|The Bonn Chapter continues to focus on German military's C4ISR, Cyber, and homeland security issues. In addition, digitalisation of government and artifical intelligence become more important and are reflected in the annual program. An outreach to the Ministry of Interior and to the Federal Police in order to cover topics of their interest with regard to IT and Cyber has been established.
Under normal conditions the Chapter holds evening seminars in Bonn and Berlin, a Technical Exhibition and Symposium in Bad Godesberg, an IT Symposium in Koblenz, luncheon symposia in Bonn, Young AFCEAN symposia in Bonn, Young AFCEA Speaker nights in Berlin, an eGovernment Business Administration Symposium in Bruhl and a General Assembly in Cologne. Increasing the number of Young AFCEANs as well as female members in the Bonn and Berlin region and performing more events in Berlin are persistent goals of the Chapter.
The chapter works closely with MoD (Cyber Branch), the Commands of all six German military services (in particular Cyber Command), other agencies such as the Armed Forces procurement office and the IT management agency. It established a partnership with the Armed Forces Association and maintained its long-standing partnership with the national IT Industry Association. It fostered its close relationship with academia and research institutes (Fraunhofer).
Unfortunately, due to government regulations caused by the Corona Pandemic the holding of trade fairs, conferences or professional events were prohibited from 13.03.2020 till now. As a result, by the end of 2020, we had to cancel a total of 10 planned events without replacement. In addition, the cancellation of the AFCEA Fachausstellung 2020, combined with a high loss of income, results in an extremely difficult financial situation for our association.