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Transformation and Operations in Cyberspace (TOPS in Cyberspace) Conference

June 15-16, 2004
Hamilton College
Clinton, NY

The Erie Canal Chapter of the Armed Forces Communication and Electronic Association (AFCEA) and the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) in conjunction with Air Force Research Laboratory's Information Directorate (AFRL/IF) are hosting this conference.

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The Conference is being held in the academic setting of Hamilton College, Clinton, NY on June 15 and 16, 2004, followed by a separate classified session on June 17 held in the secure facilities of AFRL/IF in Rome, NY.

The TOPS in Cyberspace Conference presents technologies supporting the transformation of Cyberspace to effectively operate and defend military and civilian assets and attack criminal and hostile military Cyber elements.


On Tuesday, June 15, the conference begins with a Plenary Session consisting of senior Air Force, Homeland Security, National Institute of Justice, and law enforcement officials addressing their respective Cyberspace needs. Following these operational overviews are examples of military technologies that have or are being transformed into civilian use within the Department of Homeland Security and various law enforcement agencies. Following these examples is a unique presentation on new evolving business models that have been used in this of transformation.

On Wednesday, June 16, there are 3 parallel technical sessions supporting the future Cyberspace systems. The presentations in these sessions highlight the technology needs in a speech given by General Martin, Commander of the Air Force Material Command at the InfoTech Conference held on 23 October 2003. At that Conference, he stated that the military needs:

�� battle space awareness at the touch of a screen� , with ���information � presented in such a way that you can make immediate decisions at the level of your authority�, and ��execute an action that will achieve the discreet effects in near real time.�

  • Session 1, technologies for �Exploitation and Fusion in Cyberspace.�
  • Session 2, technologies for �Management and Command & Control in Cyberspace.�
  • Session 3, technologies for �Defensive Military Operations in Cyberspace.�

On Thursday, June 17, Session 3 is followed by a companion-classified session covering the technologies necessary for conducting �Offensive Military Operations in Cyberspace.� This classified session will be held in the secure facilities of the Air Force Research Laboratory's Information Directorate, Rome, NY.

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Registration information will be available soon on this web site. At that time, Registrations can be made for June 15 and 16, or for June 15, 16, and 17.

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Please contact Nicole Peterson ([email protected]) or (703) 247-9474 with any questions regarding this conference.

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