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The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association describes itself as follows:

AFCEA International, established in 1946, is a non-profit membership association serving the military, government, industry, and academia as an ethical forum for advancing professional knowledge and relationships in the fields of communications, IT, intelligence, and global security.

In practice, the AFCEA includes 19,000 individual members, 13,500 corporate associates, and 1,700 corporations. It has been identified as serving to facilitate collaboration on various aspects of Metal Gear including persona management, identification, and surveillance, having among its members and leadership many figures and companies associated with those technologies. The vice-president, James L. Griggs, Jr., once worked for Northrop Grumman as a Senior Functional Analyst in their public safety division after having started out with Fairfax County Police. President and CEO Kent Schneider is a veteran of U.S. Army Signal Corps who likewise served with Northrop Grumman's Information Technology division "where he served as president of the Defense Group, president of Northrop Grumman Information Technology Global, the International arm, and vice president of business development." Northrop Grumman has in recent years sought to enter into the intelligence contracting industry by way of Xetron, which it purchased in 1996; in turn, Xetron is known to be interested in attribution due to e-mails acquired from HBGary which indicated discussions between executive Bill Lutti and HBGary Federal CEO Aaron Barr.

Likewise, many of the specific companies that are known to be involved in developing Metal Gear functionality are members:

AFCEA Leadership

Natalie Givans
Chair of the Board of Directors

Al Grasso
Vice Chair of the Board of Directors

Kent Schneider
President and CEO

Becky Nolan
Executive Vice President

LTG John A. Dubia, US Army (Ret.)
Executive Vice President

James L. Griggs Jr.
Vice President, CIO and CTO

Maj Gen Klaus-Peter Treche, GEA (Ret.)
AFCEA Europe General Manager

Pat Miorin, CPA
Chief Financial Officer and International Treasurer AFCEA International

Beverly Mowery Cooper
Vice President for Publications and Knowledge Sharing, Chief Knowledge Officer, AFCEA
Associate Publisher, SIGNAL Magazine

Fred H. Rainbow
Vice President and Executive Director, AFCEA Educational Foundation

Steven Ritchey
Vice President for Intelligence

Julie Lama
Event Coordinator for the 2011 David Sarnoff Award: Press Release
Email: [email protected]