AFCEA International Chapter News
ALAMO CHAPTER CHAPTER - Dec 11, 2018

What Role Will the Air Force Serve in Cyber?

The chapter held its last luncheon of the year in December at the Scobee Education Center. The guest speaker was Lt. Gen. Michael Basla, USAF (Ret.), senior vice president and client executive for CACI International. He also serves on the AFCEA Executive Board. Gen. Basla kicked off the discussion by giving a brief history of AFCEA and how the organization was created. He expressed his appreciation of the Alamo Chapter and its contributions to wounded warrior and STEM organizations. The general also showed his commitment to mentoring others by donating two memberships to the chapter and stated: "Find two individuals in the community to be a part of this organization and help mentor those individuals to learn and grow." Gen. Basla presented a high level overview on the organizational leadership of the Air Force as it pertains to a restructuring that would combine the service's deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (A2) with the deputy chief of staff for information dominance (A6) and chief information officer. The restructure would focus on offensive and defensive cyber operations, information operations, electronic warfare and all things communications. The question that keeps arising is, "What role will the Air Force serve in cyber and is the Air Force to be a service provider of forces or a provider of services?" Another question that is being asked is what does that force need to look like? Is it a mixture of technical leaders or just technical folks? The deputy chief information officer will lead, maintain and secure this plan but now, how do we leverage it? Gen. Basla went on further to say that we need industry to build the infrastructure and the Air Force needs to look at infrastructure differently. He closed with summarizing how the current risk management framework is not meeting the needs of many warfighters to identify the vulnerabilities and threats that optimize our nation's ability to maneuver and dominate cyberspace. "We must collaborate with our industry partners to leverage the tools and technology that will usher us to the forefront of our defensive capabilities," said the general.

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Lt. Gen. Michael Basla, USAF (Ret.), senior vice president and client executive for CACI International, addresses the chapter during the last
Lt. Gen. Michael Basla, USAF (Ret.), senior vice president and client executive for CACI International, addresses the chapter during the last "Lunch. Learn. Network." event held in December at the Scobee Education Center.
Gen. Basla presents Bill Robinson, vice president of memberships, with funding for two new members to mentor and grow within the chapter during the luncheon in December.
Gen. Basla presents Bill Robinson, vice president of memberships, with funding for two new members to mentor and grow within the chapter during the luncheon in December.
During the luncheon in December, Karen Rolirad, vice president of scholarships and educational grants (r), presents Scobee staff, Natasha Sobers and Richard Varner, with a check for $4,500 to help continue their programs.
During the luncheon in December, Karen Rolirad, vice president of scholarships and educational grants (r), presents Scobee staff, Natasha Sobers and Richard Varner, with a check for $4,500 to help continue their programs.

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