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11:37 am, November 21, 2014

AFCEA Answers

Better Buying Power: The Next Generation

At a time of increased budget scrutiny and ever changing threats, it's important that the Pentagon make key changes to the way that it procures almost everything. In this episode of "AFCEA Answers," Frank Kendall, Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, previews the upcoming release of "Better Buying Power 3.0", the latest Pentagon directive on acquisition modernization. He also outlines a parallel effort by lawmakers on Capitol Hill to better understand and improve defense acquisition. And the secretary offers insights into how acquisition might change to reflect rapid change in areas like IT and cybersecurity.

Thursday - 09/18/2014, 01:29pm EDT

Spanning the Globe, Geospatially

Every day, one federal agency simultaneously serves the global intelligence needs of the American military, the U.S. Intelligence Community, and, increasingly, domestic first responders. In this episode of AFCEA Answers, Ellen McCarthy, chief operating officer of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), discusses how "managing through portfolios" makes sense during a new era of intelligence challenges and fiscal restraint. We'll also discuss how links with industry and academia are driving mission-focused innovations, like NGA's "Map of the World". And McCarthy talks about educating and recruiting the next generation of NGA innovators.

Wednesday - 09/10/2014, 04:27pm EDT

Debriefing the Army CIO

The U.S. Army, like all of the American military services, is dependent on an increasingly complex array of information technology to prosecute its mission. On this edition of AFCEA Answers, our guest is the officer responsible for the Army's IT resources, Lieutenant General Robert Ferrell USA , Chief Information Officer/G-6. He explains how the modernization of the Army's LandWarNet ties in with building the Joint Information Environment, and will result in improved network performance for Army facilities worldwide. The general also offers a progress report on the presidentially-mandated program to reduce the number of Army data centers. And he adds that acquisition modernization is vital to keeping the military's IT resources at the ready in a time of declining budgets and shifting threat priorities.

Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 04:05pm EDT

Air Force C4I Innovation

In order to stay on the cutting edge of mission-focused innovation, the Air Force Research Lab's Information Directorate in Rome, N.Y. conducts research on matters regarding command, control, communications, cyber and intelligence, better known as C4I . On this edition of AFCEA Answers, we'll learn more about the activities of the AFRL Information Directorate from its director, George Duchak. He'll tell us how a newly-developed device that mimics the human brain - a neuromorphic computer - may someday help future Air Force officers make better and faster decisions. We'll also learn how AFRL scientists are teaming with local students to determine how to commercialize the results of their research. And, on this edition of AFCEA Answers, you can glean insights from Mr. Duchak on how to improve the acquisition of information technology.

Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 12:50pm EDT

Innovation at Homeland

Just as the Pentagon depends on DARPA to keep the military on the cutting edge of science and technology, so too, does the Department of Homeland Security have an ARPA to keep DHS agencies out on the technological edge. On this edition of AFCEA Answers, Dr. Adam Cox, Acting Director of the Homeland Security Advanced Projects Research Agency (HSARPA) discusses the similarities - and the differences - between his organization and DARPA. He explains how "tech foraging" allows HSARPA to meet customer needs while saving taxpayers a buck or two. And he offers an unclassified look at some forward thinking technological solutions now being developed for transportation and border security.

Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 11:16am EDT

The State of Intelligence, Parts One and Two

Members of the U.S. Intelligence Community have found themselves to be the source of a good deal of scrutiny in recent years, not all of it welcome. In this exclusive two-part interview, the Honorable James Clapper, Jr., Director of National Intelligence, discusses recent efforts to stem news leaks in the Intelligence Community; a new "roadmap" outlining the IC's technology requirements in the future; and the effort to improve the speed and reliability of federal employee and contractor security clearances. Also we'll preview the upcoming Intelligence and National Security Summit, scheduled for Sept. 18-19 in Washington, and co-sponsored by INSA and AFCEA International.

Thursday - 07/10/2014, 02:27pm EDT

Building On A Solid Cybersecurity Framework

With stories of cyberattacks making the news almost daily, it has become more important than ever to protect the critical infrastructure supporting private industry. That's the goal behind a cybersecurity framework mandated by President Obama, developed by the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST), and now being implemented by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In this edition of "AFCEA Answers," we'll get insights into the progress on the framework from Bobbie Stempfley, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity Strategy and Emergency Communications with DHS's National Protections and Programs Directorate. Stempfley will outline the importance of the voluntary nature of the framework, explain the need for highly trained cybersecurity professionals, and discuss how DHS works with other federal agencies and key public and private stakeholders.

Wednesday - 06/18/2014, 02:15pm EDT

The A-B-Cs of STEM

In recent years, science, technology, engineering and math education has become a top national priority. In this special edition of AFCEA Answers, we'll spotlight teachers from across the country who have benefitted from the AFCEA STEM Teachers for America's Future scholarship and teaching tools grant programs. We'll also hear from top experts who actively support AFCEA's STEM teacher programs. Plus: details on how you can participate in AFCEA's second annual Cycle for STEM fundraising event this summer.

Thursday - 06/05/2014, 12:44pm EDT

Baked-in cybersecurity goodness

Experts say that one way to eliminate cybersecurity vulnerabilities is to build cyber defenses into the wide range of information technology devices that are rapidly becoming part of the "Internet of things". Baked-in cybersecurity is the goal of new draft guidelines recently proposed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. In this edition of "AFCEA Answers", Dr. Ron Ross, senior computer scientist and information security researcher with NIST, joins us to discuss SP 800-160, proposals which would mandate the design of cyber protection into the hardware and software of the next generation of IT products and services. Also, Dr. Ross discusses how SP 800-160 is part of the continuing work on the federal government's cybersecurity framework.

Thursday - 05/22/2014, 05:12pm EDT

Cyber Command, Day-To-Day

Maintaining cybersecurity has become a mission-critical 365/24/7 priority for the U.S. military. And no one knows that better than Maj. Gen. Brett Williams, USAF, the recently retired Director of Operations for U.S. Cyber Command. In this episode of AFCEA Answers, Gen. Williams discusses how Cyber Command works in a joint environment to protect the nation's military information networks. He also discusses how the Joint Information Environment, now under construction, is a key element in enabling that protection, while also transitioning the military to a data-centric approach to information sharing.

Wednesday - 05/07/2014, 03:18pm 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.