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AFCEA San Diego hosts 2011 C4ISR Symposium April 5-8

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With more than 1,000 attendees expected from government and industry, the San Diego chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) will host its 33rd C4ISR symposium April 5-8 at the Hall of Champions in Balboa Park. With the theme of “Assuring Information Dominance in a Denied C4ISR Environment -- the Best Defense is a Good Offense,” participants will collaborate on future requirements and gaps in current capabilities with featured speakers and panelists to build solutions for the Department of Defense’s future direction of C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance).

Invited speakers include Adm. Jonathan Greenert, Gen. Keith Alexander, Vice Adm. David Dorsett, and Rear Adm. Patrick Brady. Greenert has served as the vice chief of naval operations since August 2009 and Alexander established the DoD’s first cyberspace operations and defense command, CYBERCOM. Dorset has served as the deputy chief of naval operations for information dominance and director of naval intelligence since 2009, while Brady provides decision superiority systems to achieve information dominance as the commander of Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) since in August 2010.

With Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) as the Diamond sponsor for the symposium and ESRI at the Platinum level, this year’s C4ISR symposium features two days of forward-looking briefings, collaborative panel discussions and product displays from government and industry, on April 5 and 6. A classified program will be held at SPAWAR System Center Pacific on April 7, concluding with a golf tournament on April 8.

Pertinent and engaging topics relative to the symposium’s theme will comprise the four panel discussions. The “Cyber Defense” panel will address access to C4ISR networks, defending against cyber-based terrorism and other cyber-attacks that intends to degrade the military’s warfighting capability. This is followed by an “Autonomous Vehicles” panel, which will look at how they are employed in all domains (undersea, surface, land and air) in an attempt to build an affordable fleet that meets operational requirements and extends the military’s forward presence.

Next, discussion points in a “Denied C4ISR” panel include the delivery of robust C4ISR systems in the face of any number of attacks from an adversary, system or logistic failures, and even unanticipated naturally occurring environmental threats. The final panel on “Information Dominance -- What’s Next?” will addresses the Navy’s ability to maintain its competitive advantage in the information age by discussing the forward-looking core capabilities and technologies that will allow for decision superiority to commanders, operational forces and the nation.

AFCEA will co-sponsor the event with SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific.

[OPTIONAL TRIM] AFCEA’s C4ISR Symposium dates back to 1986, when the Naval Ocean Systems Center and AFCEA created the first Intelligence Symposium.

By 1993, several things happened to change the thrust of the symposium: the Navy adopted the Copernicus architecture, changing the emphasis of information systems to focus directly on the needs of the warrior, and the then-named Navy Command, Control, and Ocean Surveillance/Navy Research and Development Center, which focused much more broadly on C4I systems. As a result, in 1994, the event became the C4I Conference. In 1997, the theme was broadened to include Surveillance and Reconnaissance and emerging concepts of Information Warfare.

This year’s symposium is focused specifically on the interests of our local community and opportunities within our reach to protect our communities, utilizing state-of-the-art tools and technologies as well as targeting technologies currently needed by the military and first responders to further safeguard, prevent, protect and recover quickly in the event of a cyber attack, acts of aggression or a natural disaster.

The continued support of this symposium has provided the AFCEA San Diego Chapter the necessary resources to encourage local students to study and pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. All net proceeds from the symposia contribute to the success of AFCEA’s scholarship and grant programs. Interested participants can visit the symposium’s website at c4isr.afcea-sd.org/ for registration and sponsorship opportunities. Early bird registration is available until Feb. 11.

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