Press Coverage at AFCEA DC Events
AFCEA DC events are open to the public, for both AFCEA members & non-members. Our luncheons, breakfasts, conferences & galas are widely attended by hundreds of individual professionals from government, industry & academia - representing hundreds of companies, commands, and organizations. We come together at AFCEA DC to find an ethical space to learn, communicate, & collaborate around technology & its impact to the Military/Defense/Security Mission of the U.S. Government.
As public events, AFCEA DC events are also open to credentialed members of the press, who attend at no-charge. Press are encouraged to pre-register in advance (and some do), but most of our press attendees are "walk-ins".
Because the audience at our events normally contains hundreds of people, including the possibility of members of the press, comments from the stage should be considered "on-the-record". We are able to share a list of pre-registered press members the day before an event, but not prior to this time, as the registration list for any particular event changes daily. We can always share a list of press that are in attendance after the event, to facilitate communication between government speakers, their staff, Public Affairs Officers (PAOs) and members of the press.
The majority of credentialed press attendees at our events represent trade publications in the information technology or government space. We do have occasional coverage at our conferences from national publications headquartered in Washington, DC or New York, NY (though we normally have a heads-up if they will be in attendance).
Press attendees at AFCEA DC events have most often been from the following news organizations:
- American Forces Press Service
- AOL Government
- Aviation Week (& Space Technology)
- BisNow FedTech
- Bloomberg Government
- Defense Systems
- Federal Times
- Federal News Radio
- Federal Computer Week
- Fierce Government IT / Fierce Markets
- Government Computer News
- Government Executive Magazine
- Inside the Pentagon / InsideDefense
- National Defense Magazine
As a nonprofit organization that has ethics at the core of our mission, AFCEA DC values the role that "press" plays in a free society. The blood that our service members shed protecting America, and the treasure we expend in supporting their operations, includes a vigorous defense of the 1st Amendment: "...freedom of speech... of the press... [and] the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government ". These freedoms are foundational for our Nation, and their absence quite often defines our enemies.