AFCEA International Chapter News

Virtual Cyberspace Symposium Is a Success

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 Whiting, USAF, commander, Space Operations Command; Lt. Gen. Robert Skinner, USAF, director, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA); Lt. Gen. Timothy Haugh, USAF, commander, 16th Air Force; Maj. Gen. Kevin Huyck, USAF, director of operations for Headquarters U.S. Northern Command; and Brig. Gen. Chad Raduege, USAF, director of cyberspace and information dominance and chief information officer, Air Combat Command. This flight of distinguished speakers informed us of the importance of Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2), discussed our national progress in convergence of data, sensors and command and control, along with the applicability of this strategy to the newest service, the U.S. Space Force.

In addition to three days of symposium keynote speakers and panels, the symposium provided 13 training classes at no cost for an opportunity to earn continuing education credits from industry leaders such as Elastic, F5, Forescout, Solarwinds, Forcepoint, and the 309th Software Engineering Group.

Funds raised during this symposium will help the chapter give over $300,000 to the local community in STEM scholarships and teacher grants, as well as donations to other STEM-related activities. This is an increase of $50,000 over our 2020 donations. We look forward to continuing the momentum of this important event next year in person for RMCS22 on February 21-24, 2022. Mark your calendars!

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