|CENTRAL MARYLAND CHAPTER: Summer Intern Presentation Showcase|
One of the chapter's goals is to educate and inspire the next generation of technical professionals. This summer the chapter started the Summer Intern Presentation Showcase (SIPS) to do just that. SIPS is an opportunity for summer interns from sponsors in the chapter to practice their presentation skills and demonstrate their technical prowess. The showcase gave interns the opportunity to present their summer projects in front of a diverse audience. Ten companies from the Central Maryland area sponsored 25 students to make technical presentations on the results of their summer projects at SIPS. In August the students received professional presentation coaching and made presentations to a panel of judges from the community in a competitive setting. More than 60 people were in the audience. The chapter distributed scholarship money as awards to the Best Presentation and the Best Technical Project. All of the presentations were excellent and the judges had their work cut out for them. The award for Best Presentation went to a group of students from ESI with "Alexa Sense" by Michael Chirico, Jake Gluck and Colin Mason. Best Technical Project went to Anna Blendermann from Nteligen. Her project was titled "Modular Filtration." Congratulations to all who participated. The chapter would like to thank Gary Rosen and Liz Donelan for their outstanding support of this event, as well as the lead sponsor, Engineering Solutions Inc. For more information about the SIPS event and to read about all of the great projects presented in 2017, a copy of the program can be found on the Central Maryland website.
|CENTRAL MARYLAND CHAPTER: Women In Intelligence Group Hosts May Book Club|
In May, the chapter's Women In Intelligence Group (WIIG) book club met to discuss Dr. Lois Frankel's "Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office." The discussion centered on specific steps to achieving further success at work through astute networking, communication and mentorship. The WIIG book club has met since 2007 to address the challenges and issues women leaders face in the government, military and industry communities. The group is inspired through sharing career experiences and meets regularly to discuss books on business, career development and technology.
|CENTRAL MARYLAND CHAPTER: Golf Tournament Raises $13,400 for STEM Scholarships|
The chapter held its annual Spring AM/PM Golf Tournament in May. Rain and wind caused the morning tournament to be cancelled. Luckily, the skies cleared in time for the afternoon tournament. Thanks to sponsorships and generous donations from golfers, the afternoon tournament raised $13,400 for the chapter's science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) scholarship fund. In a chapter first, three teams finished in a three-way tie for first place. Congratulations to the finishers from Lockheed Martin, SAIC and Leidos for braving the uncertain weather and helping the chapter have a successful outing.
|CENTRAL MARYLAND CHAPTER: Nearly $270,000 in Scholarships, Grants Distributed at Annual Awards Night|
The chapter held its annual awards night in May at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland. Rachael Lynch, event chair, and Jessica Morgenstern, vice president, scientific education, served as masters of ceremonies, presenting checks and plaques for 17 high school scholarships, 16 Kickstarter grants and nine college scholarships for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) studies. Rob Joyce, White House cybersecurity coordinator, was the event's keynote speaker, and he gave everyone something to think about with his presentation on the five revolutions of technology. In addition, Bill Dunahoo, AFCEA regional vice president for Maryland, installed the chapter's incoming officers. Through volunteer and chapter fundraising efforts and the generous support of sponsor companies, nearly $270,000 in scholarships, grants, science fair prizes and training was awarded this year.
|CENTRAL MARYLAND CHAPTER: Members Represent AFCEA International Education Foundation|
Chapter members Michael and Kathleen Berganski represented the AFCEA International Education Foundation at the Air Force ROTC Detachment 330 Awards Banquet in April at the University of Maryland. Col. David Morrissey, USAF, commander, Air Force ROTC Detachment 330, hosted the event. The keynote speaker himself, Maj. Gen. James Vechery, USAF, was an ROTC Detachment 330 graduate, class of 1988. Michael Berganski presented the AFCEA Honor Award to Cadet Ebone Baker. This award recognizes an individual for achievement in leadership and academics. Cadet Baker was selected by her professor of leadership and military studies at the University of Maryland, where she is a rising senior majoring in aerospace engineering.
|CENTRAL MARYLAND CHAPTER: Annual Women In Intelligence Group Event is a Success|
The chapter’s Women In Intelligence Group (WIIG) held their annual program, WIIG In A Minute, in March. The event offered women in the intelligence community nearly 40 opportunities for roundtable mentoring discussions in business development and operations; engineering development and growth; executive leadership and strategy; program management; and recruiting. The event was sponsored and hosted by OPS Consulting in Hanover, Maryland. Distinguished women leaders included Margot Blackard, director of program development and strategy, Tensley Consulting; Katie Selbe, director of national cyber and intelligence solutions, Northrop Grumman; Tina Kuhn, president and CEO, CyberCore Technologies; Vicki Imre, program manager, Freedom Consulting; and Jennifer Drury, recruiting director cyber & SIGINT, ASRC Federal. The event focuses on career mentoring and fostering positive relationships in the community. One attendee shared, "This was the first WIIG event I've gone to and to say the least I think it was exactly what I needed—the motivation and encouragement to take the next step towards seeking an engineering career." The event is beneficial for both the attendees and the mentors, as one mentor remarked, "I will definitely participate in future events. The event format was productive and provided candid two-way dialogue. Questions the participants asked provided valuable insight into the industry at large."
|CENTRAL MARYLAND CHAPTER: Chapter Hosts Valentine's Gala|
More than 550 government, military and industry leaders attended the Central Maryland Valentine's Gala in February at the Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, Maryland. In addition to all the fun, the night included a special tribute to our POW/MIA, active-duty and veteran members. A special thank you goes to gala chair Jenny Smith of Raytheon and gala emcee Jerry Schepers of Praxis Engineering for their years of service to the chapter.
|CENTRAL MARYLAND CHAPTER: Young AFCEANs Hold Mentorship Night|
Mentorship Night is one of the most insightful and enjoyable events for the chapter's Young AFCEANs (YACs). Its value, interest and energizing nature are often praised by both mentors and participants. The 2016 Fall Mentorship Night in November included a discussion of customer- and industry-projected challenges, which was considered both sobering and hopeful. Mentors also shared their personal and professional journeys, challenges and rewards along the way, and stories of who and how they met their own mentors.
|CENTRAL MARYLAND CHAPTER: Volunteers Judge Local Science Fairs|
The chapter served as volunteer judges at two science fairs in December. Nine volunteers judged the MacArthur Middle School air on the grounds of Fort Meade, and fourteen volunteers braved the frigid temperatures to judge the Meade Senior High School fair. Judges were given 5-10 projects to assess. The goal was to determine if the students understand the scientific experimentation methods. Chapter Science Fair Chair Kathleen Berganski said, "Many of the students are really nervous during the interview process so we try to ease their nerves while we discuss the projects with them. We want to motivate them to continue on with STEM work. It is typically a very rewarding activity for students and judges alike."
|CENTRAL MARYLAND CHAPTER: Women In Intelligence Group Book Club|
In October, the chapter's Women In Intelligence Group Book Club convened for a lively book discussion of The Confidence Effect: Every Woman's Guide to the Attitude that Attracts Success by Grace Killeleat at CollabraSpace in Annapolis Junction, Maryland. The book is designed to help women develop the skills and mindset to become more confident in the workplace. The group discussed the importance of mentoring as a way of giving back, methods of introducing themselves to mentors and enjoyed discovering and sharing several book club attendees' experiences with meeting Colin Powell. The group also discussed the importance of ceasing the practice of apologizing and tips for empowering oneself with music, posture and preparation. The group meets quarterly to discuss works that contribute to professional development for women in the intelligence community.
|CENTRAL MARYLAND CHAPTER: September Membership Luncheon|
The chapter's membership luncheon in September was filled with activity including presentations from Peter Dinsmore of the Defense Information Systems Agency and small business speaker Nischit Vaidya, founder and CEO of Argotis. Members who serve AFCEA at the local and international level were also recognize during the event.
|CENTRAL MARYLAND CHAPTER: Women in Intelligence Group Book Club|
In June, the chapter’s Women in Intelligence Group (WIIG) held a lively summer book club to discuss their Myers-Briggs personality types and “Type Talk at Work (Revised): How the 16 Personality Types Determine Your Success on the Job” by Otto Kroeger, Janet Thuesen and Hile Rutledge. Zavda Technologies in Ellicott City hosted the event at the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship. The group discussed the themes of understanding and applying personality types. The WIIG book club meets quarterly at rotating businesses to discuss books on business, career development and technology issues. These opportunities to delve into areas of particular concern and interest to women in business provide a forum for women in AFCEA to discuss their professional challenges and successes.
|CENTRAL MARYLAND CHAPTER: Young AFCEANs Hold 'Embrace Your Geek' Social|
The chapter's Young AFCEANs held an "Embrace Your Geek Day" social in July, sponsored by NiSUS Technologies. The event attracted more than 60 attendees, including members of the chapter's Executive Committee. Attendees wore the provided "geek gear" while networking with other young professionals in the central Maryland community. Chapter Executive Vice President Brian Cooper recognized the group for the event. "Thanks for having me last night at your event. It was awesome! I loved the theme and meeting all of the people. What a great mix of new folks, industry, government and AFCEA members," he said.
|CENTRAL MARYLAND CHAPTER: Seasoned Leaders Guide Young AFCEANs on Mentorship Night|
The chapter's Young AFCEANs (YACs) hosted a mentorship night in June featuring a panel of five senior leaders from government, military, academia and industry. In a casual, collaborative environment twice a year, seasoned leaders help guide aspiring young professionals by sharing their insights on career progression, the roles of mentors and lessons learned. One panelist from event said, "The junior members of our industry give me renewed energy and hope to persevere. They are our future, and I am happy to help in whatever way I am able to make it positive for them and our country." Honest discussion centered around recent industry trends, beginning with sequestration and continuing through acquisition strategies that have resulted in an exodus of talent, particularly in the cyber and high-performance computing domains. Some of the best and brightest are taking jobs in the industrial and commercial sectors, which can offer higher pay and more flexible work environments than the military or government. Panelists discussed alliances with academia and new efforts to remain competitive through completion-based contracting and flexible work environments, including an unclassified-to-classified model that enables companies to staff contracts with highly qualified and untapped talent. Such a model infuses new talent into the industry and forces government employees and contractors to grow and maintain their own skills to remain competitive and successful in their own careers. A topic that came up often was that certain intangible qualities are required for success. The panelists listed hard work, dedication, commitment and self-motivation as well as specific examples from their own careers. Self-motivation emerged as the most important quality, suggesting that one ever succeeded without achieving things on his or her own initiative. One of the panelists offered Top 8 Rules of the Road. 1. Attitude: Bring passion and motivation to the job. 2. Mentor: Get one (or more). Be open to critical feedback. 3. Personal value system: Figure out what's important to you. 4. Assume noble intent, then deal with the conflict. 5. Embrace change: There will be so much of it in your lifetime. 6. Commitments: Follow through. 7. Sense of humor: Have one. 8. Work hard/play hard: Choose wisely. The evening's discussion was so lively and engaging that the event went one hour beyond its scheduled time. The chapter thanks the YACs who attended the first mentorship night this year and the panel of industry leaders whose valuable insights made the event so successful.
|CENTRAL MARYLAND CHAPTER: Chapter Celebrates Annual Awards Night|
In May, the chapter celebrated its scientific education successes for the 2015-2016 year. Jessica Morgenstern, vice president, scientific education, served as Master of Ceremonies to award $10,000 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) scholarships to 17 high school students and three scholarships to college students through the chapter's endowment. Nineteen teachers received up to $5,000 grants for enhancing the STEM programs in their classrooms. The chapter also endowed scholarships to three new colleges in the central Maryland region, each for $50,000. In addition, the chapter made a donation to the AFCEA International Education Foundation for $25,000. Lt. Gen. Robert M. Shea, USM (Ret.), president and CEO of AFCEA International, accepted this donation and addressed the group.
|CENTRAL MARYLAND CHAPTER: Chapter Awards Gravely Scholarships|
In September, the chapter presented two Vice Adm. Samuel L. Gravely Jr. Memorial Scholarships of $5,000 each to Tunji Hakeem Ogiefo and Chinedu Ilobinso. Adm. Gravely was the first African-American in the U.S. Navy to serve aboard a fighting ship as an officer, the first to command a Navy ship, the first fleet commander and the first to become a flag officer, retiring as a vice admiral. The admiral was AFCEA Educational Foundation's first executive director. Students actively pursuing an undergraduate degree in an eligible major at an accredited historically black college or university in the United States are offered to undergraduate students. Eligible majors include science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses of study, including electrical, aerospace, systems or computer engineering; computer engineering technology; computer information systems; information systems management; computer science; physics; or mathematics. This scholarship is made possible by generous contributions from American Systems Corporation and Avaya Corporation.
|CENTRAL MARYLAND CHAPTER: Teachers Receive Chapter STEM Scholarships|
In October, the chapter's vice president, scientific education, Jessica Morgenstern, had the honor of presenting two science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) scholarship awards to deserving teachers who are pursuing their graduate degrees in STEM-related subjects specifically for teaching STEM at a U.S. middle or secondary school. The scholarships are made possible by generous contributions from Medal of Honor Foundation, ManTech, AFCEA International and several of AFCEA's regional chapters. These $5,000 scholarship awards were presented to Ginger Berry and Amy Talvac. Talvac teaches third grade at Carderock Springs Elementary School in Bethesda, Maryland, and is pursuing a master's degree in teacher leadership: special studies in STEM education. She is learning new and better ways to prepare her students for STEM and the future. Berry teaches seventh grade at Argyle Middle School in Silver Spring, Maryland, and is pursuing a STEM program Master of Education degree. She wants to use her education to provide her students with the skills necessary to thrive in STEM careers in the future.
|CENTRAL MARYLAND CHAPTER: Exploring Cyber Analytical Methods|
The chapter hosted FireEye to discuss Cyber Analytical Methods at the March Technology Over Bagels (TOB). More than 25 government and contractor personnel gathered at Praxis Engineering to hear Tom Topping from FireEye providing insight into FireEye's approach. The presentation and lively discussion touched on many topics such as: transforming raw cyber event data into threat actor identification; real-time cyber indicator sharing; and FireEye's threat actor intelligence reports. With a variety of products and over 50 tier-three cyber threat experts, FireEye supports five of the six largest telecommunications companies and large companies in the financial industry. The chapter's TOB topic and presenting company changes with each event, and is held monthly at Praxis Engineering in the National Business Park, Annapolis Junction, Maryland.
|CENTRAL MARYLAND CHAPTER: Women in Intelligence Group Hosts Speaker Series|
In November, the chapter's Women in Intelligence Group (WIIG) held another successful installment of its Speaker Series. Hosted by Microsoft, the semiannual event had nearly 100 registrants. Speakers included Terri Fyock, director of business management and integration at the National Security Agency (NSA); Nancy Holliday, vice president, Microsoft Worldwide Services; and Ann White, NSA data acquisition associate director for targeting strategy and mission integration. Speakers covered topics from personal to professional, identifying the one action they have taken throughout their career that has accounted for the majority of their success. Holliday said she speaks up and gives her opinion—that she has a point of view on everything and that 90 percent of life is showing up. White indicated that she was never bound by organizational boundaries and that her true desire was to influence other organizations and build collaborative solutions. Fyock simply said, “Never, never, never quit, especially when you know something isn't right.” Attendees at the event had this to say: “I loved that the panelists addressed challenges that affect the rest of us. In addressing the constant fragile balance between work and life, Ann White conveyed her philosophy of one's responsibility to define her own success and to make deliberate choices that align to it, and then being comfortable with those choices. Terri Fyock advocated for advanced planning to ensure that her family remained well-occupied during summer breaks. Nancy Holliday pointed out that she looks at the long-term balance between her time investment with family and work and leverages support from technology and her network when she travels.” Another attendee said, “This was my first WIIG event, and I will definitely be coming back. It is so valuable to hear from others' success stories and learning experiences.”
|CENTRAL MARYLAND CHAPTER: Womens Group Holds Social|
The chapter's Women in Intelligence Group (WIIG) held its October social, sponsored by Cymertek, at Union Jacks. The event brought together professionals from throughout the industry for another positive networking experience.
|CENTRAL MARYLAND CHAPTER: Chapter WIIG Holds Book Club|
The chapter's Women In Intelligence Group (WIIG) held another successful Book Club in September at CollabraSpace in Annapolis Junction. The group read and discussed Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When the Stakes Are High. The authors call a "crucial conversation" the situations in life where things are tense and saying the right things is crucial. As opposed to a casual discussion, crucial conversations happen between two or more people when opinions vary, stakes are high and emotions run strong. WIIG Book Club members discussed the main technique the authors teach, which is the talent of dialogue, and how it could be used both personally and professionally. Several participants indicated they were able to take a recommendation from the book and apply it in a real-world situation, including one participant who decided to pull a previously seemingly uninterested employee into the pool of conversation. She was pleased not only by the knowledge and expertise the individual was able to bring to the conversation but by the realization that making the employee feel safe to discuss her knowledge and expertise benefited the whole group and improved the individual's performance.
|CENTRAL MARYLAND CHAPTER: Chapter Camden Yards Night|
The chapter, Army active duty members, wounded warriors and their families celebrated the 239th anniversary of the U.S. Army with a trip to Camden Yards to watch the Baltimore Orioles in August. A group of 450 chapter members, military and family members joined in on the festivities. Thank you to the chapter for donating more than 100 tickets to share this event with military and family members. On this very special occasion, Col. John Petkosek, USA, commander for the Asymmetric Warfare Group, threw the ceremonial first pitch. The Asymmetric Warfare Group is a U.S. Army special mission unit headquartered at Fort Meade, Maryland, and created to mitigate various threats with regard to asymmetric warfare. The chapter would like to thank corporate sponsors SW Complete, CDG Advantage, and Nteligen for donating their tickets back to the chapter to give to wound warriors, active duty members and their families. These donations truly made it a special night for everyone attending.
|CENTRAL MARYLAND CHAPTER: Women in Intelligence Group Gets Social|
In August, the chapter's Women In Intelligence Group (WIIG) braved stormy weather to enjoy a very successful WIIG social hosted by Prime Solutions and Tensley Consulting. The group enjoyed appetizers and libations at Union Jack's in Columbia, Maryland, while networking and enjoying the good company. Highlights included the raffling off of “Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High,” the group's next Book Club selection. Two gift certificates to Union Jack's were also included in the raffle. Proceeds from the highly successful event contributed to the Dream Scholarship fund, which provides a scholarship opportunity to a female high school senior interested in science or engineering. Truly, a good time was had by all!
|CENTRAL MARYLAND CHAPTER: WIIG Spring Speaker Event|
In April, the chapter's Women in Intelligence Group (WIIG) held its Spring Speaker event featuring guest speakers Dr. Deborah Frincke, associate director for education and training, National Security Agency/Central Security Service; Dawn Meyerriecks, deputy director for science and technology, CIA; and Christina Monaco, deputy director, Office of Corporate Communications, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Nearly 100 industry representatives attended the event, hosted by Raytheon, with the topic "Leadership Toolbox." The speakers' candid discussions surrounding the tools necessary for leadership was clearly impactful to those in attendance. As one attendee stated, "It is wonderful to attend events with very powerful, highly respected women and know that they have faced and continue to face the challenges each of us do on a daily basis. Hearing their stories (professional and personal) and what they were able to accomplish even though they face daily challenges is an inspiration." Another attendee indicated, "The speakers were great, and they really focused on the growth of their career and the challenges they met. As someone in the beginning of my career, I loved hearing about how they handled struggles, and that they truly did face the same decisions many of us do." The WIIG provides a forum for women of all career levels and disciplines to address gender-specific challenges in the workplace, lessons learned and best practices. Through networking events, seminars and education initiatives, the WIIG strives and succeeds in preparing talented women for leadership within the intelligence community.
|CENTRAL MARYLAND CHAPTER: 7th Annual Race for Excellence|
The chapter's 7th Annual Race for Excellence 5K & Fun Run was held in May at Leidos in Columbia, Maryland. The race benefited the AFCEA Central Maryland STEM Scholarship Fund, which provides merit-based college scholarships to local high school seniors. Thanks to the support of the 956 participants, 25 race sponsors, volunteers and many local companies donating their time and resources, the race was able to raise more than $55,000 for the scholarship fund. Sixty-two teams participated this year to compete for the coveted team awards. Tiber Technologies won Fastest Team with its four fastest runners finishing the 5K in a combined 1:34:45. Varen Technologies won Largest Team for the third year in a row with 94 participants in the 5K.
|CENTRAL MARYLAND CHAPTER: 9th Annual Valentines Gala Held|
Ed Grimes, chapter president, and Jennifer Smith, chair of the chapter's Valentine's Gala, hosted the 9th Annual Valentine's Gala at the BWI Airport Marriott in February. Corporate sponsors, government, military and Wounded Warrior guests enjoyed an evening of networking, dancing and meeting new friends.
|CENTRAL MARYLAND CHAPTER: Speaker Highlights Intelligence History|
The chapter held its monthly luncheon in February at Martins Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland, with more than 500 people in attendance. The meeting ensued with Bruce Howard of Synergy ECP, the small business speaker, explaining how the company came up with its name. In the midst of several batman references, Howard pointed out the meaning behind their name and company focus: The increased effectiveness when two or more entities work together—our employees, our customers and improving performance. From the National Cryptologic Museum, Patrick Weadon focused on how the museum uses historical examples in order to justify the existence of the National Security Agency. Since it is challenging to make history exciting, the tour guides do an excellent job of telling stories. For example, during the battle of Midway, agency intelligence assisted bombers in finding four of Japan's aircraft carriers and destroying them in one day. Also, using Enigma code break, their intelligence was able to bend the radio beams that the Germans used to bomb at night, redirecting them to empty cow pastures. Weadon emphasized that these stories were only possible due to the partnerships with the private sector.
|CENTRAL MARYLAND CHAPTER: Government and Small Business Speakers Address Luncheon|
The chapter hosted its January luncheon at Martins Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland, with more than 500 people in attendance. The small business quest speaker was Mark Mykintyshyn, Ph.D., executive chairman of Tangilble Security. The company was founded in 1998 as an application development company with a mission to deliver complex information technology solutions. As of 2014, Tangible has increased its reach into vital commercial markets such as financial, manufacturing, retail, healthcare and more. They have also expanded such capabilities as security operations; secure development life cycle (SDLC); and governance, risk management and compliance (GRC) services. While focusing on its future, Tangible has had a clear vision as a trusted partner to federal and corporate clients—a future in which the firm is dedicated to being the forefront of cybersecurity innovation, insight and intelligent growth. Anne Newberger, who has served as the director, National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/NSS) Commercial Solutions Center (NCSC) was the government speaker. The center was created in 2005 to leverage commercial relationships and to work with foreign, intelligence community and Defense Department partners to address the strategic and sensitive needs of NSA/CSS and the national security community. They have several objectives but the one that has been in the forefront of the news has been communication and transparency. With the media leaks that have occurred over the last year, it has hurt the reputation of the NSA, and they have strived to create an environment of trust via disclosures and transparency. Newberger articulated this by saying, “Explaining why and how shared spaces such as Yahoo, Google, etcetera are used to protect the U.S. while keeping civil liberties in check. By partnering with public and private sectors, they continually strive to develop signatures with internet providers, identify threats that cross multiple products, and work with other companies to update best practices in order to ensure security.”
|CENTRAL MARYLAND CHAPTER: WIIG Hosts Book Club|
The chapter's Women in Intelligence Group (WIIG) held another successful book club in January at Proteus Engineering. The event once again gathered together women in the intelligence community to share their insights, thoughts and feelings about “Daring Greatly” by Brene Brown. The book club meets quarterly, and the book selection for the upcoming April book club is “Good to Great” by Jim Collins. The WIIG is especially interested in this recommended read from Cynthia Miller, chief of staff, Information Assurance Directorate, who made the recommendation at WIIG's 2013 Fall Speaker Event.
|CENTRAL MARYLAND CHAPTER: Women in Intelligence Group Social Held|
The chapter's Women in Intelligence Group (WIIG) held its February social at the offices of host Varen Technologies, a chapter Silver Sponsor. As always, a great deal of networking and career discussions took place between the attendees who enjoyed food and beverage supplied by Varen.
|CENTRAL MARYLAND CHAPTER: Down the APT Rabbit Hole|
At the chapter's Technology Over Bagels event in January, Ned Moran, senior malware researcher at FireEye, presented data collected from a recent advanced persistent threat (APT) investigation, which suggested that a Brazilian security company was engaged in targeted attack operations. Further investigation revealed that this company was in fact engaged in legitimate penetration testing against paying customers. The lessons learned from this experience is that careful and patient research is required during an investigation. The chapter thanks Sotera Defense Solutions for serving as the Technology Over Bagels Advocate for 2013!
|CENTRAL MARYLAND CHAPTER: Women in Intelligence Group Engages Across the Community|
The Women in the Intelligence Group (WIIG) socials continue to expand their reach within the local chapter community with events hosted at various company headquarters. The community has been very excited by this aspect of moving the WIIG Social locations around the community. It allows for more people to participate in these events and introduces WIIG members to different parts of the community, said Colleen Dilly, vice president of WIIG. WIIG Social sponsors have the opportunity to host an event at a local restaurant or at their company headquarters. Most recently, WIIG Holiday Social sponsor InfoTek chose to showcase their offices and networking with the company's staff and executives by hosting the social at their location in December. The crowd is always different with many new participants joining returning guests, who all shared in the wonderful food and drink made available through InfoTek's support. The growth in the program is attributed to a strong word of mouth combined with a very active social media component. The event networking revealed there are many other WIIG programs attendees are interested in. From the Book Club to the Speaker Series, the networking provided the opportunity for all to share their experiences in these additional programs with other WIIG members. Many of the participants at the Holiday Social at InfoTek shared that being part of the WIIG team for the chapter 5K is being added to their New Year's resolutions. For more information on the next WIIG social sponsored by Varen Technologies or other WIIG events, please visit www.afceacmd.org. Photos courtesy of John Garcia.
|CENTRAL MARYLAND CHAPTER: Women in Intelligence Group Hosts Fall Speaker Event|
The chapter's Women in Intelligence Group (WIIG) Fall Speakers event was held in November and hosted by Lockheed Martin. This was a sold out event with more than 100 women and men registered for the two-hour Women and Leadership event. Guest panel speakers included Jennifer Augustine, vice director of manpower, personnel and security, Defense Information Systems Agency; Diane Dunshee, BA6 Program Executive Office; Cynthia Miller, chief of staff, Information Assurance Directorate; and Tina Kuhn, vice president, Northrop Grumman Cyber Solution Division, Defense Solutions Business Unit. Jenny Smith, director of business growth and execution for Raytheon, moderated the panel. Smith led discussion on Women and Leadership, and the discussion covered a number of topics, including professional growth and the ascension to a leadership role; what it means to be a leader; mentorship and the role both men and women had in each of their successes; and managing work responsibilities with home-life expectations. In addition to personal narratives covering the topics above, each of the speakers provided their recommended “must read: on leadership. Augustine recommends “Primal Leadership: Unleashing the Power of Emotional Intelligence” by Daniel Goleman; Dunshee recommends “An Accidental Athlete: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Middle Age” by John Bingham; Miller recommends “Good to Great” by Jim Collins; and Khun recommends “Presenting to Win: The Art of Telling Your Story” by Jerry Weissmann.
|CENTRAL MARYLAND CHAPTER: General on Understanding Cybersecurity|
The chapter held its October luncheon at Martins Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland. Sherri Ramsey with CyberPoint was the small business speaker who spoke to her company's innovative and leading edge solutions and services concerning cybersecurity. Not only do they put their research into their products, but they also have a commitment to the community. Continuing on the topic of cybersecurity, the government speaker, Maj. Gen. Jennifer Napper, USA, chief of J-5, U.S. Cyber Command, led with the need to have collaboration between the people who understand the bad guys and the people who secure the network. Defensible architecture needs to be in place to lock down the information that needs to be protected. Since cyberthreat has become one of the most serious economic and national security challenges facing the United States, she emphasized the need for more youth awareness and involvement in information assurance via universities and Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The chapter also announced the winners of the Presidents Cup, including the Flight A Winner & Presidents Cup: SAIC; Flight B Winner: Wavestrike; Flight C Winner: Primes Solutions; Flight D Winner: GANTECH; Federal Flight E Winner: Clarity Business Solution; and Flight F Winner: Miles and Strikebridge. Allison Eyre from Eyre Bus also received a coin for providing transportation for the Cycle for STEM scholarship fundraiser for AFCEA International.
|CENTRAL MARYLAND CHAPTER: NSA Speaker on Media Leaks|
In September, the chapter hosted a luncheon featuring Rick Ledgett, special assistant to National Security Agency (NSA) Director Gen. Keith Alexander, USA, for media leaks. Although there is a global network that everyone shares, the NSA's mission is to gather foreign intelligence and to protect the United States from foreign intelligence—not to spy on Americans, emphasized Ledgett. With many half-truths floating around in the media, Ledgett has been working with director of national intelligence and the White House to open up a national dialogue. The chapter's small business speaker, Robert Stevens, vice president of Elevi, concentrated his talk on doing more with less. Essentially, its company motto: Maximizing the “know” and “how” by using a suite of tools that leverages technology.
|CENTRAL MARYLAND CHAPTER: Networking Event Connects Women in Intelligence|
The Women in Intelligence Group (WIIG) Social events continue to grow by bringing in new participants and sponsors to chapter programs. In October, more than 50 professionals who support the mission in and around Fort Meade gathered to share food, beverages and camaraderie even with the federal government shutdown. With the sponsorship of Bridges Consulting, the event attendees enjoyed great food and beverages at Union Jacks in Columbia Maryland. While many of the attendees were current and long time members of the WIIG, almost half of the attendees were new to any AFCEA program. “I'm new to AFCEA, and I got a lot out of speaking with the attendees last night. I really like the ideas behind the WIIG and will be attending more events in the coming months,” said Nora Humm, chief operating officer/comptroller, The Tabis Group. Many of the new members were excited by renewing former relationships and connected with other women who work on similar programs or in similar companies who they had not had a chance to network with before. Outreach to professional women in the community has bolstered many of the WIIG programs. The Women in Intelligence community members enjoy the variety of programs offered from the book club and social events to the speaker series. Several of the attendees at the social event last evening had participated in the most recent WIIG Book Club in September. So far this year, there have been a total of four WIIG Social events, which have been sponsored by Lockheed Martin, GANTECH Federal, DK Consulting and Minerva Engineering. The social events occur every other month with the next event on December 3 sponsored by InfoTek followed by the first event of 2014 on February 4 sponsored by Varen Technologies. Exciting lists of potential sponsors have already step forward to host the remaining WIIG Social events for the year.
|CENTRAL MARYLAND CHAPTER: Lifetime Members Recognized|
The chapter was proud to give out two Lifetime Membership awards to Maj. Joseph Smail, USA, and Jennifer Havermann with Raytheon at its September luncheon.
|CENTRAL MARYLAND CHAPTER: Women in Intelligence Group Social Held|
The chapter's Women in Intelligence Group (WIIG) hosted a networking social at Union Jacks in Columbia, Maryland, in August. More than 70 women and men registered to network and socialize with other members of the intelligence community, including those from the government sector. Attendees spent time with colleagues and made new connections over lite fare and drinks thanks to the generosity of the sponsor Lockheed Martin. The chapter's WIIG provides a forum for women of all career levels and disciplines to address gender-specific challenges in the workplace, lessons-learned and best practices. Through networking events, seminars and education initiatives, the WIIG works especially hard at preparing talented women for leadership within the intelligence community. For more information on the WIIG or its upcoming events, please visit www.afceacmd.org.
|CENTRAL MARYLAND CHAPTER: Chapter Rewards Schools, Teachers and Students|
The chapter hosted its awards night in May at Martins Crosswinds in Maryland with more than 350 attendees. A culmination of the members' tireless work and dedication to raise money throughout the year to reward schools, teachers and students for their achievements, the chapter kicked off the event with a presentation from Dr. Robert Young, cybersecurity and information technology specialist, Defense Information Assurance Program, Office of the Secretary of Defense. Banking fraud, socializing, identity theft and online stalking peppered with humorous tales from his personal experience kept the audience in stitches as Young explained, “What you don't know online can hurt you.”
Prestigious scholarships were awarded to several students from local schools, including Keenan Albee (Franklin High School); Weston Carvalho (Winters Mill High School); Kathleen Cooley (Broadneck High School); Kendra Graham (Atholton High School); Micah Jaffe (Science & Mathematics Academy at Aberdeen High School); Peter Kruse (Mount Hebron High School); Rebecca Mount (Archbishop Spalding High School); Karl Schmidt (Mount Hebron High School); Thomas Stefany (South River High School); Charles Parker (Eastern Technical High School); Blair Chisholm (Atholton High School); Gabriella Farley (River High School); Jamilyah Daiyaan (Perry Hall High School); Jenny Wagner (Meade High School); Tyler Ruff (Atholton High School); Joseph Peterson (Reservoir High School); and Evan McCarter (Catonsville High School).
The chapter also presented Teacher Toolkits to Archbishop Spalding High School and River Hill High School. Archbishop Spaulding High School, Oakland Mills High School, Patuxent Valley Middle School and Saint John the Evangelist were the recipients of the Adopt-A-School Program. The chapter thanked everyone who made the night possible so that the chapter can continue to provide support to the community.
|CENTRAL MARYLAND CHAPTER: Annual Race for Excellence Raises Scholarship Funds|
The chapter's 6th Annual Race For Excellence 5k and 1-Mile Fun Run kicked off in April in front of SAIC's Cyber Innovation Center in Columbia, Maryland. The race benefited the chapter's Scholarship Fund, which provides merit-based college scholarships to deserving local high-school students. The race was truly a community event, supported by more than 30 companies and local vendors. D.J. Brett Skinner excited the crowd with motivating music and complimentary messages, and Zumba dance routines helped get the bodies moving and the muscles warmed up. Face painting was a hit, as usual, for people of all ages, including the adults. Eggspectation provided on-site complementary breakfast, which spectators and runners alike were able to enjoy. The after party, held at Nottinghams in Columbia, Maryland, boasted a kids' room with balloon animals, a photo booth and a Pirate entertainer. Music, door prizes, raffles, and complimentary beverages and food added to the fundraisers festivities. The fastest team was Northrop Grumman with a combined time of 1:55:34.9 through the first five finishers. Other race results included the largest team, Varen Technologies with 96 participants; and fastest finisher, James Fisher, 22, of Millersville, Maryland, with a time of 17:53.0. There were 1,044 total runners registered making up 67 teams, and the event raised $59,500 for the chapter's scholarship program.
|CENTRAL MARYLAND CHAPTER: Women in Intelligence Speaker Event|
Teresa Shea, signals intelligence director, National Security Agency, and Debora Plunkett, information assurance director, National Security Agency, were the guest speakers for the chapter's Women in Intelligence Group (WIIG) Spring Speakers event in April. Nearly 125 women and men attended the event at Northrop Grumman IS facilities, where Jennifer Havermann, director of cyber programs, Raytheon AST, moderated the discussion, “Leadership Strategies for Surviving and Thriving in Times of Fundamental Change.” Both Shea and Plunkett spoke to industry needs and personal philosophies in the workplace. Industry needs were a hot topic, and Shea expressed the need for improved information sharing—a collaboration space for information as well as people. Additionally, she encouraged those in attendance who believed they had a solution for improving information sharing to continue to “push that information up.” Plunkett indicated her organization was focused on increasing the use of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) products, and their mantra was “Automation, Integration and Commercialization.” Personal philosophies on what soft skills are necessary to achieve success ranged from Plunkett's affirmation of her belief that you cannot “rely on just one tool, you need an entire toolkit” to be effective, to Shea's assertion that “it's not all about us all the time” and her reminder that, “we all need to work on getting our people out into the community to ascertain needs to help us achieve understanding and therefore success. At the end of the day, you just gotta role up your sleeves and do the hard work.” The chapter's WIIG provides a forum for women of all career levels and disciplines to address gender-specific challenges in the workplace, lessons-learned and best practices. Through networking events, seminars and education initiatives, the WIIG works especially hard at preparing talented women for leadership within the intelligence community. If you would like more information on the WIIG, please visit www.afceacmd.org.
|CENTRAL MARYLAND CHAPTER: Industry and Government Perspective Presented|
In April, the chapter held its monthly luncheon at Martins Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland, with more than 500 people in attendance. The small business speaker was Art Wilson, vice president, Tresys Technology, who spoke primarily on how his company has grown while servicing the government community. Dr. Deborah Frincke, deputy director of research at the National Security Agency, was the government speaker. She wowed the audience with a little peek into some of the projects the research department has been working on and what it hopes to work on in the future. Before her question and answer session at the end of her talk, she encouraged the audience to reach out to their department with ideas and strategies that may help further current and/or future research.
|CENTRAL MARYLAND CHAPTER: Outstanding Members Recognized|
In April, the chapter recognized several members and volunteers for their outstanding efforts in support of AFCEA. Jennifer Kauffman, chapter president, recognized Jen Jones, chapter treasurer, with a gift certificate of appreciation for her years of service in her role. In addition, the chapter recognized its “Unsung Heroes.” Each year, the chapter takes nominees of fellow members who volunteer and help the chapter in its events, programs, fundraising or socials. Kauffman recognized three members who have gone beyond the call of volunteering and helping the chapter to be successful. The winners were Han Harris of Orbital Sciences Corporations, Kathleen Berganski of SAIC and Charlie Brown of CH Brown Consulting. Lastly, Bill Dunahoo, regional vice president, swore in the chapter's new officers for 2013-2014 at the luncheon held at Martins Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland.
|CENTRAL MARYLAND CHAPTER: Speaker on Cyber Command Operations|
The chapter held its March luncheon at Martins Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland, with approximately 500 in attendance. Maj. Gen. Brett T. Williams, USAF, director of operations, J-3, U.S. Cyber Command, Fort Meade, Maryland, served as the government speaker. His presentation focused primarily on preserving the ability to move freely in cyberspace and bridging the gap of understanding between operations and communications. Greg Foley, president of Ops Consulting, was the small business speaker of the month and articulated the fine line between success and failure. In addition, Jennifer Kauffman, chapter president, presented the AFCEA International Meritorious Award for Service to the Intelligence Community to Marilyn Vacca, Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
|CENTRAL MARYLAND CHAPTER: Award Winners Recognized|
The chapter held its monthly luncheon at Martin's Crosswinds in February with approximately 500 people in attendance. During the event, the chapter celebrated several of its outstanding members. Nik Acheson received the Distinguished Young AFCEAN Award; AFCEA International recognized Jennifer Kauffman as the AFCEAN of the Month; and Zac Miller was awarded the AFCEA International Cyber Scholarship; and the chapter received the Young AFCEAN Program Award for 2012. The chapter congratulated Acheson, Kauffman and Miller on all their achievements. In addition, the event featured Brian Walsh, chief technology officer for Interclypse, as the small business speaker followed by Maj. Gen. Mark Perrin, USAF, deputy director, Signals Intelligence Directorate (SID), National Security Agency. Gen. Perrin's primary target was the innovation of the SID mission in order to attract and maintain talent in the industry.
|CENTRAL MARYLAND CHAPTER: Annual Valentines Gala Draws a Crowd|
In February, the chapter hosted its 8th Annual Valentine's Gala at the Marriott BWI location. Approximately 570 people attended and were seated in the ballroom. The welcome ceremony kicked off at 7:30 p.m., and in addition to the traditional tribute to prisoner of war/missing in action soldiers, the chapter led a special moment of silence for Gen. John E. Morrison, USAF (Ret.), who passed away in January at the age of 94. Gen. Morrison was known as “the singing general,” and he had graced the chapter for years singing the national anthem and other musical numbers, and blessing the attendees with his infectious presence. He will be missed. The chapter's guest speaker, Rob Joyce, deputy director, Information Assurance Directorate (IAD), entertained the guests with a talk concerning the innovative technologies hitting the cellular market. On behalf of the director of the National Security Agency, the IAD is the focal point for cryptography, telecommunications system security and information systems security for all national security systems. That being said, the focal point of his talk, which was lined with humor, was keeping up with today's technology while developing tools that ensure national security. After a delicious meal, the dancing began with the entertainment provided by Black Tie. It was truly an enjoyable evening.
|CENTRAL MARYLAND CHAPTER: Event Highlights Women in Intelligence|
The chapter's Women in Intelligence Group (WIIG) hosted a networking social at Nottinghams in Columbia, Maryland, in March. More than 65 women and men attended to network and socialize with other members of the intelligence community, including representatives from AFCEA International. Fred Rainbow, executive director of the AFCEA Educational Foundation, commented, “I was impressed with the AFCEA members who attended and the energy level in the room. The Central Maryland Chapter is moving out smartly on many fronts, and the Women In Intelligence clearly is off to a great start." Attendees spent time with colleagues and made new connections over lite fare and drinks thanks to the generosity of sponsors Minerva Engineering and DK Consulting. The chapter was very impressed and pleased to see so many women leaders from the community in attendance at the WIIG happy hour. Having such a diverse group of leaders from the government and industry, large and small businesses to include executives, program managers, technical leads and business leaders, provided for significant networking, collaboration and follow-up opportunities for the attendees, said Rosemary Budd, director, strategic programs, Lockheed Martin IS&GS National. The chapter's WIIG provides a forum for women of all career levels and disciplines to address gender-specific challenges in the work place, lessons learned and best practices. Through networking events, seminars and education initiatives, the WIIG works especially hard at preparing talented women for leadership within the intelligence community. If you would like more information on the WIIG, please visit www.afceacmd.org.
|CENTRAL MARYLAND CHAPTER: Speakers Represent Government and Small Business|
The chapter's January luncheon hosted at Martins Crosswinds, Greenbelt, Maryland, had approximately 550 people in attendance. Rear Adm. David G. Simpson, USN, vice director of the Defense Information Systems Agency, served as the government guest speaker with Mia Milett, president of GANTECH Federal, as the small business guest speaker. The chapter's Young AFCEANs (YACs) also presented the semi-annual YAC award to John Foster, Fearless.
|CENTRAL MARYLAND CHAPTER: Bull and Oyster Roast Raises Scholarship Funds|
The chapter hosted its 8th annual Bull & Oyster Roast in November. More than 500 chapter members, guests and volunteers gathered for games, food, prizes and even line dancing. Donning cowboy boots and spurs, these guests enjoyed the event's Western theme at La Fontaine Bleu in Glen Burnie, Maryland, where the Bull & Oyster Roast has been hosted for many years running. The event brought in more than $40,000 for the chapter's Scholarship Fund, gained through table sponsorships, ticket sales, the Silent Auction, the Northrop Grumman-sponsored Game Wheels, the Sotera Defense-sponsored Trip Raffle and 50/50 Raffle. The next Bull & Oyster Roast will be on November 2, 2013.
|CENTRAL MARYLAND CHAPTER: Panel Shares Leadership Strategies|
The chapter's Women in Intelligence Group (WIIG) hosted the Women in Leadership Speakers Panel in October at Northrop Grumman's Annapolis Junction facility. The theme of the event was “Paradigm Shift: Leadership Strategies for Surviving and Thriving in Times of Fundamental Change.” Nearly 150 attendees heard a distinguished panel of government and industry leaders share their perspectives on the current economy and opportunities for personal and professional growth. Doreen Harwood, chief, BA6, Program Executive Office, Mission Management, Net Centric Capabilities and Analysis and Production, National Security Agency (NSA), chaired the government team, including Lise Mangerie, chief of BA4, contracts management, NSA; Diane Dunshee, deputy program executive officer for analysis and production, NSA; and Diana Keys, NSA, chief of the Cyber Portfolio Management Office in U.S. Cyber Command/J-8, (Capability and Resource Integration Directorate). They addressed change as an opportunity for innovation and stressed the importance of collaboration to adapt to shrinking budgets and increasing technological challenges.
Maureen Baginski, chief executive officer, National Security Partners, led the industry panel, which included Lisa Robertazzi, director of Enterprise Mission Solutions Operating Unit, Northrop Grumman; Rosemary Budd, vice president, TASC; and Cynthia Crutchfield, vice president of intelligence and commercial programs for Oceus Networks. Highlighting creativity and attention to must-have capabilities, the panelists encouraged individuals and companies to prioritize and develop new approaches to adding value efficiently. A question and answer period followed presentations by each speaker, and the event concluded with the mutual benefits of mentoring and leveraging existing strengths for success in reaching government, private and personal goals.