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National Security Technology Summit

Great American technologists from academia and industry have always ensured our national security has the edge it needs, in peace, crisis and war. Academic Fredrick Terman (pictured) brought us radar and Silicon Valley. Edwin Land brought us overhead ISR. Gordon Moore ensured integrated circuits were accelerated into our community first. Scott McNealy drove security into Operating Systems. Bill Gates and Larry Ellison and a long list of other great IT leaders have also dedicated significant effort to the national security community in ways many will never know.

Great technology heroes also serve in government.  Thanks to them government has been pioneering advances in secure cloud computing, biometrics, IT security, collaboration, geospatial, visualization, remote sensing and collaboration. Government IT leaders routinely contribute to our nation’s understanding of the power of green IT and smart data center design and IT remote management. Infotech, Nanotech and Biotech are all being pushed forward by government research and requirements, and all the above are making contributions to our national security efforts.

Are you a technologist with an interest in national security? Are you a national security professional with an interest in technology?  If so, there is an event I would like to bring to your attention.  The 16-18 November 2009 National Security Technology Summit, in Philadelphia, PA.

I’ll be chairing the event and am working with a broad swath of national security professionals and technologists in and out of government now to craft the conference program. The goal: enhance national security.  How do we think we can do that?  Please check out the conference site for our current approach, and let me know what you think:

The site is at:

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Bob Gourley, former CTO of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), is Founder and CTO of Crucial Point LLC, a technology research and advisory firm providing fact based technology reviews in support of venture capital, private equity and emerging technology firms. He has extensive industry experience in intelligence and security and was awarded an intelligence community meritorious achievement award by AFCEA in 2008, and has also been recognized as an Infoworld Top 25 CTO and as one of the most fascinating communicators in Government IT by GovFresh.

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