Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association’s TechNet 2013


          This past week I had the unique opportunity to attend a Technology Conference called TechNet. TechNet is hosted by an organization called AFCEA (Armed Forces Communications And Electronics Association). The theme of the conference was, “Modernizing for Network 2020 and Beyond:  Empower, Connect, Dominate!” There were many vendors there demoing enterprise technology catering to the Department of Defense. One demo that was popular at the show as you could image is was a war fighter simulation that seem to catch everyone’s eye that was developed by Dell.

While the exhibit floor has many attractions for many, I sat in on one of the keynotes that were going on in the presentation hall. The speaker I happened to sit in on was Lieutenant General Susan S. Lawrence, Chief Information Officer/G-6 United States Army, who gave the morning keynote. Her keynote was based on Network Operational Effectiveness & Security. She spoke the Army of the Future and the direction the Army will be taking through a Networked and Cyber age of Technology. She showed what right looked like as far as a soldier was that was always connected. She mentioned, “…it’s all about staying connected and getting the right information to the right person as soon as possible.” She also spoke about the balance of Enterprise, Business, and Warfighter in relation to Network Operation. After her presentation Chief of Signal Major General LaWarren V. Patterson presented a token of appreciation for speaking and serving our country.

It was an awesome conference and i’d recommend to anyone interested in the DOD or the Army and is a Techy.


Michael Banks 

A Soldier, Photographer, and Developer

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