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PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 06/09/2017
Portuguese student chapters members gather in June with chapter leaders, including (front row, 2nd from r) Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT N (Ret.) regional vice president, Atlantic Region, and Rear Adm. Mario Durao, PRT N (Ret.), chapter president (3rd from the r). The chapter along with the Almada, Covilha and Porto student chapters, organized a meeting in June in Lisbon, Portugal. The objective of the event was to exchange information between government, industry and academy to stimulate research and development (R+D) on defense, detect opportunities for new projects and recruit candidates. Cmdr. Luis Arsenio, PRT N, head of research and development for the General Directorate for Resources at the Portuguese Ministry of Defense, presented the keynote address. He identified priority technology areas for defense and provided guidelines for future R+D projects. The student chapters' presentations showed their capabilities, activities and projects. The AFCEA student clubs in Portugal are linked to the National Scientific and Technological System to stimulate scientific work and projects that addresse the needs of technological development in defense and security sectors. Carlos Sezoes, Stanton Chase International, moderated an industry panel dis ... READ MORE

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 05/04/2017
Dr. Pedro Machado offers concluding remarks at the chapter's conference In May the chapter's Cybersecurity Committee organized the conference "Managing Security and Privacy in Digital Transformation" on the campus of European University in Lisbon. The event, attended by 120 professionals from government, military, academia and enterprises, aimed at reflecting on the impact of the digital transformation in organizations and addressed the challenges of security and privacy through these new digitization processes. The opening session was attended by the rector of European University Dr. Joao Proenca and Chapter President Rear Adm. Mario Durao. Guest speaker Dr. Rui Pereira framed the constitutional rights of security and freedom and the concerns of cyber crime, which currently threatens the traditional borders of criminal law. Keynote speaker Eng. Alexandre da Fonseca illustrated the issue of cybersecurity as an asymmetric threat and as such, organizations should translate investments in security into an effective increase of its digital resilience.

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 05/25/2017
More than 250 attendees pack the auditorium of the Military University Institute in Lisbon during the chapter's Cybersecurity Forum in May. The chapter hosted the Cybersecurity Forum 2017 in May, in partnership with IDC Portugal for the sixth consecutive year. Speakers included national and international experts in cybersecurity. This year's event, "Digital Security: a pervasive threat vector for economic, competitive and criminal subversion," was held at the auditorium of the Military University Institute (IUM) in Lisbon. The objective of the forum was analyzing how national organizations must rethink their strategies of information security and risk management, a reality—that of digital transformation—that is increasingly at the top of the organizations' priorities. The key factor is the ability to harness information security as a facilitator for digital transformation The event was attended by more than 250 representatives of institutional organizations, armed and security forces, industry and entities from the scientific and technological systems community.

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 04/04/2017
Maj. Gen. Dario Carreira discusses the challenges faced by urban communities to improve digital resilience at the chapter's seminar in April. In April, the chapter, together with the University Institute of Maia (ISMAI) and the Center for Safety and Defense Studies (CEISDTAD), organized the seminar “Cyber Resilience in Smart Cities” at the facilities of ISMAI. The event aimed to promote the debate on the impact of digital transformation on society, particularly on the safety and security of citizens in smart cities. In attendance were Professor Domingos Silva, president of ISMAI, Professor Galvýo Meirinhos of CEISDTAD and Rear Adm. Mario C. Durao, PRT NA (Ret.), chapter president. The seminar was attended by 80 participants, with representatives from the chapter, academia, industry and research and development centers interested in discussing the topic of cybersecurity in smart cities. The event was coordinated by Maj. Gen. Dario Carreira who moderated two panels, "Reflection on the Challenges Faced by Urban Communities to Improve Digital Resilience" and "Definition of Strategies and Reference Models for Cyber Resilience.”

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 03/15/2017
Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, regional vice president, Atlantic Region and Portugal Chapter chairman speaks at the Institute Polytechnic of Guarda during the International Conference on Cybersecurity in March. The International Conference on Cybersecurity was held in March with the support of the chapter at the Institute Polytechnic of Guarda. Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT N (Ret.), regional vice president, Atlantic Region and Portugal Chapter chairman, spoke about AFCEA’s mission and its activities, and also on cybersecurity and cyber defense. The event resulted in a partnership between the Portugal Chapter and the Academia in Guarda. It was also an opportunity for the chapter to reach potential new members in northern Portugal.

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 03/23/2017
At the opening session of the March seminar are (l-r) Maj. Gen. Henrique Macedo, deputy director of the National Defense Resources; Rear Adm. Mario C. Durao, PRT NA (Ret.), chapter president; and Eduardo Maldonado, coordinator of the Horizon 2020 national contact points at GPPQ. The chapter, along with the Office for the Promotion of the European Funding Programs (GPPQ) and the General Directorate for Resources at the Portuguese Ministry of Defense (DGRDN), organized a March briefing on the future European Defense Research and Development (R&D) program in the Hall of Presidents of AIP-CCI. In attendance were Eduardo Maldonado, coordinator of the Horizon 2020 national contact points at GPPQ; Maj. Gen. Henrique Macedo, deputy director of the National Defense Resources; and Rear Adm. Mario C. Durao, PRT NA (Ret.), chapter president. The 80 participants represented the chapter, academia, industry and R&D centers interested in the program's future opportunities. A first phase of short-term project applications is planned for this year. The challenges are immense, with the objective of testing the process management procedures. If successful, the procedures will become the referential for the Integrated Defense R&D program in the next Multiannual Financial Framew ... READ MORE

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 03/16/2017
Chapter Vice President Col. Antonio Salvado, PRT AR (3nd from r), welcomes members of the chapter's Cybersecurity Committee to a forum in March. The chapter's Cybersecurity Committee hosted the Security and Privacy Executive Forum in March at Lisbon's Evolution Hotel. This was the first meeting of the 23-member working group to encourage discussion around prevention and mitigation of security risks and preparing for adoption of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The group's purpose is to strengthen communication and data sharing between information security directors and other similar officials in government, military, academia, industry and research and development centers. The committee is limiting the number of participants by means of a specific invitation to make the discussion more effective.

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 03/07/2017
In March, the chapter held the international conference "Digital Transformation and Emerging Technologies: Implications in the Planning and Conduct of Military Operations" at the Military University Institute (IUM). Society is experiencing a profound transformation in the use of digital technologies that has caused significant changes in the way people think, work and communicate. The armed forces are no exception. The conference, sponsored by the chapter and the IUM, was attended by more than 160 participants who stimulated debate and shared knowledge. The opening session was attended by Secretary of State of National Defense Dr. Marcos Perestrello; Vice Adm. Edgar Ribeiro, PRT NA, IUM commander; and Rear Adm. Mario C. Durao, PRT NA (Ret.), chapter president. In his keynote address, Holger Mey, vice president of advanced concepts, Airbus Defense and Space, presented insights on the effects of digital transformation and technology in resolving military conflicts. In the afternoon, P ... READ MORE

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 01/13/2017
Members and their families gather for a New Year's dinner. In January, members of the chapter's governing bodies and technical committees, along with their families, gathered for a traditional New Year's dinner at the Jardim da Luz restaurant. Rear Adm. Mario C. Durao, PRT NA (Ret.), chapter president, looked back at the achievements of 2016 and offered guidance for 2017.

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 11/24/2016
Chapter President Rear Adm. Mario Durao, PRT N (Ret.) (r), offers the AFCEA Portugal medal to Vice Adm. Luis Carlos de Sousa Pereira, PRT N, at the event in November. In November, the chapter organized a visit to the Lisbon Naval Base, in Alfeite, Portugal. The chapter was welcomed by Vice Adm. Luis Carlos de Sousa Pereira, PRT N, who emphasized the commitment of the Navy to maintain collaboration with AFCEA Portugal. Thirty-five chapter members, including members of the corporate body and representatives from government, the military, academia and industry, participated in the event. The program began with an interesting presentation coordinated by the Commander of the Sub-surface Squadron, Capt. Silva Gouveia, PRT N, on the characteristics, potentialities and operational use of the submarines and the Frigates Class “Bartolomeu Dias.” After the presentation the participants had the opportunity to visit two of the most modern naval units; the submarine NRP Arpão, led by Lt. Paulo Henriques Frade and the frigate NRP D. Francisco de Almeida, led by Cmdr. Monteiro da Silva. Taking into account the background of most of the participants, the emphasis ... READ MORE

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 09/28/2016
Attendees of the Open Day With Industry gather outside the 13th Infantry Regiment in September in Vila Real, Portugal. The chapter, in partnership with the Army Logistics Command, organized an "Open Day With Industry" in September at the Infantry Regiment 13, the PRT/Army unit where the 1st Mechanized Infantry Battalion (BIMec) from the Intervention Brigade (BrigInt) are located. Attendees took advantage of the opportunity presented by the 11th Meeting of the Steering Committee from the PANDUR User Group, which was held in Portugal. The event opened with remarks from Gen. Quartermaster, the commander of the Intervention Brigade, the vice president of the AG of AFCEA Portugal and the RI Command. Afterwards, the RI 13 Operation Officer presented a briefing regarding his regiment and the 1st BIMec, and an officer of Signal Company from the BrigInt made a thematic introduction to the tactical communications and information networks installed in the VBR PANDUR. Josý Luýs Reis presented tactical communications sub-systems interoperable with the systems installed in the PANDUR from the BrigInt. Nuno Bustor ... READ MORE

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 05/30/2016
Students from three Portuguese clubs gather in May with industry and chapter representatives, including Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT N (Ret.), RVP Atlantic Region (2nd from r), and Rear Adm. Mario Durao, PRT N (Ret.), chapter president (3rd from r). In May, the chapter, along with Portuguese AFCEA student clubs, organized a meeting in Lisbon. The objectives of this event were to build bridges between government, industry, academy and research centers and to exchange relevant information about defense research and development as well as to detect opportunities for new projects and recruitment. Joao Neves, General Directorate for Resources at the Portuguese Ministry of Defense (DGRDN), presented the keynote address. He identified priority technology areas for defense and provided guidelines for future research and development projects involving industry and military end users. During this meeting, the Almada, Covilha and Porto student clubs had the opportunity to expose their capabilities, activities and projects. AFCEA student clubs in Portugal are linked to the country's National Scientific and Technological System to stimulate more academic work that addresses the needs and opportunities of technological development in the sec ... READ MORE

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 06/07/2016
During a June tour of the Convergence Centre of NOS COMUNICA in Portugal, participants ask questions and get a behind-the-scenes view of operations. In June, the chapter organized a visit to the Convergence Centre of NOS COMUNICA, the second-largest telecom operator in Portugal. The event attracted 26 individuals representing the Ministry of National Defense (MDN), Joint Staff, navy, army, air force and chapter board of directors. The delegation was received at the premises of NOS Communications by several officials responsible for public administration, health and education. The visit began with a briefing on the activities of the Convergence Center by Pedro Figueiredo and Diogo Costa. A question-and-answer session followed. The visit ended with a guided tour, showing participants where the network is supervised and where corporate business customers receive support.

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 05/24/2016
Participants listen to a seminar in May on emerging risks in digital transformation at the Military University Institute in Lisbon, Portugal. In May, the chapter and IDC Portugal organized the seminar "Cybersecurity Forum: Emerging Risks in Digital Transformation" at the Military University Institute (IUM) in Lisbon, Portugal. The event was attended by 250 individuals from armed and security forces, government organizations, academia, research centers and industry. Speakers included national and international experts. The forum's objective was to share knowledge about cybersecurity, information security, risk management, identity management, regulation and privacy against the backdrop of the digital transformation of the organizations. The combined effect of a new generation of malware, the application of Crime-as-a-Service (CaaS), the Web 2.0 and threats related to this new communications infrastructure and the increasing use of mobile technology has increased exponentially cybersecurity dangers. On the other hand, the pressure for organizations to accelerate their digital transformation has fundamentally changed the sec ... READ MORE

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 05/17/2016
During a presentation in May, chapter members learn about the activities of the National Republican Guard (GNR) in Lisbon, Portugal. In May, the chapter organized a visit to the Center of Command and Operations Control (CCOC) of the National Republican Guard (GNR) in Lisbon, Portugal. The chapter was welcomed by Lt. Gen. Manuel Couto, general commander of GNR, and Maj. Gen. Luis Botelho Miguel, operational commander. Thirty-six chapter members, including representatives from government, the military, academia and industry, participated in the event. The program began with a briefing on the activities of the GNR in the country and how it collaborates with national and international agencies and counterparts. Maj. Gen. Nuno Silva, deputy operational commander, led a visit to the CCOC, explaining the infrastructure and means used for constant monitoring and responding to national security incidents. Next with an interesting visit to the Museum of the GNR, which showed the historical evolution of this special body of troops responsible for security in Portugal for more than 215 years. The event ended with lunch with ... READ MORE

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 03/23/2016
Accepting the AFCEA Medal for Outstanding Services in 2015 in March are (l-r) Vitor Lopes Dias, ESRI Portugal; Helder Alves, INDRA Portugal; Nuno Paiva, LUSIS; Marco Galinha, FUTURETE; and Sergio Barbedo, THALES. In March, during the chapter's general assembly, Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT N (Ret.) and Rear Adm. Mario Durao, PRT N, awarded the AFCEA Medal for Outstanding Services in 2015 to the following members: Victor Lopes Dias, ESRI Portugal; Helder Alves, INDRA Portugal; Nuno Paiva, LUSIS; Marco Galinha, FUTURETE; and Sergio Barbedo, THALES. The award recognizes the outstanding contribution to the association, in particular the support to academic prizes and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities in schools.

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 02/18/2016
Chapter President Mýrio Carmo Durý gives the opening presentation at the February seminar. In February, the seminar titled The Soldier of the Future: The Integration in the Internet of Things organized by the chapter and the General Directorate for Resources at the Portuguese Ministry of Defense, was held at the Institute of National Defense in Lisbon. The seminar was attended by 130 participants from governmental and institutional organizations, armed forces, security forces, industry and academia. In an exhibition that was held in conjunction with the seminar, industry, universities and research centers presented and demonstrated several technological solutions that could meet the requirements of the "soldiers of the future." The seminar was also an opportunity for industry, academia and armed and security forces to establish partnerships to develop new projects for defense and national security.

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 01/20/2016
Nuno Paiva (3rd from l), general manager of Lusis Equipamentos e Servicos Lda, presents Cmdr. Castela Repolho (3rd from r), PRT NA, educational director of the Portuguese Navy Technical School, with equipment to support STEM education there. Others gathering for the presentation are (from l-r): Rear Adm. Mario Durao, PRT NA (Ret.), chapter president; Capt. Rodrigues Campos, PRT NA, commanding officer of Escola de Tecnologias Navais; Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT NA (Ret.), AFCEA director and regional vice president, Atlantic Region; and Cmdr. Alcobia Portugal, PRT NA, 2nd commanding officer of Escola de Tecnologias Navais. In January, the chapter, with support from Lusis Equipamentos e Servicos Lda, offered equipment to aid education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to the Portuguese Navy Technical School ý Escola de Tecnologias Navais.

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 10/13/2015
Chapter President Mario C. Durao gives the opening presentation at the October seminar. The chapter and the Office for the Promotion of the European Funding Programs (GPPQ) organized the seminar “Opportunities H2020 in Cyber Security” in October in the Hall of Presidents of AIP-CCI. This forum was intended to make known funding opportunities in 2016 and 2017 for the program Horizon 2020 in the field of cybersecurity. The event was attended by a large number of chapter members and parties potentially interested in research and development activities in cybersecurity. Speaking during the first part of the program were Alexandre Marques and Fernando Carvalho of the GPPQ and Rodrigo Mendes from the European Union, who addressed these questions: What is the Programe H2020? What is the participation of Portugal in the H2020? What are the H2020 lines of action for 2016-17 in the area of cybersecurity? After a break, Luisa Proenca of the Portuguese Criminal Police presented a practical case of candidacy to the H2020 Program, while Manuel Eduardo Correia from the Cyber Security ... READ MORE

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 10/06/2015
The seminar audience tunes in to developments about the Galileo system at the chapter's October seminar. The chapter and the Directorate General of Resources of National Defense (DGRDN) held the seminar “Galileo/EGNOS/PRS: Opportunities for the Armed Forces” in October at the Portuguese Ministry of Defense. The development of the Galileo system and associated subsystems are considered strategic for Europe to ensure sustainable technological and operational autonomy in precision navigation systems. Among Galileo systems, the regulated system, called Public Regulated Service (PRS), is of utmost importance because it is the only system capable of working with the U.S. military GPS. In this seminar, Lt. Col. Albano Coutinho from ANACOM and Maj. Agostinho Freitas from GNS presented the state-of-the-art Galileo project, which is expected to be operational by the end of 2016. The set of services already offered by the Portuguese industries that aim to take full advantage of the Galileo system were presented by Teresa Ferreira from GMV; Pedro Silva from DEIMOS; Ricardo Conde from EDISOFT; Paul ... READ MORE

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 10/02/2015
The audience listens to a presentation at the chapter's joint seminar in October. The chapter and SCRUMDAY Portugal jointly organized the seminar “Agile in the Armed Forces and Public Security” in October at the Institute of Higher Military Studies (IESM). The main objective of this event was to present to the military community success stories in implementing the agile scrum methodology and lean framework to achieve through better management models more competitive and efficient organizations. Dr. Alberto Coehlo, Portuguese National Defense resource director, gave the opening presentation, which highlighted the value of knowledge management and qualification of assets based on the use of innovative tools to improve the effectiveness of organizations and the armed forces. Speakers Thomas Friend and Corey Glickman reinforced the benefits for military decision makers in adopting the agile, scrum and lean methodologies. Rear Adm. Antonio Gameiro Marques, assistant secretary general of the Ministry of National Defense, moderated a panel that included Maj. Gen. Pedro ... READ MORE

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 06/12/2015
Attending the chapter's board of directors meeting in June are (l-r) Pedro Filipe, chapter treasurer; Lt. Col. Jose Gorgulho, PRT AF, second vice president; Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT (Ret.), regional vice president, Atlantic Region, and chapter chairman; Maj. Gen. Peter Treche, DEU AF (Ret.), general manager, AFCEA Europe; Lt. Gen. Robert Shea, USMC (Ret.), president and CEO of AFCEA International; Rear Adm. Mario Durao, PRT (Ret.), chapter president; and Col. Antonio Salvado, PRT AR, first vice president. In June, Lt. Gen. Robert M. Shea, USMC (Ret.), president and CEO of AFCEA International, with Maj. Gen. Peter Treche, DEU AF (Ret.), visited the chapter and met with its board of directors. Gen. Shea's first visit to Portugal included meetings with the Portuguese Ministry of Defense, the General Staff of the Portuguese Armed Forces (EMGFA) and the Portuguese Platform for Defense Industries (idD). Rear Adm. Mario Durao, PRT (Ret.), chapter president, and Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT (Ret.), regional vice president, Atlantic Region, and chapter chairman, accompanied the visitors. On the visit to EMGFA, Gen. Shea and Gen. Treche were received by Lt. Gen. Silvio Sampaio, PRT AF, and Capt. Belo Fabiao, PRT N, Communication and Information Services Armed Forces Directorate.

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 05/21/2015
Members of the armed and security forces, government organizations, academia, research centers and industry participate in the May forum. In May, the chapter and IDC Portugal organized the seminar “Cybersecurity Forum: Security Challenges in the Third Platform” at the Joint Defense Institute (IESM) in Lisbon, Portugal. The event attracted more than 200 attendees, including members of the armed and security forces, government organizations, academia, research centers and industry. The forum's main objective was to address the strategies and the most current cybersecurity topics in the new technological paradigm based on cloud, mobility, big data and social business technologies. The opening session included Rear Adm. João Valente dos Santos, PRT NA, deputy director of IESM; Rear Adm. Mario C. Durao, PRT NA (Ret.), chapter president, and Gabriel Coimbra of IDC Portugal. Jose Carlos Martins, coordinator of the National Cybersecurity Center (NCS), delivered the keynote address, which described the organization and its competencies, objectives and projects. In the first session, Timóteo Figueiró, research and consulting ma ... READ MORE

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 05/07/2015
At NITEC 2015 in May, Lt. Gen. Robert M. Shea, USMC (Ret.), AFCEA president and CEO (2nd from r), and Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT NA (Ret.), regional vice president Atlantic Region (2nd from l), thank Rear Adm. Mario Durao, PRT NA (Ret.), chapter president (far right), and Lt. Col. José Gorgulho, PRT AF, chapter vice president, for the chapter's support. At NITEC 2015, a collaborative venture between the NATO Communications and Information Agency and AFCEA Europe in May in Madrid, the AFCEA booth was manned by Lt. Col. José Gorgulho, PRT AF, chapter vice president. Col. Gorgulho shared the value of AFCEA and raised funds for the Robert Howell Memorial Educational Fund. The president and CEO of AFCEA International, Lt. Gen. Robert M. Shea, USMC (Ret.), visiting the exhibition area, recognized the chapter's efforts and, with Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT NA (Ret.), regional vice president Atlantic Region, thanked Rear Adm. Mario Durao, PRT NA (Ret.), chapter president, and Col. Gorgulho.

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 02/18/2015
Capt. Mario Simoes Marques, PRT NA, delivers the keynote speech at the February seminar, In February a seminar, "Modeling and Simulation (M&S): A key to the challenges of the future of armed and security forces," organized by the chapter and the general directorate of Resources of National Defence (DGRDN), was held at the Joint Defense Institute (IESM), in Lisbon. The seminar was attended by 130 participants from institutional organizations, armed forces, security forces, enterprises and organizations of the scientific and technological system, which witnessed the interest of the subject and contributed to the success of the event. The seminar discussed the relevance of M&S for the armed and security forces, analyzing the developments in this field and the capacity to ensure the operability of the forces, in a joint or combined environment, in the face of present budgetary constraints. The opening session included: Rear Adm. João Valente dos Santos, PRT NA, deputy director of IESM; Maj. General Henrique Castanheira Macedo, deputy director general of DGRDN; and Chapter P ... READ MORE

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 01/07/2015
In January, Nuno Paiva (3rd from l), general manager of Lusis, presents Lt. Col. Mario Alvares (2nd from r), PRT AR, educational director of the Portuguese Army Sergeants School (ESE), with equipment to support STEM education there. Others gathering for the presentation are (from l): Rear Adm. Mario Durao, PRT NA (Ret.), chapter president; Col. Pedro Sardinha, PRT AR, commander of ESE; and Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT NA (Ret.), AFCEA director and regional vice president, Atlantic Region. In January, the chapter, with support from Lusis Equipamentos e Servicos Lda, offered to the Portuguese Army Sergeants School–ESE (Escola de Sargentos do Exercito) equipment to aid education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Nuno Paiva, general manager of Lusis, presented to Lt. Col. Mario Alvares, PRT AR, educational director of ESE, equipment for the school. Rear Adm. Mario Durao, PRT NA (Ret.), chapter president; Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT NA (Ret.), AFCEA director and regional vice president, Atlantic Region; Col. Pedro Sardinha, PRT AR, commander of the Portuguese Army Sergeants School (ESE); and a delegation of teachers and students attended the presentation ceremony.

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 12/03/2014
In December, Capt. Mário Simões Marques, PRT (N) (2nd from l), receives the Medal of Merit Award from Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo (2nd from r), AFCEA director and regional vice president of the Atlantic Region, along with Vice Adm. António Manuel Fernandes da Silva Ribeiro, PON (far r), the Portuguese Navy's materiel superintendent, and Rear Adm. Mario Durao, PRT NA (Ret.), chapter president. Chapter member Capt. Mário Simões Marques, PRT (N), won the AFCEA Medal of Merit Award 2014, which recognizes his commitment and dedicated service to the association and a professional level of excellence as a military member, an industry-defense facilitator and a C4I researcher and developer. In December, Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT (Ret.), AFCEA director and regional vice president of the Atlantic Region, presented this award along with Vice Adm. António Manuel Fernandes da Silva Ribeiro, PON, the Portuguese Navy's materiel superintendent, and Rear Adm. Mario Durao, PRT NA (Ret.), chapter president.

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 11/13/2014
Dr. Hugo Rocha (r), M2C project manager in Portugal, receives a corporate membership certificate from Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT (Ret.), chapter chairman, AFCEA director and regional vice president, Atlantic Region, in November.
In November, Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT (Ret.), chapter chairman, AFCEA director and regional vice president for the Atlantic area, presented Dr. Hugo Rocha, M2C project manager, with a corporate membership certificate.

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 09/25/2014
In September, Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT (Ret.), chapter president, presented Isabel Reis, EMC Portugal country manager, with a corporate membership certificate.

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 09/18/2014
Dr. Luis Augusto Magalhaes (r), Deloitte country managing partner in Portugal, receives a corporate membership certificate from Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT (Ret.), chapter president, in September. In September, Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT (Ret.), chapter president, presented Dr. Luis Augusto Magalhaes, country managing partner of Deloitte Portugal, with a corporate membership certificate.

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 07/25/2014
In July, Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT NA (Ret.), chapter president (l), presented Rui Lopes, CEO of Ponto.C, with a corporate membership certificate recognizing the company, located in Aveiro, northern Portugal, as a member of AFCEA.

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 07/22/2014
In July, Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT NA (Ret.), chapter president (l), presented Guilherme Silva, chief executive officer of SENSYS-Solutions Engineering and Systems SA (c), with a corporate membership certificate in the presence of Carlos Estevao, commercial director of this international group focused on business applications for critical operations, based in Lisbon.

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 07/02/2014
Opening the chapter's conference on In July, the chapter, in cooperation with the Portuguese Naval Academy, the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon (FDUL) and Instituto Superior Tecnico (IST), organized a seminar on "Cybersecurity: Technological Issues and Legal Implications." The event attracted about 150 attendees, including members of the armed and security forces, government organizations, academia and research centers, and industry. The seminar focused on the relevant issues related to the security of information and the law in cyberspace, with the intention of creating an effective dialogue between the various actors: users, technicians and jurists. Jose Torres Sobral, National Security Authority, delivered the keynote address, presenting the National Cyber Security Strategy and the status of the development of the newly created National Cyber Security Center in Portugal. The first panel, Cybersecurity and its Impact on Organizations, focused on cybersecurity as a critical infrastructure with speakers Ma ... READ MORE

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 06/23/2014
In June, Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT NA (Ret.), chapter president, addresses the audience at the anniversary ceremony presenting the evocative book of 25 years of chapter activity. In June, the Portugal chapter concluded the celebration of its 25th anniversary with a ceremony at the Portuguese Joint War College (IESM) to thank current and former AFCEA members, partners and supporters. About 200 guests, from military and civilian institutions, including armed forces, security forces and services, and universities and research centers, as well as companies and associates, attended the event. The following distinguished guests were present: Gen. Pina Monteiro, PRT AR, chief of the Joint General Staff; Dr. Antero Luis, secretary-general of the Internal Security System; Dr. Julio Pereira, secretary-general of the Intelligence System of the Portuguese Republic; Gen. Jose Pinheiro, chief of the Air Force Staff; Adm. Macieira Fragoso, chief of Navy Staff; Gen. Carlos Geronimo, chief of Army Staff; Lt. Gen. Manuel Couto, general commander of the Republican Guard; Vice Adm. Torres Sobral, National Security Authority; Maj. Gen. Manuel Chambel, National Armaments director ... READ MORE

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 05/22/2014
Attendees gather for the chapter's May seminar, In May, the chapter and IDC Portugal organized a seminar on "Information Security and Risk Management in the 3rd Platform" at the Joint Defense Institute (IESM) in Lisbon. The event attracted more than 200 attendees, including members of the armed and security forces, government organizations, academia and research centers, and industry. The main objective of this seminar was to address the strategies and the most current topics in information security and risk management in this new technological paradigm based on cloud, mobility, big data and social business technologies. Jose Torres Sobral, National Security Authority, delivered the keynote address, showing the status in the development of the newly created National Cyber Security Center in Portugal. This center will be operationalized under the coordination of the National Security Office, acting in cooperation with the national structures responsible for cyberdefense, cybercrime, cyberterrorism and with the Ministry of Foreign ... READ MORE

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 05/21/2014
In May, Maj. Gen. Miguel Rosas Leitão, PRT A (Ret.) (r), chapter vice president, presents Roberto Almeida Santos, director of Eutelsat Madeira, with a corporate membership certificate recognizing Eutelsat Centre of Telemetry, Command and Ranging of Satellites, located in Madeira Island, as a member of AFCEA. In May, Maj. Gen. Miguel Rosas Leitão, PRT A (Ret.), chapter vice president, traveled to Madeira Island and presented Roberto Almeida Santos, director of Eutelsat Madeira, with a corporate membership certificate recognizing Eutelsat Centre of Telemetry, Command and Ranging of Satellites as a member of AFCEA.

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 04/29/2014
Jose Pedro Aguiar-Branco (2nd from r), minister of national defense, speaks at the seminar's closing in April along with António Figueiredo Lopes (l), EuroDefense-Portugal president, Manuel Damasio (2nd from l), Ph.D., president of Universidade Lusofona; and Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT NA, chapter president. In April, the chapter organized in coordination with the Portuguese Industrial Association (AIP), EuroDefense-Portugal and Universidade Lusofona a seminar on “The Defense SMEs in the Context of a New Post-December 2013 European Council Agenda: Challenges and Opportunities,” hosted by the university. The minister of national defense, Jose Pedro Aguiar-Branco, chaired the closing session, and the secretary of state for national defense, Berta Cabral, chaired the opening session. This forum captured the attention of more than 100 attendees from the armed and security forces, government departments, academia and industry. The event was focused on strengthening the sustainability, the competitiveness and the efficiency of the European defense technological industrial base, in particular the small- and medium-size enterprises (SMEs), as a fundamental pillar to the reinforcement of the economy. Session 1, "A Competitive Defense Industry as a Key Link in the Economy," covered the European a ... READ MORE

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 03/11/2014
Opening the chapter's conference on In March, the chapter, with the support of the Directorate General for Natural Resources, Safety and Maritime Services (DGRM) of the Portuguese Ministry for the Agriculture and the Sea, organized a seminar entitled “RD&I for a Sustainable Future of Marine activities.” The seminar's main objective was to support companies with the relevant information on the operational needs of the military and government departments dealing with the Portuguese Sea data, for the European maritime research, development and innovation (RD&I) projects. This seminar attracted nearly 120 attendees, including members of the armed and security forces, government organizations, academia and research centers, and industry.
At the opening, Maria Joao Fernandes, national contact point for bioeconomy on the European Program Horizon 2020 and the “Blue Growth,” addressed the financing opportunities for the investigation and innovation of sea and marine ambient.
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PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 01/16/2014
Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT NA (3rd from l), chapter president, presents Armando Francisco (3rd from r), a technology professor at Colegio Militar, with a STEM Award in January to support robotics education at the school. Students gathering for the presentation are (l-r) Jose Gomes, Margarida Esteves, Bernardo Lopes and Ines Damiao. In January, Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT NA, chapter president, presented professor Armando Francisco, a technology teacher at Colegio Militar, with a set of microcontrollers for project development activities in the area of robotics, in the presence of students of that school.

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 12/18/2013
Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT (Ret.) (c), chapter president, presents professor Sergio Vieira da Silva (r), Ph.D., director of the Bachelor of Science in Security Studies at Universidade Lusofona, with a corporate membership certificate in December recognizing ENSINUS - Estudos Superiores S.A. (ISG) as member of AFCEA in the presence of professor Vasco Martins dos Santos. In December, Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT (Ret.), chapter president, presented professor Sergio Vieira da Silva, Ph.D., director of the Bachelor Science in Security Studies at Universidade Lusofona, with a corporate membership certificate recognizing ENSINUS - Estudos Superiores S.A. (ISG) as a member of AFCEA in the presence of professor Vasco Martins dos Santos.

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 11/26/2013
In November, Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PON (Ret.) (l), chapter president, presents Vice Adm. Jose Torres Sobral, PON (Ret.), National Security Authority, with a corporate membership certificate recognizing the Portuguese National Security Cabinet as member of AFCEA. In November, Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT (Ret.), chapter president, presented Vice Adm. Jose Torres Sobral, PRT (Ret.), National Security Authority, with a corporate membership certificate recognizing the Portuguese National Security Cabinet as member of AFCEA.

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 12/04/2013
At the December seminar on cloud computing, Rear Adm. Carmo Durao, PRT NA (r), chaired the industry presentation panel with the speakers (l-2nd from r) Vitor Batista, EMC; Joao Cabecinha, Portugal Telecom (PT); Miguel Gomes, Symantec; and Manuel Pil, Cisco. Hosted by Portugal Telecom (PT) in December, the chapter organized in a one-day technical seminar on “Cloud Computing: The Information Security,” at the new PT data center located in the town of Covilha, Portugal. The seminar had 90 participants, mostly senior representatives of the three branches of the Portuguese armed forces, gendarmerie, civil police and civil protection that highly appreciated the chapter initiative. Rear Adm. Mario Durao, PRT NA (Ret.), chaired the industry presentation panel, underlining previous chapter initiatives on information and data security, considering now the importance of cloud computing and its implications. In particular, the companies PT, EMC, Cisco and Symantec presented their approaches on this subject. In the afternoon, there was an opportunity to visit the new next generation PT data center. Internationally certified as Tier III, this data center is impressive not only for its futuristic and daring architecture but above all by its top perfo ... READ MORE

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 11/28/2013
In November, Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PON (Ret.) (l), chapter president, presents Luis Deveza (c), president and chief executive officer of UNISYS Portugal, with a corporate membership certificate in the presence of Dinis Fernandes, company director. In November, Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PON (Ret.), chapter president, presented Luis Deveza, president and chief executive officer of UNISYS Portugal, with a corporate membership certificate in the presence of Dinis Fernandes, company director for global managed services.

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 11/28/2013
In November, Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT (Ret.) (c), chapter president, presents Carlos Flix (l), chief executive officer, Empordef Tecnologias de Informacao SA (ETI), with a corporate membership certificate in the presence of Maj. Gen. Miguel Rosas Leitao, PRT A (Ret.), chapter vice president. In November, Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT (Ret.), chapter president, presented Eng. Carlos Felix, chief executive officer of Empordef Tecnologias de Informacao SA (ETI), with a corporate membership certificate in the presence of Maj. Gen. Miguel Rosas Leitao, PRT A (Ret.), chapter vice president.

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 11/28/2013
In November, Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT (Ret.) (l), chapter president, presents Eng. Virott da Costa, managing partner of Bright Partners, with a corporate membership certificate. In November, Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT (Ret.), chapter president, presented Eng. Virott da Costa, managing partner of Bright Partners, a company of specialists in project portfolio management consultancy located in Lisbon, Portugal, with a corporate membership certificate.

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 10/22/2013
In October, Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT NA (Ret.) (l), chapter president and regional vice president for the Atlantic Region, presents the chapter's 25th anniversary commemorative stone to Maj. Gen. Klaus-Peter Treche, GEAF (Ret.) (2nd from l), general manager of AFCEA Europe, while Professor Carvalho Rodrigues (2nd from r), chairman of the chapter board, presents a stone to Kent Schneider, president and chief executive officer, AFCEA International. In October, the chapter offered a Welcome Port at the Portuguese Maritime Museum to all participants from TechNet International 2013 in Lisbon. The chapter, celebrating the 25th anniversary of its foundation, offered two commemorative stones to Kent Schneider, president and chief executive officer, AFCEA International, and to Maj. Gen. Klaus-Peter Treche, GEAF (Ret.), general manager of AFCEA Europe. Professor Carvalho Rodrigues, chairman of the chapter board, presented the stone to Schneider, and Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT NA (Ret.), chapter president and regional vice president for the Atlantic Region, presented the stone to Gen. Treche.

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 10/15/2013
At the opening session of the chapter's October meeting are (l-r) Professor Joao Correia, director DGIE of the Portuguese Ministry of Internal Affairs; Maj. Gen. Manuel Chambel, PRT, National Armaments director; Maj. Gen. Joaquim Borrego, commander, Portuguese Air Force Academy; and Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT NA (Ret.), chapter president. In October, the chapter organized a one-day technical meeting on remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) at the Portugal Air Force Academy under the auspicious of the National Armament director and the director general of Infrastructure of the Ministry of Internal Administration. The forum, with 120 attendees, contributed to strengthening community among government, armed forces, homeland security, industry and academia around the theme “RPAS: From Strategy to Action.” The keynote speaker, Peter von Blyenbergh, president of UVS International, explained the problems and obstacles relevant to the integration of RPA into the segregated airspace and highlighted the action taken by the European Commission and its agencies for RPAS. During the first session, titled “Perspectives of Operational Employment,” Navy, Army, Air Force, gendarmerie, civil police and civil protection representatives presented, briefly, their operational concept for using RPAS capabilities in intelligence, surveil ... READ MORE

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 09/12/2013
Speaking at the chapter's opening seminar in September are (l-r) Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PON (Ret.), chapter president; Vice Adm. Torres Sobral, PON (Ret.), National Security Authority; James Michael, professor at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School; and Cmdr. Oscar Monterrosa, USN, U.S. Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal. In September, the chapter with the support of the National Security Office (GNS) and the Embassy of the United States in Lisbon, organized a seminar entitled "Cyber Security: An Action to Establish the National Cyber Security Center.” The event featured a high number of participants and promoted a debate on the creation of the National Center for Cyber Security with international experts from the involved national entities creating the necessary coordination mechanisms in the context of NATO. During the opening speech, Torres Sobral, National Security Authority, welcomed all the participants and presented the national framework. James Michael, professor at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, delivered a keynote address titled “Agility and Evolution: Two Key Attributes of an Effective and Efficient Cyber Security Center.” Manuel Honorato, director of the Management Center for Government Computer Network, talked about threats, vulnerabilities and pressures facing government systems. R ... READ MORE

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 07/25/2013
In July, Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT (Ret.) (2nd from r), chapter president, presents a corporate membership certificate to Manuel Cachadinha (2nd from l), president of Reisswolf Portugal Group, in the present of the company directors, Jose Henrique (l) and Miguel Santos. In July, Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT (Ret.), chapter president, presented Manuel Cachadinha, president of Reisswolf Portugal Group, with a corporate membership certificate in the presence of the company directors, Jose Henrique and Miguel Santos.

PORTUGAL CHAPTER - 05/23/2013
Opening the chapter's conference on Information Security and Risk Management in May are (l-r) Manuel Honorato, director of the Management Center for Government Computer Network; Jorge Coimbra, EMEA business developer, IDC; Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PON, chapter president; and Antero Luis, secretary-general of the Internal Security System, in Portugal. In May, the chapter and IDC Portugal organized a seminar on Information Security and Risk Management at the Joint Defense Institute (IESM) in Lisbon. The main objective of this seminar was to address information security strategies and current relevant issues on that subject. The seminar was an open forum where experts in information security, industry professionals and users shared ideas, experiences, opinions and concerns on topics such as: virtualization and cloud computing; access and identity management; risks and threats associated with mobility; data loss prevention; risk management, business continuity and disaster recovery. The event attracted more than 220 attendees, including members of the armed and security forces, government organizations, academia and research centers, and industry. At the opening speech, Antero Luis, secretary-general of the Internal Security System, presented the national and international framework, stressing the importance of activities to protec ... READ MORE


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