to take to adequately prevent, detect and/
or respond to new attacks. The presentation aimed to educate on specific areas of
the infrastructure and how different solutions can assist in enhancing an organization’s security posture. It covered infrastructure elements, including firewalls, data center
components, endpoints, email, the Domain
Name System (DNS) and the web. All these
elements require attention from the security
staff and are best viewed holistically as part of
an overall security ecosystem.
Perspectives on the Government:
IT Industry Interface
Brig. Gen. Greg Brundidge, (Ret.), USAF,
spoke on “Perspectives on the Government:
IT Industry Interface” in October. The U.S.
Defense Department faces the toughest environment in history, he said. Challenges with
funding, manning and modernizing systems
are all happening in a multithreat, high-tempo environment. Decision makers are
continually faced with tradeoff decisions and
prioritizing focus on multiple “must” missions. Many spend time fighting fires, with
little time to plan and think strategically.
More important than ever are military agencies and industry partners working together
to solve problems faster, better and cheaper
by communicating and collaborating clearly
and often. Understanding and getting ahead
of requirements facilitates faster and more
economical solutions. The attitude must be
one of dealing with the present and using
intellect and ingenuity to shape and prepare
for an increasingly demanding future.
Open Day With Industry
Focuses On VBR Pandur
The chapter, in partnership with the Portuguese army Logistics Command, organized
an Open Day With Industry in September at
Infantry Regiment 13, where the 1st Mechanized Infantry Battalion (BIMec) from the
Intervention Brigade (BrigInt) is based. Attendees took advantage of the opportunity presented
by the 11th meeting of the Pandur User Group’s
Steering Committee, which was held in Portugal. A presentation about the 1st BIMec followed opening remarks, and a signal officer
from the BrigInt gave a thematic introduction
to the tactical communications and information networks installed in the armored wheeled
vehicle (VBR) Pandur. José Luis Reis discussed
tactical communications subsystems, which
are interoperable with the systems installed in
the Pandur from the BrigInt. José Neves spoke
about innovative solutions for land forces, and
Hugo Rocha presented a case study from the
offset program “Dynamic Driving Simulator
for Pandur.” After lunch, a demonstration took
place using both a tactical simulator and the
new dynamic simulator for training VBR drivers. The day brought together representatives
from five armies and members of industry.
AFRL Liaison Presents Plans, Priorities
The chapter held its October luncheon at
the Peterson Air Force Base Club in Colorado. The luncheon was the first to be held
after the chapter’s summer break, and the
interacts with the chapter crowd
at the October event, asking
questions to members about their
views on industry and military
cooperation and communication.
PORTUGAL—Attendees of the Open Day With Industry gather
outside the 13th Infantry Regiment in September in Vila Real, Portugal.
Lt. Gen. Fernando
Serafino, PRT A, gives
welcoming remarks at
the September event.
PORTUGAL—An audience made up of representatives from five armies and members of
industry hears from speakers at the Open Day With Industry in September.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN—Chapter President Bob Wright (l)
thanks guest speaker Col. David Blanks, USAF, Air Force
Research Laboratory (AFRL) liaison to Air Force Space
Command and the Air Force Tactical Exploitation of
National Capabilities (TENCAP), at the October luncheon.