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Looking Forward to San Antonio’s Alamo AFCEA Conference and Expo

By David Kovach •  November 13, 2013

We’ll see you next week, November 18-21 at Booth 30/31.

It’s well known in our circles that the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) hosts some of the world’s most useful and informative technology events.  AFCEA has been building relationships among the armed forces, private-sector enterprises, and educators for more than 65 years.

The Alamo AFCEA chapter is dedicated to the ethical sharing of ideas and information between industry and government, serving our members by promoting the exploration of IT-related issues relevant to supporting the defense, homeland security, and intelligence communities.  The Alamo AFCEA chapter also  puts an emphasis on the rapidly-changing cybersecurity, medical IT, homeland security and the education and training landscapes.

Listen to Telos Chairman and CEO John Wood in his brief interview on San Antonio-based Military City USA Radio.  John will moderate the panel on STEM education at the upcoming Alamo AFCEA Conference and Exposition.

It was in support of this mission, and to generate support for STEM, IT cyberspace education and training that AFCEA’s Alamo Chapter inaugurated its Alamo AFCEA Conference and Exposition (AACE) in 2010.  Since then, the AACE has broadened its technology and training offerings, incorporating support from national and local DoD/USG and industry organizations alike to become the Alamo AFCEA Chapter Event.

Coming Up: A New and Exciting AACE Gathering
Next week, the fourth annual AACE will convene in San Antonio at the Westin La Cantera Hotel and Conference Center.  With this year’s theme of “Mission Assurance: Innovation Through Collaboration,” this four-day event will host nationally recognized industry and government keynote speakers and interactive panel discussions addressing the critical technology and security issues facing our nation.

The AACE expects more than 1,000 attendees for two days of technology panel discussions and keynote addresses.  New this year – two additional days of Regional Industry Summit presentations, drawing support from local DoD/USG agencies such as the 24th Air Force; AF Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance Agency; San Antonio Military Health Services Command; the FBI; National Security Agency – Texas; AF Life Cycle Management Center, and Air Education and Training Command.

Prospective participants can view AACE details, including the full technology and training agendas at www.alamoace.org.

As an Alamo ACE Chairperson and event planner since its inception, I’ve learned to appreciate the value that we cyber and IT network operators and security professionals gain from taking the time to meet, engage, and discuss the changing landscape of technology, requirements, capabilities and resources.  Each year, the discussion always seems to bring it all back to center: We’re all struggling to meet new and vexing challenges, and we’re all networked together, working toward common goals.

See What’s New and Exciting in Mission Assurance Solutions
And, as somewhat of a technologist, I also enjoy the discovery of new technologies on display at the AACE. If you’re in the Exhibit Hall, stop by the Telos booth (#46) to see what we’ve been developing and deploying most recently. We really appreciate the opportunity to hear how our customers and partners have been combating the endless barrage of threats and vulnerabilities to our networks and national assets.  We’ve invested considerable time and energy into visualization and have been making great strides in viewing the right data at the right time to help make critical decisions. We’ve also been working to fully integrate the concepts of Cyber-Defense within a Mission-Focused Operational Construct.

Lastly, I’m proud that Telos Corporation has been a strong supporter of the AACE since its beginning four years ago.  Most gratifying is the robust scholarship and STEM education program support, as well as local wounded warrior contributions, that the AACE has generated both in South Texas and nationally.  As a direct result of the AACE, Alamo AFCEA has been able to endow nearly $300,000 in scholarships to high school and college students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and math; and thousands more in grants for teachers and mentors in these fields.

Look forward to seeing you San Antonio for an interesting and rewarding event.

David Kovach

David Kovach

Col. Dave Kovach (Ret.) is the vice president of strategic capture at Telos Corporation. See full bio...

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