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Student Chapter Activities,
Facilitates Information Sharing
General Discusses Air Force
Information Dominance Strategy
The chapter’s June luncheon began with
recognition for recent AFCEA award winners. The chapter, which received seven
local and international awards, congratulates all winners on their dedication, passion and hard work in the community.
The event’s guest speaker, Maj. Gen. Patrick Higby, USAF, started with a discussion of the cyber challenges facing the U.S.
Air Force as well as specific trajectories to
address those challenges. “We are engaged.
We cannot wait for the cyber Pearl Harbor.
Our win depends on information dominance,” the general said. He also spoke
about training, equipping and educating
U.S. cyber warriors to understand Air
Force priorities. Gen. Higby added that
smart, innovative investments and partnerships with industry are keys to evolving in
the ever-changing technology world.
Chapter Presents Work
On Railgun System Study,
In May, the chapter joined an AFCEA
Student Clubs Meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, organized by the Portugal Chapter.
More than 30 participants, including representatives from government, industry,
academia and research centers, exchanged
information about defense research and
development and new projects. The Almada Student Chapter, based at the Portuguese Naval School, was represented by
its president, Castro Fernandes; Sampaio
Pereira, vice president; Vitor Lobo, faculty
adviser; and students Valerio Rodrigues
and Fernandes Rodrigues. At the meeting, the chapter presented its work on two
projects: the development of a sailboat for
surveillance missions and the draft study of
a railgun system.
The chapter, along with the Almada, Covilha and Porto
student chapters, organized a meeting in Lisbon, Portugal. The event’s objectives were to build bridges between
government, industry, academia and research centers
and to share information about defense research and development and new projects. Joao Neves, head of research and development for the General Directorate for
Resources at the Portuguese Ministry of Defense, presented the keynote address.
He identified priority technology areas for defense and provided guidelines for
future research and development projects involving industry and military end
users. During the meeting, the student chapters shared their capabilities, activities
and projects. AFCEA student clubs in Portugal are linked to the country’s National
Scientific and Technological System to stimulate more academic work that addresses the needs of technological development in the defense and security sectors. John
Rodrigues of INOV INESC Inovacao moderated a panel discussion with Rui Santos
of Esri Portugal, José Neves of GMV, Victor Batista of Indra and Paulo Almeida of
Rohde & Schwarz Portugal. They discussed their work experience and addressed
the themes of innovation in defense and security, opportunities for joint projects in
Portugal and future trends and opportunities in the sector.
PORTUGAL—Portuguese student chapter members gather in May with chapter leaders,
including (front row, 2nd from r) Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PRT N (Ret.), regional vice president, Atlantic Region, and Rear Adm. Mario Durao, PRT N (Ret.), chapter president (3rd from r).
head of research and
development for the General
Directorate for Resources at the
Portuguese Ministry of Defense,
delivers the keynote address
at the May meeting of student
chapters in Lisbon, Portugal.
PORTUGAL—Participating in an industry panel
at the May event are (l-r) José Neves of GMV; Rui
Santos of Esri Portugal; moderator John Rodrigues
of INOV INESC Inovacao; Paulo Almeida of Rohde &
Schwarz Portugal; and Victor Batista of Indra.
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