Much like the core themes of last year, AFCEA’s TechNet Asia-Pacific 2016 will focus heavily on cybersecurity. With new threats continuing to emerge in the region – often steeped in regional disputes and other complexities – the need for expanded cyber capabilities to counter efforts by nation-states and hackers will be a core priority.

For example, as Signal Magazine recently highlighted, the U.S. Army has changed its strategy to focus toward training smaller expeditionary units to react to crises in Asia. The main need behind this shift is to be able to quickly and effectively adapt to events such natural disasters, war and other humanitarian needs.

This all ties back to the U.S. Army recently launching pilot programs to bring sophisticated offensive and defensive cyber operations into these tactical units. The combination of bringing cyber to the forefront in highly trained units will be examined at this year’s conference.

From Mr. Terry Halvorsen, Department of Defense Chief Information Officer, to Mr. Randall C. Cieslak, Chief Information Officer of the U.S. Pacific Command, there will be a wide-range of senior defense leadership who will be discussing challenges and opportunities in the region.

In addition, a number of industry players will be on-hand, which include Juniper Networks, Oracle and Affigent.  As we have seen with other global regions, industry will continue to play a significant role in helping the Department of Defense to meet and exceed key mission goals and requirements in the Asia-Pacific rim.

As the region continues to grapple with emerging challenges, AFCEA’s TechNet Asia-Pacific will always be the key event for gathering defense leaders, academia and industry to find ways to best work together to keep our military successful in this vast and rapidly changing region.