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TURKIYE CHAPTER - 04/03/2021

In April, the chapter organized a webinar on 5G Technology & Applications in Vertical Sectors. In the webinar, participants discussed general information about civil mobile communication technologies and the place of 5G among mobile communication technologies and its differences from other technologies. In addition, attendees explained new ways of doing business and capabilities that will come into our lives with 5G. Presenters also provided information about the progress of 5G installations in the country and in the world, activities of the manufacturers and the current situation as well as current studies and future predictions regarding the use of 5G in the military field.

ALAMO CHAPTER - 04/02/2021

The aftermath of Winter Storm Uri that hit Texas in February left many in the Lone Star State without power and water. The nonprofit organization WISH for OUR HEROES (W4OH) is a national 501(c)(3) dedicated to assisting the men and women of the U.S. active-duty military, and in some cases, veterans. W4OH started with the goal of providing one wish for every deserving military member. There are no requirements. Military members simply need to be on active duty at the time the wish is submitted. The organization's priority has always been to grant basic needs or emergencies first.

When Winter Storm Uri left many military members and their families without essential resources and dealing with the storm's damages, W4OH stepped in. On behalf of AFCEA International, the chapter's Wounded Warrior and Military Families Endowment Fund, Jeff Kendall, endowment fund chair and chapter vice president, veteran support and military outreach, presented Jeff Wells, CEO and founder of W4OH, w ... READ MORE

TURKIYE CHAPTER - 03/27/2021

In March, Capt. Kamil Zafer Selcuk, TUN (Ret.), chapter president, addresses the audience during the General Assembly Meeting. In March, the chapter held an Annual General Assembly meeting at the ASELSAN AS premises. ASELSAN AS is a prime corporate member of the chapter located in Ankara. The Chapter Annual Report of 2020 was presented to the participants and the chapter officers were selected. Also, the chapter approved a budget for 2021 during the meeting. A certificate of appreciation was presented to Capt. Zafer Betoner, TUN (Ret), founder of the Turkish Defense Industry News Group, for his cooperation with the chapter.

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 03/24/2021

In March, the chapter and the Portuguese Association for Distribution of Water held the webinar "Water: a matter of survival."

As an essential element for human life, water constitutes a valuable resource, and it is often the topic of discussion between various powers within the scope of complex geopolitics. The systems and equipment that manage the entire water cycle (from capture to distribution) make up critical infrastructures. The management of these infrastructures is increasingly dependent on the interconnection of operational technologies with information technologies in an exploitation of cyberspace. The consequences of this interconnection often results in vulnerabilities and risks.

BELVOIR CHAPTER - 03/22/2021

In March, Jamey Chianetta, principal, gathers with teachers of Fort Belvoir Elementary School and chapter members as teachers are given gift cards to support STEM programs. Gina Lewis, chapter vice president for education, presented teachers $25 gift cards, totaling $3,050, as part of the chapter's continued partnership with Fort Belvoir Elementary and Upper Schools. The combined campus educates children from pre-K through the sixth grade and has a robust STEAM program. In STEAM education, students combine science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics to learn, explore and solve problems in new ways. Why the A? STEAM includes the "A" for arts practices and principles. STEAM takes STEM to the next level by emphasizing innovation, design and aesthetics. The chapter has supported Fort Belvoir Elementary Campus, which includes both schools, for over 10 years with teacher grants, science grants, a storage unit and a room dedicated to STEM activities.

TURKIYE CHAPTER - 03/20/2021

In March, the chapter organized a webinar on "STINGER Project, Achievements and Lessons Learned." Brig. Gen. Cemal Alagoz (Ret.), who worked in weapons, ammunitions and rocket projects during his working life, presented the advantages and benefits of the consortiums. He also explained the acquisition processes of facilities such as ROKETSAN and ASELSAN MGEO, which are among the leading organizations of the defense industry today, within the scope of the STINGER project. In addition, he discussed the issues experienced during the preparation and execution of international contracts. The chapter is pleased that young members, as well as doyens experienced in the defense industry, showed interest in the interview.

ATLANTA CHAPTER - 03/18/2021

In March, Brett Stroney, vice president of Young AFCEAN affairs (l), and Heath Williams take a look at the Enigma machine which was a cipher device developed and used in the early- to mid-20th century to protect commercial, diplomatic and military communications (particularly Nazi Germany). Emerging Leaders for the chapter held a live networking event at the Computer Museum of America, which is the largest technology museum on the East Coast. Members of the newly formed student chapter at the University of North Georgia also attended. The evening started with a tour showcasing many computer artifacts spanning the history of computing from the CRAY-1 Supercomputer to an Enigma Machine. After the tour, members, along with guests from the Atlanta Chapter of Bunker Labs discussed local events and what's next for the Emerging Leaders.

LEXINGTON-CONCORD CHAPTER - 03/17/2021

In March, Program Executive Office (PEO) fireside chats were a new addition to this year's New Horizons Symposium The first, moderated by Charlie Benway, managing director, Cyber Operations Division, The MITRE Corporation, includes Maj. Michael Schmidt, USAF, PEO, Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence and Networks with Chad Raduege, director of Cyberspace and Information Dominance and chief information officer, Air Combat Command; Lauren Knausenberger, deputy chief information manager, USAF; and John Vona, deputy director of Plans, Programs and Requirements Directorate, Air Combat Command.
The chapter kicked off its annual New Horizons Symposium this year, which spanned five days over two weeks in March. Jamie Thurber, chapter first vice president and senior manager of government affairs, Lockheed-Martin, performed master of ceremonies duties for the event, 'Accelerating Change-Strengthening Partnerships-Securing the Future,' which focused on exploring how the Air Force was responding to the mandate from Gen. Charles Brown, USAF, chief of staff, to 'accelerate change or lose.' Thurber welcomed more than 700 registrants and acknowledged 47 sponsors who made the symposium possible, paying special note to double diamond sponsors CACI International, Lumen and Oasis Systems, plus Diamond Sponsors Tricentis and Veritas Technologies. A panel discussion (Leading in Times of Great Change) featuring six former Electronic Systems Division/Center (now Air Force Life Cycle Management Center) commanders opened the first day. Moderated by Phyllis DiTocco, The Boeing Company, and Tim ... READ MORE

ALAMO CHAPTER - 03/16/2021

Col. Brenda Oppel, USAF, Air Combat Command's representative to the Tri-Chaired Enterprise Information Technology as a Service (EITaaS) Integrated Program Office, explains the EITaaS risk reduction efforts to the chapter during their March virtual luncheon. The chapter was pleased to welcome a distinguished panel of Enterprise Information Technology-as-a-Service (EITaaS) professionals. Larry Shade, Air Force Chief Information Office (SAF/CN) representative to the Tri-Chaired Enterprise Information Technology-as-a-Service (EITaaS) Integrated Program Office (IPO); Col. Brenda Oppel, USAF, Air Combat Command's representative to the Tri-Chaired EITaaS IPO; and Col. Bobby King, USAF, senior materiel leader for the Enterprise Information Technology (IT) and Cyber Infrastructure Division, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, met up virtually with the chapter's members and attendees to offer a glimpse into methodologies, pain points and the way forward for EITaaS.

The challenge has been to ensure the total force has access to information that can be understood and transmitted quickly to the consumer to shorten the decision cycles and produce correct and coordinated warfighting effects, explained Shade. The strategy of EITaaS is readi ... READ MORE

TURKIYE CHAPTER - 03/06/2021

In March, Capt. Oguz Tanir, TUN (Ret.), the chapter's guest speaker, explained that designing and building military ships and/or surface crafts in accordance with a technical specification is an issue that must be managed precisely and carefully and has a significant impact on the efficiency of defense systems. He also emphasized that choosing the most suitable design among many alternatives and making sure the design process will fully meet the operational needs is a multi-criteria decision-making problem. Finally, the guest speaker laid out the most appropriate design in the defense industry as well as research and development activities for the systems needed in the design process.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHAPTER - 03/03/2021

Vanessa Johnson, chapter president, and Russ Fellers, vice president of education, were featured on KOAA NBC News 5 as they presented a check for $20,000 to the Scripps-Howard Foundation. The donation will go toward the foundation's If You Give a Child a Book Campaign to provide 10 books to every student in two Title 1 schools. The goal is to promote literacy and libraries in Southern Colorado. The chapter plans to support this gift every year so that students receive another 10 books to match their reading level as they progress in age and grade.

The chapter is very active in providing scholarships, grants, and donations to expose students of all ages to STEM education opportunities. The chapter donates between $250,000 to $300,000 every year to schools such as the University of Colorado and Pikes Peak Community College, as well as local high schools, students and teachers. The chapter's primary source of funds is its annual Rocky Mountain Cyberspace Symposium (RMCS) held ea ... READ MORE

ABERDEEN CHAPTER - 03/03/2021

In March, the Aberdeen Proving Ground Office of Small Business Programs shares annual industry forum details. In March, the chapter hosted a small business panel centering on the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), which was officially made compliant by the Interim Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement rule 2019-D041. Shane Miller, a certified Maryland cyber seller in Harford County; and Karen Holt, deputy director, the Office of Community & Economic Development; and Scott Kelley, representative, Aberdeen Proving Ground Office of Small Business Programs, share in this discussion.

Insights on leveraging state and federal programs to offset CMMC compliancy costs and COVID-19 related grant programs for small businesses were the highlights for this session. The U.S. Army Office of Small Business featured a save the date review of the Aberdeen Proving Ground Annual Advanced Planning Briefing to Industry.

The chapter has increased small business program emphasis given the COVID-19 environment and the need to better equip local small business. Chris Carr ... READ MORE

ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHAPTER - 03/03/2021


The chapter hosted its annual Cyberspace Symposium in early March, delivering a virtual event from the Broadmoor Hotel under the shadow of the historic Pikes Peak and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station. This year we had over 1,300 registrants representing active-duty military, government civilians, academia and industry experts, along with 58 speakers, 57 exhibitors and 46 sponsors.

Every year, the Rocky Mountain Cyberspace Symposium (RMCS) brings together the U.S. Defense Department, industry and academia to participate in this national forum to discuss the challenges of cybersecurity, community cyber readiness and digital transformation. This year the theme was "The Power of Convergence," with discussions led by senior leaders such as Lt. Gen. Chris "Wedge" Weggeman, USAF, deputy commander, Air Combat Command; Lauren Knausenberger, Air Force chief information officer; Lt. Gen. John Thompson, USAF, commander, Space and Missile Systems Center; Lt. Gen. Stephen Whit ... READ MORE


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