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April 9, 2016 | Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC
in Norfolk, Virginia. Col. Ronald M. Zich,
USMC (Ret.), was the guest speaker.
Col. Discusses Competitive
At the chapter’s November luncheon, Col.
David Goldstein, USAF, director, Air Force
Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate and commander, Phillips Research
Site, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico,
gave an overview of his directorate’s activities based on the rapidly evolving, competitive space environment. He said the space
environment now is different from a couple
of years ago because of heavy commercial
investments, the diversity of launch options,
cyber and kinetic threats and the recognized
importance of maintaining the high ground
for U.S. security. Col. Goldstein discussed
the challenges of retaining the nation’s space
technical superiority and making systems
resilient “so we can use them when we need
them most.” He emphasized that resiliency
must be a foundational requirement for new
space systems and that the nation’s strategic
strengths of entrepreneurial spirit and international collaboration will help address these
Recent Cyber Attacks
The chapter invited Lt. Gen. Michael
Peterson, USAF (Ret.), AFCEA board
executive committee member, as a guest
speaker for its October luncheon. Gen.
Peterson sparked the crowd’s interest
by discussing recent cyber attacks. He
emphasized the importance of the fight
in cyber and how the government needs
to work with industry to find solutions
to cyber attacks. The luncheon coincided
with the biannual Information Technology
Forum and Expo hosted by Headquarters
Air Force Reserve Command Communications and Information Directorate,
78th Communications Directorate, and
the 116th Communications Squadron.
The expo featured 22 technical vendors,
of which six vendors were chosen to present on topics ranging from cybersecurity to cyber defense. Close to 200 people
attended the seminars, earning continuing
education credits. More than 120 cyber
professionals and vendors attended the
luncheon, making it the largest AFCEA
event for the chapter. The chapter closed
out the luncheon by donating $100 to the
National Prisoner of War Museum in Gen.
Speaker Discusses Sustaining
The chapter and the Tobyhanna Chapter of the Association of the United States
Army co-hosted a November luncheon.
The speaker was Robert Conway, program manager, Army and Missile Defense
HAMPTON ROADS—Attending the December social are (l-r) Tidewater Chapter Vice President
of Industry Rick Gay; Tidewater Chapter Director of Science, Technology, Engineering and
Mathematics (STEM) Franco Garcia; Tidewater Chapter Director of Programs Sam Moore;
Christine Moore; David Tereira; Hampton Roads Chapter President Palmer Sims; Regional Vice
President Steve Kelley; Hampton Roads Chapter Executive Vice President Neil Bourassa; and
Hampton Roads Chapter Vice President of Programs Larry Minnick.
HAMPTON ROADS—Col. Ronald M. Zich,
USMC (Ret.) (l), shakes hands with Chapter President Palmer Sims during the December event.
LOS ANGELES—Bill Page, chapter vice
president, programs (l), and Doug Holker,
regional vice president (r), greet November
speaker Col. David Goldstein, USAF, director,
Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles
Directorate and commander, Phillips Research
Site, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico.