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AFCEA is the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association

Founded in 1946, AFCEA’s roots trace back to the American Civil War. Today, AFCEA serves as a bridge between government requirements and industry capabilities, representing the top government, industry, and military professionals in the fields of information technology, communications, and intelligence.

AFCEA, a non-profit international association, is dedicated to supporting global security by providing an ethical environment that encourages a close cooperative relationship among civil government agencies, the military and industry.

Learn more about who we are by reading the AFCEA bylaws.

AFCEA Members

  • 31,000 members (20,000 individual members; 11,000 corporate associates)
  • 1,592 corporate sponsors

AFCEA’s members, associates and sponsors and associates are among the world’s leading designers, planners, manufacturers, testers and users of systems, services and components for IT, communications, and intelligence.

AFCEA Chapters

Located around the world, AFCEA’s 151 chapters give engineers, programmers, managers, government officials and military personnel continuing opportunities to exchange ideas. AFCEA chapters conduct symposia and seminars in addition to other chapter activities.

SIGNAL Magazine

SIGNAL is a monthly international news magazine serving the critical information needs of government, military and industry professionals active in the fields of command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR); information security; research and development; electronics; and homeland security. The Source Book, published in the January issue, contains the company profiles and contacts of AFCEA's corporate members. It is the who's who of C4ISR and homeland security organizations. The annual Security Directory, published in the February issue, focuses on security solutions and the organizations that provide them.

Online Publications

SIGNAL's companion online newsletter,SIGNAL Connections, is distributed the middle of each month. The e-newsletter bridges the gap between issues of SIGNAL by providing additional news and feature articles about the industry and the Association. SIGNAL's two print directories also have a searchable online format. The Source Book online is a continually updated version of the popular print Source Book, and the Security Directory online includes information about the AFCEA corporate member companies that provide goods and services specifically geared to the security market.

Educational Foundation

The AFCEA Educational Foundation is a tax-exempt organization. It provides annual scholarships, fellowships and awards to students in the "hard" sciences attending the five service academies, ROTC programs, graduate schools and other educational institutions. The Foundation also sponsors awards and prizes for academic excellence in military schools and training institutions of all of the services.

Professional Development Center

AFCEA’s Professional Development Center is operated by the Educational Foundation and offers classified and unclassified courses for government, military and industry professionals in IT, communications, and intelligence.

AFCEA Sponsored Conferences/Symposia

AFCEA conferences offer problem-solving and networking opportunities through exhibits, technical panels, and featured speakers. Decision-makers from around the world attend AFCEA conferences for hands-on demonstrations, question-and-answer sessions and system solutions.

Conferences Include:

  • TechNet International Convention and Exposition, May, Washington, D.C.
  • Western Conference and Exposition, January-February, San Diego, CA
  • TechNet Asia-Pacific Conference and Exposition, November-December, Honolulu, HI
  • Intelligence Symposia, April and October, Washington, D.C.
  • TechNet Europe Symposium and Exposition, October, Various European Locations