Air Force announces Information Technology & Cyberpower Conference 2020

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  • By Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs
The Air Force will host the Air Force Information Technology and Cyberpower conference virtually August 24–27.

The annual conference promotes dialogue between the Air Force, industry and academia to generate strategies and processes to leverage capabilities and overcome challenges in an increasingly digital world.

“This year’s theme is Multi Domain Effects … Integrating Data and Digital – something we feel very strongly about in the Air Force right now considering a dispersed workforce due to (the COVID-19 pandemic) and the all-domain challenges in a joint operating environment,” said A.G. Hatcher Jr., acting deputy chief information officer.

The conference will continue the tradition of bringing together cyberspace and information technology professionals in government, academia and industry.

“We will have a combination of live and recorded keynote addresses, panels and breakout sessions,” he explained. “What better way to showcase the ’IT’ in AFITC!”

Rich Aldridge, Business and Enterprise Systems program executive officer, added that safety is a primary concern due to the virus.

“Although we are disappointed that we cannot host an in-person conference this year, a virtual conference brings a lot of exciting opportunities,” he said. “All the content Mr. Hatcher highlights, to include virtual vendor booths, will be available online for a couple of months.”

Units will be able to tailor their training events and create their own AFITC experience to meet their specific needs.

“This will provide flexibility and a greater number of participants than in past conferences,” he explained.

This year’s theme is part of the ‘The Digital Enterprise We Need,’ campaign and includes several major topics:

• Cyber Acquisitions
• Cyber Operations
• Cyber Policy & Strategy
• Data and Artificial Intelligence
• Cyber Doctrine
• Joint All-Domain Command and Control and Advanced Battle Management System
• Multi-Domain Effects

“We are excited to use the new technological capabilities and look forward to an exciting agenda around our theme,” Hatcher said.

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