AFCEA 75th Anniversary

AFCEA 75th Anniversary

The 75th anniversary issue of SIGNAL Magazine commemorated the association through highlights of its more than 7 decades of service. It also looked forward to share how it is serving its members and constituents today.


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From the 75th Anniversary Issue

Learn how membership matters, and explore the different types of AFCEA membership, including how Emerging Leaders serves the association’s younger members and how AFCEA’s committees offer opportunities for members with different backgrounds. Also learn about the AFCEA Educational Foundation and National Intelligence University Foundation as they support tomorrow’s workforce and STEM education. 




SIGNAL 75 Years of AFCEA

Chairman's Message: A Bright Future Beckons AFCEA

There are exciting times ahead for AFCEA International and our local chapters as we endeavor to connect people, ideas and solutions that enable our military, government, industry and academia partners to align technology and strategy so they can succeed in their important missions.

More History: AFCEA's 70th Anniversary Articles

AFCEA 60th Anniversary Articles

So Much, Yet So Little, Has Changed in 60 Years

Six decades ago a band of signalmen and combat photographers returned from the battlefields of World War II to form the Army Signal Association (ASA), adopting a goal to "perpetuate and strengthen the ties that were fashioned in battle" and to "maintain and improve cooperation between the armed forces and industry in the design, production, maintenance, and operation of communications, electronics, and photographic equipment."

Beyond Advances Accelerate the Imagination of Time

The past 10 years have hosted an explosion of technology that has revolutionized productivity, shifted priorities and transformed communications from words to keystrokes. The cultures of play, work and even warfare have been redefined repeatedly-so much so that it is hard to remember a lifestyle before Google, the iPod, razor-thin cell phones, voice recognition and personal digital assistants. Ten years ago, most people still used paper maps to find directions and looked up telephone numbers in thick, cumbersome directories.

Parallel Organizations

In the history of the U.S. Defense Department, no date is perhaps more infamous than that of September 11, 2001. On that day, al-Qaida terrorists slammed a jetliner into the Pentagon-exactly 60 years after the day the Pentagon's construction began.

Who and When?

Try to identify the source of the quotes below and the year in which each statement was made:

Chief Information Officers Envision Technologies' Effects

During the past two years, SIGNAL Magazine has asked military command and government agency chief information officers (CIOs) to share with its readers their insights on technologies that could have the biggest impact on their organizations in the future. This column has been a forum for them to communicate-in their own words-the paths they need capabilities to travel so they will be better able to achieve their objectives.

The Price of Life in the United States: 1946 vs. 2006

Among the most pervasive changes of the past 60 years has been the cost of living. No costs or salaries could remain static during six decades of capitalism, as 1946 saw the beginning of the removal of wartime wage and price controls. Major economic growth

Government-Industry Partnership Still Thrives After 60 Years

Six decades ago, a group of technologists from government and industry established an association dedicated to maintaining "as a contribution to industrial preparedness the splendid liaison and cooperation that existed during the [second World] War." Now, one Cold War and four hot wars later, the association that these visionaries founded has grown into an international organization that is as relevant and as important as ever.
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