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General Chair Welcome Letter

Dear MILCOM 2003 Conference Attendee:

Only a couple of years ago, military transformation was a vision shared by military leaders but a vision difficult to define, much less implement.  Now, that vision is being transformed into reality through collaboration among government, academia and industry. Advanced digital information technologies are enabling military forces to be more mobile, lighter and more effective and to fight jointly. Ultimately, land, sea, air and space-based platforms will be nodes on an expansive, integrated, seamless information grid, maximizing their effect as a joint force.

Consistent with DoD’s focus on greater force integration through transformation and its vision of a smaller, lighter, more agile force, empowered by information available through a ubiquitous network, the theme for the MILCOM 2003 symposium is “Transformation: Power to the Edge”.

For more than 20 years the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) and the IEEE Communications Society have sponsored the MILCOM symposium. MILCOM offers classified and unclassified technical sessions, tutorials, keynote speakers, panel discussions and exhibitions focusing on the technology, systems and operations for military communication and networks to a broad international audience. DoD sponsors the security for the classified program and the USAF Electronic Systems Center has a key advisory role.

General Dynamics C4 Systems and The MITRE Corporation are honored to host MILCOM 2003 on October 13-16, 2003. For the first time ever, the symposium will be held in downtown Boston, Massachusetts at the beautiful Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center.

MILCOM 2003 will provide a forum for forward-thinking military communications experts and technologist to discuss topics ranging from Operational Lessons Learned to Transformational Vision, from Networking Protocols to Sensors and Mobile Networks to Ultra-Wideband Communications. A full three-day classified program will enable participants to explore operational experience and the latest advances in military transformation concepts and communications technologies. In addition to a superior technical program with over 300 papers selected from the more than 800 submitted, MILCOM 2003 will feature distinguished speakers, dynamic panel discussions and tutorials on key communications concepts and technologies. More than 100 industry exhibitors will demonstrate their latest technologies and systems.

The MILCOM event will afford participants ample opportunities to meet in relaxed social gatherings including an old-fashioned New England Clambake. Spouses may elect to participate in the exciting organized tours or explore Boston on their own.

I hope that you will join me for this revolutionary event in a beautiful and historic city. I look forward to seeing you at MILCOM 2003.


Kenneth C. Dahlberg
MILCOM 2003 General Chair
Executive Vice President and Group Executive
Information Systems and Technology
General Dynamics Corporation