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DC/NOVA Young AFCEAN Top Golf Networking

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Event Date: 
Monday, December 12, 2016 - 6:30pm
ATTENDANCE WILL BE LIMITED TO 18 PEOPLE. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE!

Sponsor: CommScope

Please contact Andrew Plofchan (andrew.plofchan@tjwestlake.com) or Alisha Kelly (alisha.f.kelly@gmail.com) with any questions. 

15th Annual Air, Space, and Cyber IT Day

Event Date: 
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - 8:00am
AFCEA NOVA is proud to host our 15th Annual Air, Space, and Cyber IT Day on Tuesday, December 13, 2016, at the Sheraton Tysons Hotel.  This one-day conference provides an unparalleled opportunity to hear from and meet senior military and civilian leaders from: - OSD, Joint Staff, Combatant Commands and DoD Agencies - Armed Services CIOs - Cyber, Space, Combat, and Material MAJCOMS - DoD and Service Acquisition PEOs  
 
These influential leaders will come together to address the following relevant topics:
  • DoD’s Third Offset and efforts to spur innovation and drive procurement into the Information Age
  • Vision of Multi-Domain Command and Control as the “Connective Tissue” of Joint Warfighting
  • Focus Area of Strengthening Joint Leaders and Teams, Communications Squadron Next
  • Information Dominance Vision and Flight Plan
  • DODIN OPS, Joint Information Environment (JIE) and Future of IT Modernization
  • Cybersecurity, C2 of IT Services, Data Center Consolidation, Application Rationalization 
  • Understanding Cyber Terrain and IT Support of the Warfighter 
  • Upcoming RFPs and new opportunities for industry
  • Trends in cloud migration, mobility, architecture, automation, data analysis and so much more!  
This event also provides an opportunity for Small Businesses that is unequalled in the NCR. Participating Small Businesses are invited to present their capabilities to other firms, both Large and Small, in a dedicated networking session that will include representatives from government Small Business Offices. And as an AFCEA NOVA exclusive, select participating firms will be offered an opportunity to showcase their innovative solutions to DoD and Service senior leadership in our first-ever IT Day Innovation Expo.
 
Join us on 13 December to engage with these senior Service, Joint, DOD, and Industry leaders as they share their insights into current issues, priorities, philosophies, directives and goals that are driving warfighter information systems planning, acquisition, and sustainment. Given today’s strategic and budgetary challenges and the ever-increasing pace of technological innovation, the 15th Annual AFCEA NOVA Air, Space, and Cyber IT Day is a must-attend conference.

Featured Speakers

wilson Major General Burke E. "Ed" Wilson
Deputy Principal Advisor to the Secretary of Defense and Senior Military Advisor for Cyber, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Pentagon, Washington D.C.


Major General Burke E. "Ed" Wilson serves as the Deputy Principal Cyber Advisor to the Secretary of Defense and Senior Military Advisor for Cyber, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. In these capacities, Gen. Wilson supports the Principal Cyber Advisor as the primary advisor to integrate and oversee the development of all DoD cyber capabilities, activities and policy, as well as provides senior military perspective on cyber policies, strategies and plans which guide DoD efforts in cyberspace.

Read Maj. Gen. Wilson's full bio.

zabel Major General Sarah Zabel
Vice Director, Defense Information Systems Agency

Air Force Major General Sarah E. Zabel is the Vice Director of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). In this role, she helps to lead a global organization of military, civilian, and contract personnel who plan, develop, deliver, and operate joint, interoperable, command and control capabilities and a global enterprise infrastructure in direct support of the President, Secretary of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Combatant Commanders, Department of Defense components, and other mission partners across the full spectrum of operations. 

Maj Gen Zabel leads the efforts of an 8,000-member global organization and manages a $10-billion-dollar annual budget. 

Read Maj. Gen. Zabel's full bio.

bender Lieutenant General William Bender
Chief, Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer
Office of the Secretary of the Air Force

Lt. Gen. William J. "Bill" Bender is the Chief, Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. General Bender leads three directorates and supports 54,000 cyber operations and support personnel across the globe with a portfolio valued at $17 billion. He has overall responsibility of the Air Force’s Information Technology portfolio as the senior authority for Information Technology investment strategy, networks and network-centric policies, communications, information resources management, information assurance, and related matters for the Department of the Air Force. As Chief Information Officer, General Bender provides oversight of portfolio management, delivers enterprise architecture, and enforces freedom of information act and privacy act laws. He integrates Air Force warfighting and mission support capabilities by networking air, space, and terrestrial assets.

Read Lt. Gen. Bender's full bio.


Brigadier General (ret.) Scott Bethel
Vice President for Intelligence Education and Training at JMark Services Inc.

Mr. Scott Bethel is a retired Air Force Brigadier General with 31 years of intelligence, cyber, kinetic targeting, unmanned vehicle operations, and education experience.  His current focus is Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR ) and cyber training, education, and strategy. 

Scott is also working extensively with SAP NS2 helping to refine and operationalize their HANA real time analytics capability focused on Air Force, joint, and coalition partners. He also heads JMark Services intelligence and training initiatives and is program manager for JMark’s Royal Saudi Air Force training project teaching RSAF students Initial Intelligence Skills.  His other clients include Raytheon, CGI, FEDITC, IBM, Delta Risk, TTI, LMI, and CYFOR Technologies focused on solutions for cyber and ISR Processing, Exploitation, and Dissemination shortfalls. 

Scott continues to serve as a senior advisor and Highly Qualified Expert (HQE) for the Commander 25th AF.  His most recent military position was as Vice Commander, Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency (AFISRA) where he oversaw the organization, training and equipping of assigned forces to conduct ISR for the nation.  He was the senior operationally certified Distributed Common Ground Station (DGS) Mission Operations Commander and the Air Force's senior targeteer.  He also served as the commander of the 17th Training Wing at Goodfellow AFB, Texas where held the initial training for all Air Force intelligence personnel.  His other assignments include various levels of command and staff positions, including at Air Education and Training Command, as well as five deployments to combat areas.  He has spoken and published extensively on the topics of ISR and Cyber strategy and policy, future ISR systems and modernization of Processing, Exploitation, and Dissemination, and strategic thinking. He published his first book in 2001 on Vladimir Putin and Russian Foreign Policy.

Retired Leadership Panel


General (ret.) William Hobbins
Commander, U.S. Air Forces in Europe
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Lieutenant General (ret.) Michael Basla
Senior Vice President, HLE Advanced Solutions, CACI
Former Chief, Information Dominance and CIO U.S. Air Force
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Lieutenant General (ret.) Mike Peterson
Former Chief of Warfighting Integration and CIO, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force
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Lieutenant General (ret.) William Donahue
Former Director, communications and information, Headquarters U.S. Air Force and commander, Air Force Communications and Information Center, Washington, D.C.




January 2017 Monthly Luncheon

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Event Date: 
Friday, January 13, 2017 - 11:30am

With over 7,500 Chapter members, the AFCEA NOVA Luncheons are the best networking and business development events in the Metro DC area for defense and intelligence professionals – bar none. Something for everyone:

  • Large businesses – don’t be left out while your competitors are building the relationships and hearing the information first. 
  • Small businesses – get the exposure you need to succeed in the DoD market, plus the chance to network with partners large and small. 
  • Government/Military – hear what your peers are working on while you make vital professional connections. 

Our speakers are the TOP Government IT and C4I leaders – including Service CIOs, Acquisition Leads, and OSD C-Level Executives –and as their schedules allow they always take questions and network with attendees.

Young AFCEANs: How to Talk Politics

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Event Date: 
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 6:00pm
Join the Young AFCEANs for a bipartisan  event on how to discuss politics in professional settings.

Election day may be over, but in an industry where political decisions can impact the bottom line the conversations about the results are just beginning. At our happy hour event attendees will gain insight into how to discuss politics in a constructive way. We'll talk about how to respond when a client or supervisor asks, "so what do you think of the election?"

Speakers Include:
Camille Tuutti, Executive Editor, Next Gov
George Meyers, Managing Partner, The Meyers Group
Maryaam Atmar, Founder and CEO of MAIH Group
Alexandra Kuhns, Meetings and Events Manager, Navy League of the United States

Below you will find the speakers' bios.

Speaker Bios

Alexandra Kuhns, Meetings and Events Manager, Navy League of the United States
Alexandra Kuhns started her career in Washington, D.C. as a White House intern in the Office of Political Affairs.  She became immersed in politics working as a lobbyist and then as a scheduler for a prominent New Jersey congressman.  After leaving the political world, she forged a career in hospitality with Marriott properties including The Ritz-Carlton.  She is now the Meetings and Events Manager at the Navy League of the United States, a non-profit which supports the sea services and puts on one of the premier global maritime expositions.  Alexandra holds an Honors Bachelor Arts from the University of Toronto.  She is a proud Air Force wife and lives with her husband in Springfield, VA.

Maryaam Atmar, Founder and CEO of MAIH Group

Ms. Atmar is the founder and CEO of MAIH Group. MAIH group is an international consulting and contracting firm collaborating with several  private and public NGOs in Afghanistan, US and  UK. As an entrepreneur, she built her company from the ground up. She now shares her expertise to coach other Afghan female entrepreneurs develop their businesses worldwide. Ms.Atmar is the  director of  Afghana, a non-profit organization which  promotes women's  education and  training. She is also the  managing director of a foreign  language institute with a large number of female students. Ms.Atmar has an extensive background in investments and financial sector. She holds a B.A. in Psychology.

Camille Tuutti, Execuive Editor, Nextgov

Camille Tuutti is the executive editor at Nextgov, a division of Atlantic Media, where she's responsible for the editorial vision and strategy.  She previously served as editorial director at FedScoop, and prior to that, was a staff writer and "People" section editor at Federal Computer Week. Before that, Camille worked as a news editor and reporter, covering government contracting and IT. Her current tech obsessions include artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and emerging technology. Originally from Stockholm, Sweden, Camille has called Washington, D.C., her home for the past 15 years.

George Meyers, Managing Partner, The Meyers Group

In a town known for business and negotiation, George Meyers is recognized as one of the most accomplished business leaders in Washington, D.C., having achieved financial success on behalf of numerous clients. He has over 25 years of extensive hands-on experience working in the federal government and in government affairs. He possesses an in-depth understanding of federal government acquisition and the legislative process. He is equally experienced in navigating Washington’s political environment and is a recognized expert in business development, international trade development and federal marketing. This combination of skill and experience has allowed Mr. Meyers to generate millions of dollars in actionable business opportunities for clients. He is considered a master at using innovative thinking and creative strategies to secure funding for clients. His energy and enthusiasm are contagious.

Mr. Meyers is also a guest lecturer on acquisition policy and has spoken before numerous corporate groups on the topic of doing business with the federal government. He has moderated panels for the security, intelligence and aviation communities and has authored numerous articles on shaping and winning business in the federal government. He is considered an expert in the aviation, transportation, and logistics industries.

One of Mr. Meyers’ early successes was his effort on behalf of President Clinton’s Mid-Delta Empowerment Zone Project in Greenville, Mississippi, where he advised community leaders on a strategy to “rebuild” the Mississippi delta region using skilled aviation-industry jobs and resources. Subsequently, Mr. Meyers was assigned to the Pentagon as Chief Acquisition Manager for the United States Secretary of the Air Force, where he led a team in acquiring and modifying over $9B in aircraft programs, and was able to secure funding to start a $6B modernization program. Mr. Meyers was then assigned as the Chief Congressional Liaison for the United States Secretary of the Air Force in Washington, D.C. He worked with his Air Force and Industry counterparts to formulate strategies and enlist Congressional support for the Administration’s key policies and programs. He authored the legislative strategy for a $10B aviation program and brokered a multiple-year contract worth $7B.

Upon retirement from the Air Force, Mr. Meyers served as Government Affairs and Business Development Director for Defense and Intelligence programs at a Washington, D.C.-based firm, where he directed the company’s strategic intelligence programs. He also served as a Program Manager for critical DIA, CIA and NGA Intelligence Programs, where he increased profit by 21%. He also secured $25M in federal funding for an R&D effort.

He was asked to join Lockheed Martin where he helped create a $32B pipeline and managed over $1B in international opportunities in 43 nations—with particular emphasis in developing nations. He led the emerging markets team for Lockheed Martin’s Intelligence business, directing company strategy on legislative, international, and new and emerging programs. Industry credits him with creating the strategy and shaping the landscape for a $6.6B Defense contract--which he eventually won.

While at Cassidy and Associates he was responsible for business development, industry teaming, and international trade.  He regularly built outreach plans to shape and win multi-million dollar programs.  Under his guidance several clients achieved a 200% increase in revenue.  He also designed /wrote the business development plan for a $4B defense company—and then executed the contact plans to win business.  He built the Cassidy cyber practice and was responsible for client success in several classified programs.  He also helped write several cyber bills for Congress.

Mr. Meyers is an expert at crafting acquisition plans and has led several “start-ups” through successful “funding rounds” while also winning government business. He is also a monthly Columnist writing about business development and legislative issues for several monthly publications.

Mr. Meyers is a commercial pilot with over twenty years of flying experience, serving in numerous conflict zones, including two tours in support of Iraq and Afghanistan. Mr. Meyers currently serves as a corporate advisor and on the Board of Directors for several companies who have experienced double-digit growth and profit due to his counsel.

He is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana and received his Bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University and currently lives in Washington, D.C.

February 2017 Monthly Luncheon

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Event Date: 
Friday, February 3, 2017 - 11:30am

With over 7,500 Chapter members, the AFCEA NOVA Luncheons are the best networking and business development events in the Metro DC area for defense and intelligence professionals – bar none. Something for everyone:

  • Large businesses – don’t be left out while your competitors are building the relationships and hearing the information first. 
  • Small businesses – get the exposure you need to succeed in the DoD market, plus the chance to network with partners large and small. 
  • Government/Military – hear what your peers are working on while you make vital professional connections. 

Our speakers are the TOP Government IT and C4I leaders – including Service CIOs, Acquisition Leads, and OSD C-Level Executives –and as their schedules allow they always take questions and network with attendees.

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