Symposium Supports Military's Transition to JIE

AFCEA: Government and industry meet to discuss the way forward for the information environment leaders call a military imperative.

May 01, 2014, 08:00 ET from AFCEA International

FAIRFAX, Va., May 1, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, USA, views the Joint Information Environment (JIE) "among the first concrete changes along the path to constructing Joint Force 2020." Gen. Dempsey envisions this new data-centric—rather than network-centric—approach as a way to improve military mission effectiveness, combat persistent interoperability challenges, improve cybersecurity and enable commanders to blend the art of command with the science of control.

To help realize this vision for the JIE, AFCEA International is bringing together senior leaders from the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), the military services, government and industry at the JIE Mission Partner Symposium (, May 12-14 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Maryland.

DISA is responsible for the technical aspects of the JIE and leads the JIE Technical Synchronization Office. The agency is participating in this symposium to encourage dialogue and increase outreach between government and industry partners regarding the critical mission of transition to the JIE. A DISA Mission Partnership Conference will not be held in 2014.

Lt. Gen. Ronnie D. Hawkins Jr., USAF, director, DISA, the luncheon keynote speaker on May 12, will talk about the agency's priorities and alignment with the JIE as work progresses.

Panel sessions will feature discussions about chief technology officers' perspectives as well as combatant commands and agencies partnerships. In addition, David L. De Vries, deputy chief information officer for information enterprise, U.S. Defense Department, will lead an industry panel, and Maj. Gen. Alan R. Lynn, USA, vice director, DISA, will moderate experts discussing his agency as it relates to JIE development.

Concurrent theater sessions will focus on services, security, infrastructure, mission partners and information assurance, allowing participants to dig deeper into their primary work and solutions areas. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to express their insights during the informal DISA Industry Outreach session called "Meet the Seniors" on May 14.

The JIE Mission Partner Symposium also offers the opportunity to obtain continuing education units ( to maintain DoD 8670.01-M credentials by attending select panel and theater sessions.

Additional JIE Mission Partner Symposium details and registration is available online. SIGNAL Media coverage of the event will be available online ( and by following #JIE14 on Twitter.

Read more about the Joint Information Environment on SIGNAL Online.

AFCEA International, established in 1946, is a non-profit organization serving its members by providing a forum for the ethical exchange of information and is dedicated to increasing knowledge through the exploration of issues relevant to its members in information technology, communications and electronics for the defense, homeland security and intelligence communities. Membership information is available online (

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