National tech conference comes to Augusta



Augusta will play host to a three-day conference next week that will bring more than 1,500 decision-makers from public and private industries to the city to discuss how cyber technology is enabling the military to succeed at home and abroad.

With Fort Gordon at the center of the Pen­ta­gon’s cyber intelligence plans, the Inter­national Armed For­ces Communications and Elec­tronics Association will hold its first TechNet Au­gusta conference at the Marriott Conven­tion Center from Sept. 10-12.

“Having been recently ranked second in the nation with regards to the growth of jobs in our technology sector over the past five years, hosting TechNet Augusta will undoubtedly help to underscore all that our community has to offer from a tech perspective,” Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver said in a news release.

In July, the Army said it would increase troop levels at Fort Gordon by 1,600 soldiers in the next two years by consolidating its cyber training operations into a center of excellence at the post.

The goal of the conference and exposition will be engaging key players in the U.S. government, private industry and higher education on developing ways to connect troops through enhanced technology, command and control functions.

Speakers will address a broad range of topics, primarily on the importance of the national network, cyber security issues and training to enable operational forces to modernize and be ready to meet emerging challenges.

More than 140 exhibitors are expected to showcase products and services.

Speakers include:

• Maj. Gen. LaWarren V. Patterson, the commanding general of the U.S. Army Signal Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon

• Lt. Gen. Keith Walker, deputy commanding general, director, Army Capabilities Integration Center

• Gen. Dennis L. Via, commanding general, U.S. Army Material Command

• Lt. Gen. Mark S. Bowman, director, C4/Cyber, Joint Staff J-6

AFCEA was founded at Camp Gordon in 1946 by communicators who wanted to promote the open and ethical exchange of information between public and private sectors during the transition from World War II.

“It makes perfect sense that AFCEA returns to its roots that were founded at Camp Gordon,” said retired Gen. John A. Dubia, the nonprofit organization’s executive vice president.

Exhibits are open to the public, and conference registration is free for military and government personnel. Those from the industrial sector must pay a fee.

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