Darkblade Systems continues as a corporate member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), a non-profit membership association focused on serving “the military, government, industry and academia as a forum for advancing professional knowledge and relationships in the fields of communications, information technology, intelligence and security. AFCEA connects people, ideas, and solutions for global security by providing an ethical forum for military, government, academic and industry communities to collaborate.”
Darkblade Systems team members frequently participate in AFCEA events, meet in local Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. chapters, and work with dozens of corporate and government partners associated with AFCEA.
From the AFCEA website:
“AFCEA provides a forum for military, government and industry communities to collaborate so that technology and strategy align with the needs of those who serve. We are a member-based, non-profit international organization that has helped members advance information technology, communications and electronics capabilities since 1946. The association has 32,037 individual members, 140 chapters and 1,693 corporate members.”
Regarding its evolution through history following the American Civil War, the United States Veterans Signal Association was formed from the original Signal Corps. This organization was active for many years, ultimately being augmented by veterans from the Spanish–American War and World War I. The American Signal Corps Association, another World War I group, merged with the U.S. Veterans Signal Association in 1918 and was active until 1944 (World War II).
In May 1946, Maj. Gen. Harry C. Ingles, Brig. Gen. David Sarnoff, and a number of industry leaders joined to found the Army Signal Association, absorbing the remaining chapters of its predecessors.
In 1947, the name was changed to the Armed Forces Communications Association, and in 1954 the name evolved as the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association. In 1979, the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association became international with the establishment of chapters in Europe, Asia and Canada. In 2018, the name was shortened to AFCEA International.