How to Apply for the AFCEA Intelligence Committee

If you’re engaged in the business of intelligence, you’re likely aware of (and already registered for) an annual highlight in that world, the AFCEA/INSA Intelligence and National Security Summit, this year a virtual event on September 16/17. Stellar lineup as always, but typically invisible is the behind-the-scenes work in preparation, done by staff and volunteer members of INSA and the AFCEA Intelligence Committee. Monday August 10, 2020 (update – extended from Friday August 7) is the deadline for annual new applications to join that prestigious AFCEA International Intelligence Committee, a premier outside body of experts and insiders, government officials and business/academic leaders, who oversee the intelligence-related activities of the 32,000+ member Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association.

Private-sector applicants for four-year terms can apply at this link. (Hurry! You have only till midnight August 10.)  You can easily fill out the simple online application in less than an hour, not burdensome – no college transcripts required 🙂

Where else in DC can you engage with Elon MuskJeff Bezos, and hackathons on national security? My own tenure on the Committee has been fantastically fun and enlightening – and I hope helpful to AFCEA and the government agencies we advise and support. When I joined, our Committee’s Chair was the IC legend Maureen “Mo” Baginski, career NSA and FBI senior leader; and I’ve been honored to serve as vice-chair to her two successors in that seat, former DIA Director VADM Jake Jacoby, and current chair former head of Army Intelligence LTG Bob Noonan. Leaders from the world’s biggest defense/intelligence contractors are members, as well as successful startup leaders in the nat-sec space. We benefit from active emeritus members who continue to participate like CIA’s legendary Charlie Allen and the world’s preeminent scholar of intelligence Mark “Jeopardy Champion” Lowenthal.

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You must have an active TS/SCI clearance, as many of our activities and conferences are classified – we’re even planning fully virtual classified events this winter. And the application weighs heavily on your career track record, so we encourage recently retired senior civilian leaders and military members as well to apply.. We especially encourage applicants diverse in origin, gender, race, background, skills, and outlook —to reflect the nation as a whole and the diversity of the intelligence mission itself, and to break chains of old thinking and get crackling new ideas on tomorrow’s most significant topics.  

In considering applicants during the selection process, these are the primary precepts we keep in mind when we consider applicants:
(1) Would the candidate further Committee efforts to build bridges between industry and the government/military? And have the contacts to do so?
(2) Would the candidate enhance AFCEA’s reputation with the Intelligence Community and the Department of Defense?
(3) Would the candidate likely be someone willing to actively engage with the Committee and help advance its goals?
(4) Would the candidate further thought leadership and innovation within AFCEA, to include involvement with other AFCEA Committee efforts?

When I was elected not long after leaving government service and going back to the tech industry, I wrote here about the Committee’s history and prominence, and that I was “honored to be elected” to this “prestigious collection of some of the smartest minds in that field.” I was tempted to respond then with William F. Buckley’s great line from his quixotic and unsuccessful Mayoral campaign in New York City in 1965, when he was asked what his first act would be if elected: “Demand a recount!

Once again, here’s that link to the application site. Good luck!

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