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AFCEA International
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PredecessorArmy Signal Association

AFCEA International, established in 1946, is a non-profit membership association serving the military, government, industry and academia as a forum for advancing professional knowledge and relationships in the fields of communications, information technology, intelligence and security. AFCEA connects people, ideas, and solutions for global security by providing an ethical forum for military, government, academic and industry communities to collaborate. AFCEA supports local chapters, sponsors events, publishes SIGNAL Magazine, promotes STEM education and provides member benefits. AFCEA has more than 30,000 members.[1]

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Following the American Civil War, the United States Veterans Signal Association was formed from the original Signal Corps established under Maj. Albert J. Myer of the U.S. Army.

This organization was active for many years, ultimately being augmented by veterans from the Spanish–American War and World War I. The American Signal Corps Association, another World War I group, merged with the U.S. Veterans Signal Association in 1918 and was active until 1944 (World War II).

In May 1946, Maj. Gen. Harry C. Ingles, Brig. Gen. David Sarnoff, and a number of industry leaders joined to found the Army Signal Association, absorbing the remaining chapters of its predecessors.

In 1947, the name was changed to the Armed Forces Communications Association, and in 1954 the name evolved as the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association. In 1979, the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association became international with the establishment of chapters in Europe, Asia and Canada. In 2018, the name was shortened to AFCEA International.

SIGNAL Magazine

SIGNAL is a monthly international news magazine targeting government, military and industry professionals active in the information technology and intelligence fields. The magazine was started in 1946.[2] Among the topics covered in the magazine are command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR); information security; cybersecurity; research and development; electronics; and homeland security.

Online publications

A monthly online newsletter, SIGNAL Connections,[3] is emailed mid-month to members. AFCEA’s online directories include the corporate member directory,[4] which provides access to detailed information about the companies that support AFCEA. In addition, information in this directory also is available according to corporate focus categories in the Cybersecurity, Intelligence, Health IT, Education and Homeland Security directories. Organizations provide the information in these online publications, including contacts, business focus, products/services, and/or clients.

AFCEA is involved in additional communications technologies, including webinars, podcasts, blogs, and RSS Feeds. AFCEA has a presence in social media platforms including LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.[5]


The association, in partnership with the AFCEA Educational Foundation, chapters and members, presents $2 million annually in scholarships, grants and awards in six categories: college students with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors; current and future teachers of STEM subjects in U.S. middle and high schools; underserved/minority college students studying STEM fields; students in fields related to security such as intelligence, cyber and homeland security; ROTC cadets/midshipmen and military personnel; and students attending the five service academies and other military educational institutions.[6]

Professional Development Center

AFCEA’s Professional Development provides a wide range of programs of continuing education, leadership development and technical training courses. Courses are available for presentation on-site at organizations' facilities.[7] In addition, some sessions at AFCEA conferences and chapter events qualify as continuing education to maintain cybersecurity certifications.[8]

The association also has partnerships with several higher education institutions that offer members discounts on tuition both in the classroom and online.[9]

Women in STEM

AFCEA helps women advance their careers through leadership development, education, events, mentor support, awards and networking. Women who participate in the association's and chapters' activities and events gain new skills, engage with experienced professionals in the IT and intelligence fields, and build lasting relationships to help them excel in cyber, defense, intelligence and homeland security as well as related technical fields.[10]

Early Career Professionals and Students

Whether individuals need training, leadership experience or mentors to help them grow professionally, the association a logical places to start. Young professionals and students can take advantage of opportunities to increase contacts and job prospects, receive recognition, participate in activities of interest to people 40 years of age and younger, and serve in leadership positions within their chapters and the international organization.

The Emerging Professionals in Intelligence Committee develops leaders, establishes connections and gives back to the Intelligence Community. It enables young professionals to learn about the various aspects in this specialty field.[11]

Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs

Through the Small Business Committee and several focused events, the association provides strategies and programs that ensure small businesses can form partnerships, join teams and capture new opportunities. Expertise is shared about business processes, upcoming contracts and marketing.[12]


AFCEA has 130 chapters and sub-chapters around the world to provide professional education and networking opportunities. Most hold monthly meetings to exchange ideas about communications, intelligence, cybersecurity and information systems technologies. Nearly one-half of AFCEA’s chapters conduct symposia and seminars in addition to other chapter activities. Individual chapters provide college scholarships, fund classroom equipment and mentor students in science fairs and technology clubs.[13]


AFCEA conferences offer problem-solving opportunities to C4ISR, intelligence, cybersecurity, homeland security and information technology professionals through exhibits, technical panels and speakers.[14] Events include:

  • West Conference and Exposition, San Diego, California
  • TechNet Indo-Pacific Conference and Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • AFCEA/George Mason University Symposium, Fairfax, Virginia
  • Homeland Security Conference, Washington, D.C.
  • TechNet Tokyo, March, Tokyo, Japan
  • Intelligence Symposia, Washington, D.C.
  • TechNet Augusta, Augusta, Georgia
  • TechNet Cyber, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Classified intelligence events and industry days, various locations
  • TechNet conferences and expositions in various European locations
  • Chapter meetings, technical panels and symposia, various locations


  1. ^ AFCEA International website
  2. ^ "About SIGNAL". AFCEA. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
  3. ^ "SIGNAL Connections". SIGNAL Connections. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  4. ^ "Corporate Member Directory". AFCEA Corporate Directories. March 22, 2019. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  5. ^ "Social Media". AFCEA. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  6. ^ "Educational Foundation". AFCEA International. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  7. ^ "On-site courses". AFCEA. March 22, 2019. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  8. ^ "Continuing Education". AFCEA. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  9. ^ "Preferred Providers". AFCEAs. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  10. ^ "Women in AFCEA". Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  11. ^ "Young AFCEANs". AFCEA. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  12. ^ "Small Business". AFCEA. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  13. ^ "Chapters". hAFCEA. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  14. ^ "Events Catalog". AFCEA. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
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