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7:19 am, August 27, 2014

AFCEA Answers

Debriefing the Coast Guard CIO

Whether it's network bandwidth, acquisitions, cybersecurity, or the Joint Information Environment, Rear Admiral Bob Day, Chief Information Officer of the U.S. Coast Guard has been involved in answering the service's information technology challenges. In this edition of "AFCEA Answers", Adm. Day, who also serves as Commander of Coast Guard Cyber Command, reflects on his 5 years as CIO, and his 34 years of military service as he prepares to retire this summer. He considers IT to be a "mission enabler" for the Coast Guard, and points to the recently deployed "Rescue 21" shipboard communications system, which he says, "is taking the ‘search' out of search-and-rescue."

Wednesday - 03/12/2014, 01:45pm EDT
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Building An Information Sharing Framework

When minutes count, timely information sharing could be the difference in stopping terrorists and saving lives. This week on "AFCEA Answers", we'll talk to Kshemendra Paul, Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. His office spearheads an effort to make possible information sharing between Federal, state and local law enforcment. Its part of a trend toward rapid and secure sharing of critical data when time is of the essence.

Friday - 02/21/2014, 09:14am EST
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Going Global For Virginia Business

In the midst of the current decline in federal defense spending, the Commonwealth of Virginia is taking steps to ensure that companies in the state's multi-billion dollar defense industry are able to find new business opportunities. It's a program that goes beyond the usual "goodwill tour". This week on "AFCEA Answers," we'll examine the "Going Global" initiative with Paul Grossman, vice president of international trade with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership; and Brian Dearing, vice president of business development and government relations with HDT Global. The initiative is designed to help prepare Virginia businesses to find new markets beyond American shores, and develop business strategies to help them win their share of this business.

Monday - 02/10/2014, 08:57am EST
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National Infrastrusture Protection Plan (NIPP)

Most people don't think about critical infrastructure until the power goes out, or fresh drinking water doesn't flow from the tap. But the federal government has mapped out a plan with the help of industry, to safeguard the nation's critical infrastructure. On this edition of "AFCEA Answers", we'll discuss the nuances of the newly-released National Infrastructure Protection Plan with Suzanne Spaulding, the acting Department of Homeland Security Undersecretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate; and Jill Singer, a partner with Deep Water Point consulting in McLean, Virginia.

Tuesday - 01/28/2014, 09:40am EST
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AFCEA Answers - The Best of 2013

As we begin the new year, we thought this would be a good time to recap some of our conversations from the first six months of "AFCEA Answers" broadcasts. From cloud to tactical radios, mobility to cybersecurity, and even a friendly debate about big data in the intelligence community, we'll have it all for you. Including top guests from government, industry and academia.

Wednesday - 01/15/2014, 03:59pm EST
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AFCEA Answers - Big Data Point-Counterpoint

America's Intelligence Community depends on timely, accurate information to help national leaders make important decisions every day. And yet, increasing use of drones, remote sensors, satellites and a plethora of digital data sources threatens to overwhelm analysts abilities to sort out needles of useful information in the big data haystack. In this edition of "AFCEA Answers", Mark Lowenthal from the Intelligence and Security Academy, and Lewis Shepherd with the Microsoft Institute, continue a debate started in the pages of SIGNAL Magazine on whether or not an emphasis on Big Data in the IC should be a top priority at this time.

Friday - 12/06/2013, 01:57pm EST
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AFCEA Answers - State of the Cyber Workforce

For over a decade, experts have been forecasting a shortage in trained cybersecurity professionals. And the demand for those experts continues, even as government and industry notes an uptick in the number and the nature of cyber threats. On this edition of "AFCEA Answers", we get a report card on efforts to educate and train the cybersecurity workforce with Dr. Ron Ross from NIST; Pat Delaney from University of Maryland University College; and Chris May from Carnegie Mellon University's CERT program.

Tuesday - 11/19/2013, 10:16am EST
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AFCEA Answers - Identity Assurance

When it comes to cybersecurity, one of the biggest challenges is verifying the identity of the end user, whether it's for an e-commerce site, or a secure government database. The challenge is multiplied by the explosive growth in the use of mobile devices in both the public and private sector. On this edition of AFCEA Answers, we'll look at government efforts in the realm of identity assurance with Ken Gantt, Acting Deputy Director of the Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM) with the Department of Homeland Security. And, we'll examine the work of the multi-institution Center for Identity Technology Research (CITeR), delving into "next-generation" solutions for identity assurance, with its director, Dr. Stephanie Schuckers, a professor at Clarkson University in Pottsdam, NY.

Thursday - 11/07/2013, 10:00am EST
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AFCEA Answers - Cyber Security Awareness

The "persistent threat" is becoming the hallmark of how government and industry deal with cybersecurity concerns, particularly threats to the nation's electrical grid and critical infrastructure. Plus: how is industry and government training and retaining top cybersecurity professionals? On this edition of "AFCEA Answers", we'll explore these topics with Dr. Ernest McDuffie from NIST; Mike Peterson, Vice President with URS, former Air Force CIO; and Tom Conway, Director of Federal Business Development with McAfee.

Thursday - 10/03/2013, 06:38pm EDT
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AFCEA Answers - Tactical Radio Communication and Networking

Tactical radios are evolving from devices that merely transmit voice messages from one point to another, into devices that allow warfighters to receive important multimedia information at the edge of the tactical network. But what are the challenges, opportunities - and frustrations - of avoiding past mistakes, and realizing the promise of joint tactical communications devices? We'll explore that on this edition of AFCEA Answers with the Marines CIO, Gen. Kevin Nally USMC, and retired Army General Dennis Moran, Vice President of Government Business Development with Harris RF Communications.

Monday - 09/23/2013, 06:06pm EDT
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Previous Programs

Find out how Virginia is going global for business.
Learn about the National Infrastructure Protection Plan.
Should an emphasis on Big Data in the IC be a top priority at this time?
Listen to a report card on efforts to educate and train the cybersecurity workforce.
Take a look at government efforts in the realm of identity assurance.
What are the challenges of realizing the promise of joint tactical communications devices?
Explore the challenges of taming the firehose of information in a large federal agency.
Explore how the Defense Department is coping with gathering, storing, and analyzing huge datasets.
Enterprise services is taking on a new role in providing tactical information advantage to warfighters in the field.
Find out about current trends in cloud computing in government and industry.
How are industry and government meeting the challenges of security, acquisitions and 'big data' when it comes to the cloud?
Explore the cyber threat landscape and how it impacts government and industry.
A discussion of issues surrounding mobility for the government and industry community.