I was very pleased to be invited to host a terrific discussion for AFCEA DC yesterday at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington. The chapter’s annual Army luncheon was an update on the Army’s strategic direction for modernizing its network and information technology. The lunch was a bit of a new format for AFCEA DC – it started with a one-on-one fireside chat with U.S. Army Chief Information Officer/G6, LTG Bruce Crawford. We discussed the Army’s vision for a secure, integrated, standards-based environment that ensures uninterrupted global access and enables collaboration and decisive action throughout all operational phases across all environments. After that, I hosted a panel of leaders from across the Army on “Supporting the Network Path Forward.” Some of the topics included: the tactical path forward; how architecture will support the path forward; and how R&D fits into the path forward. The panel discussion included COL Denise Brown, Office of the Chief Information Officer/G-6; Mike Monteleone, Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC); Mike Padden, Office of the Program Executive Officer-Enterprise Information Systems; and COL Nora Marcos, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff/G6.