• 11 Jun 2021 9:03 AM
    Message # 10616876
    David Hart (Administrator)

    Montgomery Industry Partners (MIP) is a stand-alone informal association of both Montgomery area industry partners as well as the Maxwell AFB and Gunter Annex community.  We are not affiliated with any other organizations.

    “Virtual Edition”

    Until further notice, in accordance with the local Health Authorities recommendations, there will not be any MIP Meetings.  We will continue the weekly notes
    PLEASE, email any news or updates that should be included in the MIP notes to

    Lee Terrell (TunnelVue), Arnie Regan (Gentleman Farmer), John O’Connor (Oasis)
    Huntsville “Foreign” Correspondent:Shanna Starling(Astra Solutions LLC)

    The MIP notes are intended for local Montgomery Area Industry and Government Partners.  Recipients may choose to forward.  Any email lists associated with MIP should not be forwarded or shared outside of MIP.

    Format Notes:  The date at the end of the content indicates when the item was last updated.

    • ·         Contacting MIP.  Please start a new email instead of doing a “Reply” to the notes.  Questions, requests, etc. have gotten lost because the “Subject” line is the same and gets buried with “out of office” responses.
    • ·         AFA Daily Report
    • ·         COVID-19, Not Technical Issues, Mostly to Blame for Grey Wolf Delay, AFGSC Boss Says.  Air Force Global Strike Command boss Gen. Timothy M. Ray said the Air Force did not include any new MH-139A Grey Wolf helicopters in its fiscal 2022 budget request because of certification delays related to the pandemic.  "I spent some time talking to Boeing about this three weeks ago," Ray said during a June 3 virtual event hosted by AFA's Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.  (7 June 2021)
    • ·         Exclusive: U.S. to Give Ransomware Hacks Similar Priority as TerrorismReuters: https://www.reuters.com/technology/exclusive-us-give-ransomware-hacks-similar-priority-terrorism-official-says-2021-06-03/)  In the wake of several high-profile ransomware attacks on key industries, the U.S. Department of Justice is elevating investigations into the matter to a similar priority as terrorism, according to a senior department official.  The attacks, in which hackers access systems and lock them down until companies agree to pay a ransom, will now be treated as matters of national security after the Colonial Pipeline was hit by one, leading to massive gas shortages on the East Coast.  (7 June 2021)
    • ·         DoD Outlines Tenets of Responsible Artificial Intelligence.  (Defense One: https://www.defenseone.com/policy/2021/06/deputy-defense-secretary-outlines-responsible-ai-tenets-new-memo/174510/)  In a department-wide memo signed last week, Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks enumerated foundational tenets for responsible AI, reaffirmed the ethical AI principles the department adopted last year, and mandated the JAIC director to start work on four activities for developing a responsible AI ecosystem.  (7 June 2021)
    • ·         Supreme Court Rejects Battle Over Male-Only Military Draft Registration.  (CBS News: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/supreme-court-military-draft-registration-male-only/)  The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review a case challenging the requirement under federal law that only males have to register for the draft when they become legal adults.  The case was brought by an organization called the National Coalition for Men, who were represented by the ACLU, and the plaintiffs asked the court to review the constitutionality of the Military Selective Service Act’s male-only requirement, calling it sex discrimination.  In a three-page opinion, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, joined by Justices Stephen Breyer and Brett Kavanaugh, seemed to express doubt that the law was in fact constitutional but cited the “Court's longstanding deference to Congress on matters of national defense and military affairs” in declining to take on the case. (8 June 2021)
    • ·         SASC Advances Kendall’s Nomination to be Secretary of the Air Force
    • ·         By Brian W. Everstine
    • ·        
    • ·         The Senate Armed Services Committee on June 10 advanced the nomination of Frank Kendall to be the next Secretary of the Air Force, setting him up for a floor vote soon. Kendall, who served as the No. 3 in the Pentagon during the Obama administration as the under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology, and logistics, was picked for the job in April. During his May 25 nomination hearing, Kendall said he wanted to return to the Pentagon because of his concerns about China’s rapid modernization.  (11 June 2021)
    • ·         Air Force Launches New Digital Transformation Office.  (
    • ·         FEDSCOOP: https://www.fedscoop.com/air-force-launches-new-digital-transformation-office/
    • ·        
    • ·         )Air Force Materiel Command, the force’s major command in charge of buying and sustaining airplanes and weapons, has opened a new office to work on digital transformation across the Air and Space Force acquisition enterprises.
    • ·         Sen. King Urges ‘Reimagining Conflict’ on Eve of Cyber Nominees Hearing(
    • ·         Breaking Defense:  https://breakingdefense.com/2021/06/sen-king-urges-reimagining-conflict-on-eve-of-cyber-nominees-hearing/
    • ·        
    • ·         )The newly created national cyber director should immediately create a “declarative policy” clearly telling adversaries what they risk should they launch cyberattacks against the U.S., Sen. Angus King, who co-chaired the commission which recommended creation of the post, said today. “We have to reimagine conflict,” King said. “I can’t tell you how serious I think this problem is. If there are not consequences for people doing this, then they’ll keep doing it. It’s almost impossible to overstate this risk.”
    • ·        
    • ·         Montgomery Zoo Military Appreciation Day.  Please mark on your calendars for Military Appreciation Day at the Montgomery Zoo for three days again this year –Tuesday-Thursday, June 15, 16, & 17.  See the flyer at the end of the notes.  Eligible participants can sign up at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/military-appreciation-day-at-the-zoo-tickets-153505143015.  (11 June 2021)
    • ·         Wright Flyers: Volunteers still needed. Please contact Brenda King at the Chamber!
    • ·         26 NOS Change of Command.  Lt Col Brian Kirchner will relinquish command of the 26th NOS to Lt Col Kurt Weissgerber on 24 June 2021 in the Maxwell AFB-Gunter Annex SNCOA Auditorium Building 1143, 550 McDonald St.  Full details and RSVP can be found in the evite at https://einvitations.afit.edu/inv/anim.cfm?i=599207&k=07684B0B7B50.  Military: Uniform of the Day, Civilian: Business casual.  COVID considerations:  Social distancing is encouraged.  Follow current guidance according to your vaccination status  (11 June 2021)
    • ·         AUM Internships.  From Gary Amerson: If anyone who is part of the MIP would like to sponsor some internships with AUM, doesn’t even have to be cyber security related, please fill in the attached questionnaire attached to today’s notes and send to eeec@aum.edu . (11 June 2021)
    • ·         Setting up Effective Internships.  (from Gary Amerson) On Friday, September 17, AUM will be hosting a workshop to train employers on how to set up an effective internship program. It will be offered by Intern Bridge, Inc. and is no cost to the employer. It will be at AUM’s Taylor Center Room 230, from 8-4. We are working on advertising materials now and I’ll forward those when they are complete.  Contact  gary.amerson@aum.edu(11 June 2021).
    • ·         DoD Face Charts.  Mac McCauley forwarded updated “Face Charts” for both DoD and USAF Leadership.  They are also attached to the notes.  Thanks Mac! (11 June 2021).
    • ·         Montgomery Chamber of Commerce.  Here are some upcoming events:
    • ·         15-17 June Military Appreciation Day at the Zoo, 0900-1600
    • ·         13 July 60 Minute Coffee Montgomery Antiques and Interiors, 1955 Eastern Blvd, 0800-0900
    • ·         AFCEA West 2021.  This year’s AFCEA West will be Virtual on 29-30 June 2021.  Registration is free to active Military and Government.  Early Bird registration with discounted rates are available now.  For full details and pricing, and to register, go to https://www.westconference.org/WEST21/Public/Content.aspx?ID=91093&sortMenu=104001.  (30 April 2021)
    • ·         AFLCMC 5th Annual Life Cycle Industry Days (LCID).  The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center's 5th Annual Life Cycle Industry Days (LCID) will be held virtually, from August 3rd to August 5th, 2021.  (https://www.aflcmc.af.mil/LCID)  This year's theme is "Accelerating Change to Empower the Warfighter."  We have keynotes from Air Force senior leaders to include:
    • ·         General Mark Kelly, Commander, ACC
    • ·         Ms. Darlene Costello, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition, Technology & Logistics)
    • ·         Lieutenant General Anthony Cotton, Deputy Commander, AFGSC
    • ·         Lieutenant General Carl Schaefer, Deputy Commander, AFMC

    In addition to these dynamic speakers, LCID will provide presentations and panel sessions on Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Software Factories, Rapid Change, and the popular PEO and CEO panel.  Attendees will have the opportunity to view virtual exhibits and Program Executive Officer forecast information. Small business panels and information will be incorporated into the overall agenda to provide valuable insight, discussions, and opportunities for potential partnerships.  Join us for an informative and exceptional forum where opportunities will be shared and partnerships can be made.  Registration information is at the LCID website at https://www.aflcmc.af.mil/LCID/ or http://www.lifecycleindustrydays.com/(14 May 2021)

    • ·         AFA’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference 2021 Is Going Live!  The Air Force Association’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference returns as a live, in-person event Sept. 20-22 at the Gaylord National Resort in National Harbor, Md.  "The nation’s premier Air Force and Space Force professional development event is back!" said Gerald Murray, AFA Chairman and the 14th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force.  "With most COVID-19 restrictions now lifted by national, state, and local authorities, we can once again look forward to greeting each other in-person this September."  Registration and hotel reservations will open in July.  A full agenda of speaker presentations and a robust technology exposition will greet thousands of visitors. AFA is working closely with Department of the Air Force leadership to create a truly memorable event for Airmen, Guardians, and their industry partners in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of AFA’s founding.  The conference theme this year will be “Air, Space & Cyber Leadership for our Nation – Today and Tomorrow,” and our speaker lineup will include top leaders from the Air Force, Space Force, industry and more.
    • ·         Personnel
    • ·         The following brigadier general has been nominated by the president to the Senate for appointment to the grade of major general, United States Air Force:

    Hurry, Linda S.    Director of Logistics, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington DC

    • ·         Calendar of Events.  (all times listed Central Time Zone)


    Event Name



    June 2021


    MOAA Luncheon
    Arrowhead Country Club


    John O’Connor (sactrndklr@gmail.com) or Lt Col John Camp (272-8061)

    For Reservations


    Military Appreciation Day

    Montgomery Zoo



    Father’s Day


    AFCEA West (Virtual)

    July 2021


    NO MIP MEETING/Holiday Weekend


    Independence Day


    PMI Monthly Dinner Meeting



    “First Friday” hosted by BeYOUtiful Boutique




    60 Minute Coffee Sponsored by AALOS



    August 2021


    Air Force Life Cycle Management Center's 5th Annual Life Cycle Industry Days (LCID)




    MOAA Annual BBQ

    Peterson Lodge, Lagoon Park, Montgomery


    AFA Community Partners Luncheon

    Maxwell Club



    60 Minute Coffee Sponsored by Staybridge Suites Downtown




    Space and Missile Defense Symposium

    Virtual and In person (Huntsville, AL)



    PMI Monthly Dinner Meeting




    AFCEA TechNet Augusta GA

    Augusta Georgia Marriott


    30-2 Sep



    Business After Hours Sponsored by WSFA


    September 2021


    NO MIP MEETING/Holiday Weekend


    Labor Day


    MOAA Luncheon
    Arrowhead Country Club


    John O’Connor (sactrndklr@gmail.com) or Lt Col John Camp (272-8061)

    For Reservations


    PMI Monthly Dinner Meeting

    RSA Plaza
    770 Washington Street, 6th Floor



    Business After Hours Sponsored by Gilpin, Givhan and Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood Waters, 1600



    2021 Air, Space & Cyber Conference

    National Harbor, MD



    National Cyber Summit

    Von Braun Center South Hall
    700 Monroe Street, Huntsville AL 35801


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