Emerging Professionals in Intelligence Community (EPIC) Committee

The AFCEA Emerging Professionals in the Intelligence Community (EPIC) Committee is an exciting, high-energy group focused on developing leaders, networking, and giving back to the Intelligence Community (IC). The committee, comprising IC professionals ages 40 and under from both the public and private sectors, enhances AFCEA’s outreach and education to the IC. The committee is an extension of the longstanding and highly regarded AFCEA Intelligence Committee.

Developing Leaders

EPIC members have access to accomplished senior executives from across industry and government as they speak about their experience and current issues facing the IC. Recent speakers at  AFCEA EPIC meetings include a former Director of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), former Senior Director of the White House Situation Room, former President & CEO of the D.C. Chamber of Commerce, and a former Inspector General of the CIA. Membership in the committee also enables participation in AFCEA’s Intelligence related events.



Carl "Lee" Hutchins, M.Ed, Senior Advisor for Education, Training, Talent Development & Policy on Counterintelligence and Security; Shea Hazel, Reservist at HQ AFRC/A2 and JD Candidate (2021) UMass Law; Moderator Colin Agee, Army GEOINT Office (AGO) NCE S62220; Eric Winder, PhD Lead Scientist Quantitative Scientific Solutions (QS-2); and Michael Patterson, PhD MPH Lead Scientist Quantitative Scientific Solutions (QS-2) during Opportunities for Young Professionals and Recent Graduates in the US Intelligence Community.


EPIC members are next-generation leaders in government and industry from across the IC. As a member, you will have the opportunity to connect with members at monthly meetings, discuss intelligence-related concerns, and engage in conversations with the senior executive speakers and IC leaders. Through these interactions, you can build invaluable contacts and relationships that are satisfying both personally and professionally.

Giving Back

You will have the opportunity to give back to the IC through projects and events led and supported by committee members.  In the past year, EPIC has grown its education outreach program to encourage future leaders to choose and continue a career in intelligence. EPIC also hosts Speaker Series events to educate young professionals on different areas related to intelligence.

Apply to Join EPIC

The FY22 application process is now open! 

Committee News

Committee Membership

Mark Kandra

Vice Chair:
Gillian Savage
Strategic Program Manager
Oracle National Security Group 

Committee Charter

EPIC Committee Contact, AFCEA Intelligence Department