SIGNAL Magazine Update: Air Force Innovation and Security

The chapter's September luncheon series featured Lt. Gen. William T. Lord, USAF, chief of warfighting integration and chief information officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force. Gen. Lord brings more than 30 years of Air Force leadership experience to his current role, where he leads five directorates and two field operating agencies consisting of more than 1,000 military, civilian and contractor personnel supporting a portfolio valued at roughly $17 billion. He identified his biggest challenge: striking a balance between the numerous opportunities availed through ongoing technical innovation (Web 2.0, mobile devices, cloud computing and enterprise solutions) and the demands of security, fiscal constraints, law, policy and regulation. In the constantly shifting space of cybersecurity and information assurance, they are still defining the lanes in the road for the many agencies and organizations involved. Gen. Lord also stressed the importance of industry in advancing the progress and ensuring that the technology his organization acquires from industry is always cutting-edge and ready to answer tomorrow's threats. He thanked and acknowledged the partnership that the industry plays in keeping his directorates successful and operating responsibly. The chapter announced the upcoming Air Force IT Day on October 21, as well as the DHS Eagle II Small Business Breakfast on Sept. 21, both held at the Sheraton Premiere. Also, the chapter announced a new partnership with the March of Dimes and their annual Heroines in Technology gala. The chapter is a sponsoring partner and has sponsored a new award to recognize outstanding contributions by women in the government sector. The gala will be held November 12 at the Hyatt Regency Reston, Virginia.

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