Air Force postpones tech conference to focus on Iraq support

The Air Force is postponing its annual Air Force Information Technology Conference originally scheduled for late summer, in order to apply more resources to supporting war efforts in Iraq.

The conference, held in Montgomery, Ala., will be rescheduled for sometime after January 2006, officials said.

Frank Weber, director of the Operations Support Systems Wing at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., said the move follows an announcement by senior serivce officials to redirect as much funding as possible to support the war on terrorism.

'Funds normally reserved for conferences and seminars, training, travel and other requirements not directly tied to the (war on terrorism) must be redirected to the warfighters who are directly supporting the war effort,' Weber said in an Air Force release. 'The Air Force has to realign more than $3 billion from its operating costs in fiscal 2005 to the war effort. Therefore, any official events not directly tied to the war have been or are being considered for suspension.'

The conference, known as the largest and most concentrated IT conference the Air Force holds each year, provides a forum to keep military and civilian IT officials abreast of the latest and future developments in Air Force technologies.

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