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4:29 am, July 24, 2014

AFCEA Answers

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

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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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.