AFCEA (Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association) International is a non-profit membership association established in 1946. AFCEA serves 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. Presently there are 32,000 members in over 120 chapters worldwide. The Central Virginia Chapter of AFCEA is dedicated to increasing knowledge through the exploration of issues relevant to its members in information technology, communications and electronics for the defense, homeland security and intelligence communities. Through trust and communication, we address the increased need for integration, collaboration and innovative ways to expand information and intelligence sharing. We invest in workforce development by providing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) scholarships and grants to Virginia students and teachers at all education levels, and we foster and promote the establishment of student chapters of AFCEA at institutes of higher learning. Our chapter serves the defense/intelligence industry in the Greater Charlottesville area to include several local contractors and small businesses and the Defense Intelligence Agency, National Ground Intelligence Center, National Geospatial Intelligence Center, and US Army. Our chapter has monthly luncheons with speakers ranging from senior executives w/in the DIA, NGIC, and Army INSCOM. We also have had speakers from academia and industry related to Cyber, Biometrics, and ISR, and we have initiated a Small Business Spotlight to provide more visibility to the small businesses in our area. We partnered with the PDC to bring an introduction to intelligence course to Charlottesville and are also holding a Cyber security course. We sponsored a category award for the Virginia Piedmont Regional Science Fair and several of our members served as judges. We have laid the groundwork for awarding STEM-related scholarships to local teachers as well, and hope to begin awarding them this year. We are taking a more visible role in workforce development by partnering with local universities. Our Young AFCEANs will be helping to lay the groundwork for initiating chapters at local Virginia universities such as UVA and JMU.