All sessions of the 2016 Intelligence and National Security Summit are open to reporters, producers and photojournalists with valid credentials at no charge.

Pre-Event Registration

  • Anyone seeking a media credential is encouraged to send a request with the name of their news organization and title to Ryan Pretzer ( before 12:00 noon on Thursday, September 1, 2016. All requests received after this deadline will be held until registration opens at the Washington Convention Center on Wednesday, September 7. 
  • AFCEA International and INSA reserve the right to refuse or revoke Summit media credentials at their discretion.   
  • Both pre-event and on-site registrants will be asked to provide a business card, press pass or equivalent identification at the media registration desk before receiving their credential. See below for credentialing requirements.  

Media Credential Requirements & On-Site Registration 

  • Anyone who has not received confirmation by Friday, September 2, should register at the Washington Convention Center on September 7-8. Registrants on site will be required to provide three of the following:
    • A government-issued photo ID;
    • A business card indicating role as either an employee of a publication or a contracted journalist;
    • A letter from publication’s editor indicating position;
    • A tear sheet of a bylined article published within the past six months in a recognized media outlet covering the sector;
    • A sample of a published blog post from within the past six months that appeared in a recognized blog covering the sector;
    • If on assignment for another publication or freelancing or researching for an assigned story, an explanatory letter from the publication's assignment editor.
    • If covering the event for an exhibiting company, a letter from the company’s exhibitor lead authorizing your role as a communicator about the Summit in a non-sales-related capacity. 
  • Preregistered individuals will be expected to provide one or more of the above to receive their media credential. 

Audio/Video/Photography Policy

  • While all sessions of the Summit are open to media attendance, some sessions may preclude certain types of recording. AFCEA and INSA reserve the right to close any session to photography, videography or audio recording.
  • All plenary and breakout sessions of the Summit are open to cameras and may be recorded unless otherwise indicated by the session moderator. 
  • All photographers and videographers must have permission from an AFCEA or INSA staff member before entering the Summit proceedings. AFCEA and INSA staff may escort photographers and videographers to designated areas. 
  • Interviews may be conducted subsequent to the sessions at the speakers’ discretion.

Non-Solicitation Policy 

  • Soliciting or accepting orders for any product or service, including advertising space, in the exhibit hall or any other part of the Summit area is prohibited. Distribution of an organization's publications or other promotional material also is prohibited and grounds for credential revocation.