and Daniel Braun is the vice president. Also
in attendance was incoming Regional Vice
President Frank Arlotta. The luncheon was
co-hosted by the Tobyhanna chapter of the
Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA). The
guest speaker was Lt. Gen. Patricia McQuis-tion, USA (Ret.), who works for the AUSA
staff as senior membership director.
Robotics, Unmanned Aerial Systems
Capture Student Interest
In May, the chapter joined an AFCEA
Student Clubs Meeting in Lisbon, Portugal,
organized by the Portugal Chapter. José
Valente, student chapter president, student
members Nuno Fernandes, André Ranito,
Joao Costa and Carlos Silva and faculty
adviser José Carlos Alves represented the
chapter, which is based at the Faculty of
Engineering of Porto University (FEUP).
Valente spoke about the club’s activities
with robotic and unmanned aerial systems
and how they have enhanced students’
interest in defense and security applications for these technologies. Also, Costa
and Fernandes highlighted the club’s participation in the RPAS Air Cargo Challenge
and the upcoming World Robotic Sailing
Chapter Tours Portugal’s
2nd-Largest Telecom Operator
In June, the chapter organized a visit to
the Convergence Centre of NOS COMUNICA, the second-largest telecom operator
in Portugal. The event attracted 26 individuals representing the Ministry of National
Defense (MDN) and Joint Staff, navy, army,
air force and chapter board of directors. Several officials responsible for public administration, health and education received the
AFCEA delegation. The visit began with a
briefing on the activities of the Convergence
Center by Pedro Figueiredo and Diogo
Costa. A question-and-answer session followed. The visit ended with a guided tour
showing participants where the network is
supervised and where corporate business
customers receive support.
Forum Addresses Challenges
Of Digital Transformation
The chapter and IDC Portugal held the
seminar “Cybersecurity Forum: Emerging
Risks in Digital Transformation” in May
at the Military University Institute (IUM)
in Lisbon, Portugal. The event was attended by 250 individuals from armed and
security forces, government organizations,
academia, research centers and industry.
Speakers included national and international experts. The forum’s objective was
to share knowledge about cybersecurity,
information security, risk management,
identity management, regulation and privacy against a backdrop of organizational
digital transformation. The combined
effect of a new generation of malware, the
application of Crime-as-a-Service (CaaS),
the Web 2.0 and threats related to this
new communications infrastructure and
the increasing use of mobile technology
PORTUGAL—During a June tour of the Convergence Centre of NOS COMUNICA in Portugal,
participants ask questions and get a behind-the-scenes view of operations.
PORTUGAL—Chapter President Mario
C. Durao welcomes attendees of the
cybersecurity forum held jointly by the
chapter and IDC Portugal in May.
ROME—Brig. Gen. Giuseppe Sgamba, ITAF
(l), 4th Brigade commander, presents the brigade’s crest to Lt. Gen. Antonio Tangorra, ITAF
(Ret.), chapter president, during the May event.
ROME—Attending the ceremony in April are (l-r) Capt. Vittorio Sanzari, Corps of Italian Army
Engineers; Lorenzo Forzini, MDBA; Lt. Giovanni Pecoraro, Corps of Italian Air Force Engineers;
Maj. Giovanni del Genio, Corps of Italian Air Force Engineers; and Lt. Libero Ruggiero, Corps of
Italian Navy Engineers.
ROME—Among the high-profile attendees at the chapter’s April workshop are Lt.
Gen. Franco Langella, ITAF (front row, r), general manager of the Italian Air Assets and
Airworthiness Agency and head of the Italian Air Force Engineers Corps.