Friday was Opening Day for the AFCEA NOVA Luncheon Series! This fall has a great line up of speakers and leading it off was Annette L. Redmond, Director, Army Intelligence Community Information Management, Army Intelligence Chief Information Officer. After an amazing rendition of the Star Spangled Banner that would rival any of those at a ballpark, Ms. Redmond graciously shared her insights on the challenges and needs of the US Army as we move into the new Cyber domain.
Ms. Redmond stressed that Army leadership feels that READINESS is the #1 priority as she described the Army Intelligence 2020 Plan and gave us insight into the priorities for their 2025 plan. Ms. Redmond also discussed the challenges the Army faces and points of emphasis going forward in GFY17, particularly around integration with ICITE and trust. The question session was lively and were answered in depth. After review, her slides will be available to the membership.
The chapter hosted its ninth annual Joint Warfighter IT Day in September. The conference provided an unparalleled opportunity to hear from and meet senior military and civilian leaders from the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the combatant commands, the military services and U.S. Defense Department agencies. Among the speakers were Terry Halvorsen, Defense Department chief information officer; David Bennett, Defense Information Systems Agency chief information officer and director of operations; and Maj. Gen. Linda Urrutia-Varhall, USAF, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency director of operations. Speakers also were present from Military Health System and the Department of Veterans Affairs. The speakers engaged the audience and discussed their priorities and upcoming opportunities.
The largest portion of AFCEA's largest chapter is "small": Seventy percent of chapter members are with small businesses. Accordingly, the chapter places a premium on its support to small business members. It kicked off this year's Small Business Program with a networking event in conjunction with September's Joint Warfighter IT Day. Tables and chairs were provided at no additional cost for small businesses and large firms to informally gather and discuss requirements and map capabilities and opportunities for teaming. The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and the Army Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) staff attended to promote their valuable services.
The Northern Virginia chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association has elected new members to its 2016-2017 Executive Board. Mr. David Scarbalis, Industry Solutions Director of CA Technologies, has been elected to serve as President for the coming year.
AFCEA NOVA is the largest Chapter in the AFCEA International family with approximately 7,200 members and an equal number of nonmember associates and friends in industry, government & academia.
The 2016-2017 AFCEA NOVA Board of Directors
Will you help name our robot?
Our new robotic arm has lots of personality and performs many tasks. It just arrived and it already feels like part of the Children's Science Center Lab family - but it is missing a NAME!
Visit the Lab before Labor Day and write your idea for our robot's name on an entry form in the Inspiration Hub Gallery for a chance to win a Birthday Party at the Lab!
Contest is for children 12 years old and under.
One entry per child please.
Winner will be announced on September 19th.
Government executives from the U.S. Defense Department participated in a panel discussing cyber health and wellness at the Women in Northern Virginia Cyber Health and Wellness Expo in July. The panelists, Greg Garcia, chief information officer, Army Corp of Engineers; Col. Darby McNulty, USA, Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems; and Adarryl Roberts, director, Defense Business Systems Center of Excellence, Defense Logistics Agency, were led by moderator Nirali Shah Chawla, director, Advisory Services Practice, KPMG. Panelists discussed the challenges governments, companies and critical infrastructures are facing in an increasingly challenging cybersecurity environment. The dialogue then transitioned to personal health and well-being. The combination was a true balance-of-life conversation.
The chapter's Small Business Committee hosted it final two events of the program year in May and June. In May, the chapter hosted James Lloyd, assistant to the director, Office of Small Business Programs for the Office of the Secretary of the Army and the program manager for the Veterans and HUBZone Small Business Programs. Lloyd explained the Army's successes in increasing small business utilization as well as some insights to upcoming Army small business opportunities and regulation changes.
In February the chapter hosted a lively panel discussion on the value of networking. Professional instructor Gale Paige, "the Queen of Networking," moderated a panel of government and industry executives who shared their stories and insights. Panelists included Marilyn Thomas, deputy chief management officer, Office of the Under Secretary of the Air Force; Michael Sorrento, director, cyber capabilities and compliance, Office of Information Dominance and chief information officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force; Gale Paige, president of Complete Professional Connections; and Kristyn Jones, director, KPMG Federal Advisory Practice. After the event, a networking happy hour was hosted by the chapter's young AFCEANs.
The chapter's Small Business Committee hosted an education event on multiple-award contracts (MACs) and GSA Schedules Winning and Benefits, on February 3. Attendees were able to learn about the latest on MACs and governmentwide acquisition contracts (GWACs) from a government/industry panel providing their insights in this growing area for small businesses. The outstanding line-up of presenters included Harrison Smith, Office of Procurement Operations, Courtney Fairchild, president, Global Services and Matthew Hummer, director of analytics and professional services at Govini.
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In November, the chapter hosted newly promoted Brig. Gen. Dennis Crall, USMC, who assumed the duties of director, command, control, communications, computers (C4), Headquarters Marine Corps/chief information officer (CIO) of the Marine Corps in July. Gen. Crall placed a heavy emphasis on the Marine Corps network, its vulnerabilities and the standardization of the application development process.
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