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Krystin Fakalata, chapter executive vice president, put out a call to chapter membership to submit nominations for the chapter awards. Fakalata wrote, 'Can you believe March is next week?! Neither can I, but here we are. I'm writing to you today to ask you to reflect for a few minutes and think of someone associated with the chapter you know who deserves an award.'

The AFCEA International Spring Awards are coming, and the chapter would love for all of its members to have a chance to nominate a deserving individual or company for any of the following awards:
• Emerging Leaders (Young AFCEAN) 40 Under 40
• Small Business of the Year
• Small Business Person of the Year - Industry
• Small Business Person of the Year - Government
• Small Business Advocate
• Distinguished Award for Excellence in Engineering
• Meritorious Rising Star Award for Achievement in Engineering
• Distinguished Award for Excellence in Information Technology
• Meri ... READ MORE

ALAMO CHAPTER - 02/23/2021

Col. Michael Winter, USAF, chief, Future Operations (J-35), 16th Air Force, discusses information warfare and convergence during the chapter's February luncheon. The event was held on the Zoom virtual platform and was followed by a virtual networking hour. The chapter had the pleasure of welcoming Col. Michael Winter, USAF, chief, Future Operations (J-35), 16th Air Force, at this month's virtual luncheon. Information warfare convergence and its associated challenges were the topics of discussion. According to Air Force Doctrine Document 2-5, information warfare is information operations conducted to defend one's own information and information systems or attacking and affecting an adversary's information and information systems. "It is the employment of military capabilities in and through the information environment to deliberately affect adversary and system behavior and to preserve friendly freedom of actions during cooperation, competition and armed conflict," explained Col. Winter.

Throughout history, theorists have been using information warfare to bring about an intentional change with information and strategic messaging. Back then, there were only the domains of land, sea and human domains. In contrast, today, our mili ... READ MORE

TURKIYE CHAPTER - 02/20/2021

At the February conference presented by Col. Ercan Ertureten (Ret.), one of the Turkish defense industry doyen, opinions were expressed on how the defense industry could be more effective. Also, ideas were shared on what both procurement authorities and main contractors should do to utilize the lessons learned from the past. The chapter is pleased to see young engineers and university students participating in the conference together with elder doyens of the Turkish defense industry.

TURKIYE CHAPTER - 02/13/2021

The chapter held a virtual general assembly meeting to inform the members about activities of 2020, since regular general assembly meetings were banned due to the epidemic. At the meeting, the 2020 activity and budget reports and the audit board report were presented to the members. In addition, members were given information about the regulation of written general assembly decisions. In the last part of the meeting, members received details about the efficient execution of chapter activities.


Stacy Bostjanick, director of Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (OUSD(A and S)), speaks at the February event. In February, the chapter's Third Annual IC IT Day kicked off 2021 with this year's theme of Balancing Security and Accessibility in the Virtual Environment. The day offered a variety of IC Leadership and provided timely insights and opportunity for industry. Sean Caufield, IC IT Day chairman and current chapter executive vice president kicked off the day with the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) Panel "Reimagining Readiness: Building an AI/Emerging Tech-Ready Organization." The panel included Jacqueline Tame, acting deputy director; Jane Pinelis, chief, Test and Evaluation of Artificial Intelligence (AI)/Machine Learning (ML); and Alka Patel, head of AI ethics policy. The panel was moderated by Kari Bingen, nonresident senior adviser, Center for Strategic International Studies (CSIS). As part of the discussion on the JAIC 2.0 effort, Pinelis provided some insight into a new forthcoming multi-award contract for data readiness assessments that will help connect U.S. Defe ... READ MORE


Jimmy Smith, director, Office of Small Business Programs, Department of the Navy, discussed what the Navy is doing to support small business opportunities at the chapter's February speaker series webinar. Jimmy Smith, director, Office of Small Business Programs, Department of the Navy, was the featured guest speaker at the chapter's distinguished speaker webinar, sponsored by MIKEL Inc, in early February.

Smith, Senior Executive Service member, is the chief advisor to the Secretary of the Navy on all small business matters. Smith provided a host of extremely beneficial information about the initiatives that his organization has taken to support small business (SB) opportunities with the Navy. He explained the structure of the ten major Naval "buy" commands. He also discussed the Navy's mentor protégé program (large industries team with SB's to assist them in becoming productive contributors to support Naval acquisition requirements), and described other initiatives designed to assist SB's in successfully doing business with the Navy.

Smith concluded by directing SB's to the Navy's SB website to learn even more about other initiatives and future plans for expanding SB ou ... READ MORE

TURKIYE CHAPTER - 02/09/2021

(From l-r) Zekeriyya Sahin, director, SST Electronics and Software Design, ASELSAN; Erdinc Oguz; Kamil Zafer Selcuk, chapter president; Behcet Karatas, deputy general manager, ASELSAN, and sector president, DST; Serhat Hilmi Bizimtuna; and Seyfettin Sunger met in February at the offices of corporate member ASELSAN. In February, chapter officers visited Behcet Karatas, deputy general manager, ASELSAN, and sector president, DST. Zekeriyya Sahin, director, SST Electronics and Software Design, ASELSAN, also attended the meeting. The attendees discussed indigenous designs and developments of corporate member ASELSAN, especially in naval systems, and the success of contracts abroad. Also, officers provided AFCEA corporate news information to corporate members and discussed how to utilize and maximize corporate news benefits.

ASELSAN is the leading defense electronics company in Turkiye's defense industry and is listead as one of the top 50 defense companies in the world.

TURKIYE CHAPTER - 02/06/2021

At the February conference, Maj. Musa Yildirim (Ret.), author of the book "Science Touching Life - The Deep Meaning of Mathematics," talked about the meaning and the scope of mathematics education and its place in the community. Participants also discussed how to improve mathematics education. The chapter was pleased that young people, as well as doyen teachers, showed an interest in this conference.


The chapter installed its slate of officers for 2021. David Dodds, outgoing chapter president, was pleased to announce the elections were complete for the 2021 chapter session. The new officers are as follows:

Chapter President: Yvonne Vermillion
Immediate Past Chapter President: David Dodds
Chapter Treasurer: John Garrity
Chapter Secretary: Adrianna Templeton-Jones
Chapter Executive Vice President: Krystin Fakalata
Chapter Vice President, Operations: Bill McGuffey
Chapter Vice President of Education: Andy Higgins
Director of K-12: Carrie Taylor
Chapter Vice President, Information: Beth Whitehead
Director of Publicity : Brenda Colton
Office of Web Master: Billy Grill
Chapter Vice President, Membership: Maurice Wheeler
Director of Business Memberships: Robert Chevlot
Director of Individual Membership: Ian Bobbitt
Chapter President of Programs: Johi Ahlers
Director of Arrangements : Lisa Reineke
Luncheon Arrangements: Michael Mark ... READ MORE


Caroline Mailloux, an independent consultant on designing organizations for diversity, belonging and innovation, is the special guest speaker at the chapter's Diversity series webinar in January, offering her thoughts about inclusivity and customer/client success. The chapter hosted its January Diversity series webinar featuring Caroline Mailloux, an independent consultant, who advises nonprofits and corporations alike on designing organizations for diversity, belonging and innovation. Mailloux delivered an extraordinarily enlightening presentation and first-hand perspective on disability in the workplace centered on "Spurring Innovation Through Inclusive Leadership." She educated all with an eye-opening history of several of the world's great inventions, which originally emanated from the inventor's need to address a particular disability either personal or familial, such as the typewriter (precursor to braille) telephone, gramophone, and surprisingly, the Internet. She also discussed companies today that are leaders in supporting disabilities, naming Microsoft as the leader in this endeavor. She concluded by responding to questions. She provided a list of critical do's and don'ts when interfacing with disabled persons and suggested that dis ... READ MORE

TURKIYE CHAPTER - 01/23/2021

In January, the Chapter held a video conference on Defense Industry Insights. During the conference, participants explained and evaluated the history and historical effects of the defense industry; technologies and the milestones of the Turkish Defense Industry history; and the problems faced by the defense industry today. The chapter is pleased that its young members, as well as the doyens who have served in the sector, showed interest in the conference.


Maj. Gen. Maria Barrett, USA, commanding general, NETCOM, presents at the January event. The chapter's 20th Annual Army IT Day kicked off 2021 with this year's theme of Enterprise to the Edge: Cloud and Data Enabling MDO was held virtually in January. Both days offered a variety of Army Senior Leadership as well as a variety of panelists from U.S. Defense Department, industry and academia that provided insight and opportunity for industry.

Steven Buck, chapter event chairperson, kicked off the two-day event with an introduction to Maj. Gen. Maria Barrett, USA, commanding general, U.S. Army Network Technology Command (NETCOM), as the first day morning keynote speaker. Gen. Barrett provided her perspective on mission success for NETCOM and challenges ahead to support the warfighter. Following Gen. Barrett's presentation was a panel discussion from the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) with Maj. Gen. Peter Gallagher, USA, Brig. Gen. Robert Collins, USA, and Michael Monteleone, Senior Executive ... READ MORE

ALAMO CHAPTER - 01/21/2021

The chapter's Young AFCEANs along with AFCEA Hawaii and the San Antonio IT Networking Group held a joint networking event and happy hour. Guest speaker, Randy Rose of the Center for Internet Security, spoke about the SolarWinds/SolarStorm breach and how the incident has put a stark focus on cybersecurity and future efforts to mitigate cyber incidents. After a question and answer session with Rose, the group mingled within the breakout rooms where old friends connected and new members were introduced. The joint event was sponsored by Thycotic.

ALAMO CHAPTER - 01/19/2021

The chapter opened up its January virtual luncheon this month to chapter members and attendees, focusing the discussion on the implications of deterrence. Given the recent headlines on the SolarWinds breach, the topic of cyber espionage has escalated to include understanding what it is, where it comes from and how incidents like SolarWinds can be mitigated in the future. Guest speakers Jacquelyn Schneider, Hoover fellow at Stanford University, an affiliate at Stanford's Center for International Security and Arms Control, and Erica Borghard, resident senior fellow, New American Engagement Initiative - Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council, addressed the recent breach in an open dialogue of their thoughts and opinions.

"This was not a cyber attack; it was cyber espionage," explained Schneider. 'When it comes to differentiating between attacks and espionage, it's not just about taking information. There is violence or destruction or harm to people,' ... READ MORE

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