doing in life has been going on for years. Are particular talents the product of Mother Nature, or do they require nurturing to develop them? It’s a pretty short discussion when it comes to true geniuses or children who demonstrate an extraordinary talent in music, for example, by age 3. Put simply, no explanation is possible. But by adulthood, is excellence in public speaking or chemistry or even writing an inborn talent or the result of having opportunities to learn and practice a skill?

April 20, 2009
By Rita Boland

In the sphere of military community support, Army Community Covenant operates at the strategic level. The organization aims at raising awareness and encouraging businesses, agencies and groups at the local and state levels to create and foster state and community partnerships that assist service members. The first phase of the program is the signing of the Community Covenant. Each community determines its own wording for the document and decides on the number of signatories, usually between 16 and 20 people.

August 15, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

August 15, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

As comfortable traveling the world as she is nurturing at home, Lexley Bender is bringing a sense of enthusiasm to the Aberdeen Chapter as it continues to grow in part as the result of BRAC 2005. Bender truly can be called a renaissance woman as she develops business opportunities for Data Systems Analysts as a career, golfs and plays piano for enjoyment, travels often to Europe to visit family, and cares for Millie and Belle, the two rescue dogs her family adopted. On the AFCEA front, she's handled everything from publicity to programs, helping raise thousands of dollars along the way.

August 15, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

For just over two weeks, people around the world were talking about nation facing nation, not on the field of combat, but rather in the spirit of competition. Every two years, the Olympic Games provide the opportunity for the global population to rally around their respective country's best-of-the-best and to admire—perhaps with secret envy—some of the most athletically talented people in the world no matter their nationality. Regardless of other world news, these games—if you can call such intense activities "games"—kindle a spark of commoderie as everyone shares one purpose: cheering on their nation's participants.

August 15, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

This month, all AFCEA corporate member points of contact (POCs) will receive a package that includes their current corporate profile and details about how to update this information. Only profiles that have been reviewed since January 1, 2012, will be included in full in the January 2013 Source Book issue of SIGNAL Magazine. All others will include only a company’s name and contact information.

July 16, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

Actively participating in AFCEA calls for enthusiasm and commitment. The deep devotion one Philadelphia Liberty Bell Chapter member brings to every aspect of his life demonstrates that he has the right stuff. With a bachelor’s degree from William Carr College with a double major in psychology and theology and a master’s degree in divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary, maybe it’s no wonder that Maj. Doug C. Steinert, USAF, is a grounded and powerful force in his work, family, church and chapter.

July 16, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

Engagement Theaters that center on rubber-meets-the-road topics are one of the latest features of AFCEA International conferences. Located on the exhibit floor, these 50-minute forums appeal to industry and government personnel alike, because they provide the most current information—including changes—to military technologies, requirements and processes. Attendees come away with actionable data concerning specific military organizations’ future needs and ideas about how their companies can capture that business.

July 16, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

If one more pop-up appears on my computer screen, I’m likely to pop it one. Don’t get me wrong—I’m all about sharing information, and our ability to publish depends in large part on advertising. But it’s not just intelligence agencies or military commands that are reaching the limit on information overload. The general population—at least in many countries—has to have reached the point of saturation, too.

July 16, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

Bulletin boards may seem like an old-fashioned means of finding answers in today’s world of Google, easy e-collaboration and social media, but they are still one of the best ways to connect with professionals who work in the same field. Through the Members-Only Forum, AFCEA offers its members a way to reach out to one another to find answers, share solutions or even just announce company or chapter news.

June 15, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

Technology simultaneously has made job hunting simpler and more daunting. Many readers may remember the days of scouring the help wanted ads, typing résumés on vellum and hoping for a phone call requesting an interview. Computers and the Internet transformed that process into one that involves clicking one’s way through applications for hundreds of job openings in only a few days. The hope factor still exists … except now it’s in the form of opening emails.

June 15, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

The AFCEA International board of directors elected Alfred Grasso, president and chief executive officer of The MITRE Corporation, to serve as the association’s chairman of the board. In this position, Grasso will oversee the association’s Executive and Compensation committees as well as participate on the AFCEA Educational Foundation’s board of directors.

Grasso has been an AFCEA member for more than a decade and has served as the vice chairman of the board for the past two years. In addition, he has been a member of the association’s Audit and Government committees and most recently as the co-chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee.

June 15, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

June 15, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower, SIGNAL Connections

Called a “rare gem” by a fellow member of the Atlanta Chapter, Johnnie Young tirelessly juggles his career and volunteer responsibilities. But it’s the silent moments Young makes time for each day that truly allow him to reflect on and be grateful for everything in his life.

May 15, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

Few people have the nerve to take on huge tasks and the stamina to see them through, but Master Sgt. Paul Kammerman, USAF, certainly is one of them. From 19 years of marriage to 22 years in the U.S. Air Force to traveling on foot more than 37 miles in eight hours in Sarzana, Italy, Master Sgt. Kammerman demonstrates a stick-to-itiveness that truly is commendable.

May 15, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

They take time, money, staff and expertise, and in the end, they may not even pay off—and if they do, the profit margin may be very small compared to other projects. Despite all of this, one expert believes that responding to requests for information (RFIs) is actually one of the best ways companies can influence government acquisition.

May 15, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

April 16, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

In addition to white papers and research material, the Resource Library is the repository for archived webinars, so site visitors can view them when and where they’d like.

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April 16, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

AFCEANs can now display their membership in the premier organization in command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance with apparel that sports the AFCEA emblem. Shop!AFCEA has opened its e-doors, and members can purchase hats, jackets and shirts that include the official AFCEA logo.

April 16, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

May 15, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

If it’s time to upgrade a computer or refinance a loan, it’s time to take advantage of association member benefits. AFCEANs receive deep discounts from Microsoft, Dell and HP and are eligible to join the Pentagon Federal Credit Union (PenFed), which offers member benefits of its own plus highly competitive interest rates on mortgages, auto loans and credit cards.

April 16, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

Putting aside for a minute some of the overzealous TSA security rules and the literally strange behavior of flight crewmembers recently, there’s a much more common, insanely exasperating type of activity that occurs on airplanes today: thoughtlessness. No doubt it’s being driven in part by the airlines, which have decided to charge for everything from overweight luggage to extra legroom. But that should not excuse the behavior of some travelers who take their frustrations out on fellow fliers.

April 16, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

When it comes to living life, Col. Vic Budura, USAF (Ret.), certainly is above par, which is good in his personal and professional life, but not so good for his golf—a sport he’s played since age 12. Col. Budura may not be the next Tiger Woods or Bubba Watson on the green, but he has been the person who has been instrumental in driving the AFCEA Huntsville Chapter from dormancy to Model Chapter of the Year in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

March 15, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower Lilly, SIGNAL Connections

 

March 15, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

March 15, 2012
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Connections

In addition to the many direct benefits AFCEA International offers to its members, the association features a more indirect one: an information resource for members of the military community and people who wish to support them. Homefront Help is a feature of SIGNAL's blog, SIGNAL Scape, that calls attention to programs or organizations established to offer support to troops, wounded warriors, veterans and their families.

March 15, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower, SIGNAL Connections

After an accident left Dawn Ottman with limited short-term memory, she tapped into her skills as an inventor to keep her passion for engineering alive. And she traces her interest in the hard sciences back to the beginning of her military career.

March 15, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

Many people speak of cloud computing as if it’s been around for decades. In a way, it has. But today’s use of the phrase is more specific than simply a great big network in the sky. Understanding the cloud will determine whether it helps organizations realize the efficiencies and cost savings it promises or the opportunities that float on by.

March 15, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

AFCEA International, the Cyber Conflict Studies Association (CCSA) and the Atlantic Council have collaborated to create a cyberconflict history case studies contest. Up to six prizes of up to $1,000 will be awarded for the best submissions.

February 15, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

February 15, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

February 15, 2012
By Jordan Garegnani, SIGNAL Connections

AFCEA International is dedicated to academics through the AFCEA Educational Foundation, which offers awards, scholarships and grants. Funds are available for undergraduate, graduate, ROTC and working students; military personnel; and teachers of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects. The association is interested in encouraging minds—no matter the age—and those that cultivate them with financial assistance to pursue an education.

February 15, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

January 17, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

January 17, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

AFCEA members who want to take the AFCEA Source Book with them everywhere can now download it for easy access on their laptop or tablet computers. With the look and feel of a print publication, the digital edition of the Source Book enables users to search for companies, capabilities, people and terms or browse from page to page.

January 17, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

To help prepare for upcoming AFCEA conferences, SIGNAL Media now offers a single e-place to find event details, ongoing news coverage, social media feeds and local area attractions.

January 17, 2012
 

January 17, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

The talents Eric Schneider brings to AFCEA all started with making extra money as a disc jockey in this family’s nightclubs in south Florida, where he also helped bands set up and ran the sound board for them. Now, he’s the go-to person in the Montgomery Chapter whenever audio-visual assistance is needed.

January 17, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

This crazy mixture of digital natives and digital immigrants has everyone flummoxed. Generations X and Y understand that businesses functioned BI, or Before Internet; Generation Z can’t imagine how that could be possible. Simultaneously, the baby boomer generation is busy trying to catch up with the latest in technology on an almost hourly basis lest they be left behind. That wouldn’t be cool.

January 17, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

January 17, 2012
By Diane Dellen, SIGNAL Connections

Now comprising more than 2,000 organizations, AFCEA’s corporate membership program is growing both in the United States and internationally. Many corporate members find their block of corporate associate memberships to be the most valuable corporate member benefit. These company-owned individual memberships allow member organizations to develop relationships throughout the worldwide AFCEA International network of more than 120 chapters. And, the participation of individual corporate associate members in the events and activities at local chapters strengthen these relationships.

December 15, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower, SIGNAL Connections

Many people have heard the token dinner party question: “If you could trade places with any person for one week, who would it be?” But few people would reflect on the past to find their answer. Lt. Col. David W. Landry, USAF (Ret.), would step into the shoes of George Washington, specifically during Christmas week of 1783 when the founding father abdicated his position as commander in chief.