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11:37 pm, December 22, 2014

AFCEA Answers

The Joint Information Environment: A Progress Report

The Department of Defense is in the midst of a large-scale revamping of its information infrastructure. The Joint Information Environment (JIE) promises to facilitate information sharing among the military services, other government stakeholders, and coalition partners. And it will do so while consolidating resources at a time of budgetary challenges. In this edition of AFCEA Answers, DOD Deputy CIO David DeVries offers a progress report on the JIE, and hints at how they will inevitably measure success. Also: a preview of the upcoming AFCEA JIE Mission Partner Symposium, May 12 - 14 in Baltimore.

Thursday - 04/24/2014, 11:18am EDT

The Navy Charts A Course for Information Dominance

For the U.S. Navy, Information Dominance has become just as important a pillar in its warfighting strategy as fast planes and sturdy warships. This week on AFCEA Answers, our guest, Vice Admiral Ted Branch, USN, the Navy's N2/N6 and Director of Naval Intelligence, explains how industry can benefit from understanding the Navy's priorities when it comes to Information Dominance. He will also explain how he manages to juggle four different jobs that are all related to the mission of Information Dominance.

Friday - 04/11/2014, 09:12am EDT
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Managing Change At The Pentagon

At a time when spending reductions, winding down two decade-long wars, and new threats from new adversaries is the "new normal"; one of the Defense Department's challenges is managing amidst all this change. In this edition of "AFCEA Answers," we'll talk to Kevin Scheid, Acting Deputy Chief Management Officer with DOD about new initiatives to manage the largest federal agency. Hear how a shift in responsibility for business system IT has changed the job of one top DOD official. Plus: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, working on a roadmap to improve management of the Department of Defense.

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 01:22pm EDT
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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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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.