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The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) San Diego Chapter and co-host SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific (SSC-Pacific) are pleased to announce this year’s 2010 C4ISR Symposium theme, “Tools and Technologies for Protecting our Critical Infrastructure.”

The 2010 C4ISR Symposium will be held May 18-21 at the Hall of Champions in Balboa Park (sdhoc.com).

The program will include speakers and panelists from government and industry today and tomorrow; a classified program at SPAWAR System Center Pacific on Thursday; and a golf tournament on Friday.

The keynote speakers are Gen. Michael Vincent Hayden, former director of the National Security Agency and director of the Central Intelligence Agency; Robert Lentz, former executive with the Office of the Secretary of Defense; and city of San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders.

This year’s C4ISR Symposium builds on a long-standing series of informative events that fosters cooperation, information exchange and partnership building in support of our nation’s defense. This year we are broadening our program to include state, regional and local officials who contribute to the protection of our critical infrastructure. The challenges of command and control, communications and situational awareness spread across all jurisdictions and locations as we work to build a stronger national defense and secure homeland.

AFCEA San Diego has taken a novel approach to this year’s C4ISR Symposium that takes this topic from the national/global level to the state/regional level to the local level. Each of these will be explored through keynote speakers and a panel that provides additional insight and perspective to the topic. Capping the review of the challenges, issues and needs in these areas will be a keynote and panel to discuss innovation. We will explore what is on the development horizon for industry and what government requires to protect its critical networks and infrastructure.

This is covered in the first two days, and will be followed by a third day that brings a classified briefing to SSC-Pacific. Qualifying attendees will hear classified details on C4ISR challenges and requirements from both Navy and civilian government officials.

On day four of the symposium, AFCEA San Diego will hold a golf tournament at Riverwalk (riverwalkgc.com), one of San Diego’s premier golf facilities. This event allows for further informal discussion and helps build the funds needed to further the chapter’s academic scholarship program.

AFCEA is one of the world's premier C4I professional societies. With more than 33,000 members on four continents, AFCEA is comprised of political, military and industry leaders. There are 135 different AFCEA chapters in more than 30 countries.

The association is widely recognized for excellence, high ethical standards and the quality of its events. It is considered by top decision makers to be the pre-eminent association in its field. AFCEA serves as an ethical bridge between government requirements and industry's capabilities, representing the top government, industry and military professionals. Visit the C4ISR Symposium website for updates and program at c4isr.afcea-sd.org.

The San Diego Chapter is AFCEA's fourth largest with more than a thousand members, of which over 300 are associate members through a corporate sponsor, representing the heart of high-technology in one of the country's most lucrative markets. San Diego Chapter Mission Statement:

Improve government and industry preparedness in the field of C4ISR through cooperation, association and the encouragement of education in related technical fields.

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