AFCEA International Chapter News
ALAMO CHAPTER CHAPTER - Nov 16, 2017

Professional Engagement Theme of Annual Conference

The chapter's annual conference in November brought more than 1,500 professionals together. The conference kicked off with three female speakers: Brig. Gen. Heather Pringle, USAF, commander, Joint Base San Antonio; Lt. Gen. VeraLinn "Dash" Jamieson, USAF, deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, Air Force Headquarters; and Rear Adm. Nancy Norton, vice director of DISA. The presenters gave insight on Joint Base San Antonio's mission, data as a weapon and bringing business reform to current cyber operations. In the theme of 'Professional Engagement: Collaboration, Innovation, Integrations,' each speaker touched on their areas of expertise to hone in on collaboration. Brig. Gen. Butikofer, USAF, 24th Air Force vice commander, stated that collaboration was key during the Network Modernization Panel led by Maj. Gen. Garrett Yee, director of operations and architecture, Office of the Army CIO/G-6. "We are looking to be more effective instead of just efficient with our current platforms. If industry can also share their lessons learned, it'll help us get better." Maj. Gen. Doug Chalmers, British Army Officer and III Corps deputy commander at Fort Hood, gave attendees a global perspective on collaboration. He stated that there are complexities dealing with the culture of information sharing. "We need to come with an open understanding. Our enemy wants us to be on the compartmented side to prevent unity of effort from us...to pull us apart. We need to work more as a coordinated effort. We need to be faster than the enemy." When discussing the future of ISR and innovation, 25th Air Force Vice Commander Brig. Gen. James Cluff explained that the network age is today. "We are no longer in the information age. It is how we harness our networks that will determine how we succeed in wars." Data in context is information said Col. Chad LeMaire, USAF, AFSOC/A6. "Let's not get the information lost in the data." Transparency is good except when it gives our adversaries a roadmap to our data, Chris Townsend of Symantec explained. "We are losing the cyber battle until we can collaborate." Townsend also added that we need to share data and build true integration by taking a platform approach to the problem. In addition to the outstanding presentations, there were a few firsts for this year as well. Two panel sessions were dedicated to every major command in the Air Force. The two panels consisted of five panelists each moderated by Arthur G. Hatcher, director of cyber capabilities and compliance, Office of Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force. The chapter also hosted its first capture the flag competition. The winners were from the Texas A&M Cyber Team consisting of Peter Myers, Nicholas March, Andrew Meserole and David Gilman. The Cyber Family Feud game was also a first for 2017.

Event Photographs:

Arthur G. Hatcher, director of cyber capabilities and compliance, Office of Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, serves as panel moderator for the major commands panel session at the chapter's annual conference in November.
Arthur G. Hatcher, director of cyber capabilities and compliance, Office of Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, serves as panel moderator for the major commands panel session at the chapter's annual conference in November.
Maj. Gen. Doug Chalmers, British Officer and III Corps deputy commander at Fort Hood, presents a NATO and international perspective on counter-offensive combat operations and collaboration during the event in November.
Maj. Gen. Doug Chalmers, British Officer and III Corps deputy commander at Fort Hood, presents a NATO and international perspective on counter-offensive combat operations and collaboration during the event in November.
The capture the flag competition during the annual conference in November had teams work through cyber issues in a virtual reality game.
The capture the flag competition during the annual conference in November had teams work through cyber issues in a virtual reality game.

For more details regarding this event contact:
Szu-Moy Toves
866-445-9114

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