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MONTGOMERY INDUSTRY PARTNERS 4 MARCH 2016 NEWSLETTER

  • 04 Mar 2016 8:48 AM
    Message # 3860657
    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.

    NEXT MIP meeting: 11 March 2016 0615, Building 500 Interstate Park, Room 507

    Lee Terrell (TSCTI), Arnie Regan, John O’Connor (Windmill)

    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

    FROM the Editor:

    If you have an item that should be included in the notes, please email that to MIPDistro@gmail.com NLT than 5 PM the day before a MIP meeting.  This will insure accuracy when being posted to the notes.  Thank you!

    Format Notes:

    • ·       The date at the end of the content indicates when the item was last updated.
    • ·       PEO/BES Change of Leadership.  Lt Gen John Thompson, AFLCMC/CC, presided over the change of leadership ceremony from Mr. “Shof” Shofner, who departs for Hq AFMC at WPAFB, and “passed the flag” to Mr. Rich Aldridge.  MIP welcomes Mr. Aldridge and his family back home to Montgomery!!
    • ·       From the AFA Daily Digest
    • ·       Pandora’s Box Already Open on Cyber.  The US military is more constrained in using a cyber tool against an enemy than nearly any other type of weapon, a former senior policy advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said at AWS16. "When we think about using a cyber tool against an enemy, in whatever situation, the approval that is required … is the equivalent of allowing the release of a nuclear weapon," said Lani Kass, senior vice president and corporate strategic advisor at CACI International. "We are more advanced and less shackled in using remotely piloted anything, not just flying machines, but underwater and ground systems, than we are in using cyber tools." The concern is that "if we open that Pandora's box … there is no end to what the enemy could do to us." Kass noted the hack of Office of Personnel Management records, continuing: "We aren't opening that Pandora's box, the same way we didn't open Pandora's box on the reconnaissance-strike complex. We are using American ingenuity and American technology to ... project power without projecting vulnerability. (29 February 2016)
    • ·       Hacking the Pentagon.  The Pentagon will invite hackers to test the Defense Department's cybersecurity with the goal of keeping future hackers out.  The pilot program, called "Hack the Pentagon," will allow vetted hackers to find and analyze vulnerabilities on public DoD webpages and a predetermined system; critical mission systems will not be included.  "I am always challenging our people to think outside the five-sided box that is the Pentagon,"  Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a written release.  "Inviting responsible hackers to test our cybersecurity certainly meets that test.  I am confident this innovative initiative will strengthen our digital defense and ultimately enhance our national security."  Hackers must register and submit to a background check before they can participate in the program, which will begin in April. (3 March 2016)
    • ·       Making DoD More “Googley”.  The Pentagon is establishing a Defense Innovation Advisory Board, and has tapped Eric Schmidt of Google and Alphabet to chair it. Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google's parent company, Alphabet, and Defense Secretary Ash Carter will work together to select the board.  "Just as the Defense Business Board provides advice to the department on best business practices from the private sector, the Defense Advisory Board will provide advice on the best and latest practices in innovation that the department can emulate," Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said in a written statement.  The board will be made up of 12 people who have led large public and private organizations and who are adept at identifying and adopting new technology concepts, Cook said.  The board will not discuss military operations or strategy, but rather areas that are familiar to tech companies, such as the use of mobile and cloud applications, rapid prototyping, and organizational information sharing. (3 March 2016)
    • ·       Lack of BRAC Hinders Investment.  Capitol Hill's continued blockage of base closures is a long-term problem for the Pentagon, and it's hindering the department's ability to invest in the future, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said. Carter spoke Thursday during a visit to the West Coast, the same day the individual service's military construction officials attempted to make the case for another round of Base Realignment and Closure authority to a congressional panel more than skeptical of the idea.  "Closing bases is an example where Congress has stopped us for obvious reasons,"  Carter said during a speech in Seattle.  "It's a problem, it has stopped us from making force structure changes."  Pete Potochney, the acting assistant secretary of defense for energy, installations, and the environment, told the House Appropriations subcommittee on military construction on Thursday that a round of BRAC could save about $2 billion per year.  Miranda Ballentine, the assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, energy, and the environment, said the Air Force has about 30 percent excess capacity in bases, which is unsustainable for the service. (See also: The Long Road for BRAC from the February issue of Air Force Magazine.) (4 March 2016)
    • ·       Pentagon Tech Support.  The Defense Department's No. 1 job in the area of cyber operations is self-defense, and that is starting with some basic tech support.  Defense Secretary Ash Carter, speaking during a Microsoft-supported event in Seattle, said the Pentagon is starting a department-wide transition to Windows 10, updating four million computer desktops.  The large-scale upgrade is "unprecedented," he said.  Carter spoke Thursday as part of a visit to tech hubs in the West Coast, where he has unveiled multiple cyber-focused initiatives, such as a "Hack the Pentagon" contest where vetted hackers will attempt to infiltrate Pentagon networks.  This effort is similar to "bug bounty" events where Microsoft has called on hackers to test their networks.  DOD networks "are no good if they have been hacked," Carter said.  While speaking about network security, Carter entered the controversial discussion of encryption.  "Data security, including encryption, is extremely important," Carter said. (4 March 2016)
    • ·       AFCEA.  No events or news.  Business Over Breakfast should be coming in April. (4 March 2016)
    • ·       Chamber of Commerce.
    • ·       60 Minute Coffee is at MACOA (Montgomery Area Council on Aging), 0800, 10 March 2016
    • ·       Cyber ForumAre you ready for the effects of a large-scale cyber attack? Col. Howard Ward, former director of Air University's Wargaming Center, will discuss preparing for cyber attacks and what businesses and communities can do if an attack occurs.  23 March 2016 from 0800-0900 at the Small Business Resource Center, 600 South Court Street.  $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers.  Register at https://www.montgomerychamber.com/2016-events/-cyber-forum-i?erid=2883226&trid=002907e4-e4f1-430b-9ff1-f7447ec71c0e  (4 March 2016)
    • ·       Alabama Update with Governor Bentley.  The Montgomery Chamber's Alabama Update is Thursday, March 10 at 7:30 a.m. at the RSA Activity Center. Gov. Robert Bentley will discuss the economic well-being of the state and other issues impacting the business community.  Tickets are $25 for Chamber members and $30 for nonmembers.  Register at https://www.montgomerychamber.com/2016-events/alabama-update?erid=2883226&trid=002907e4-e4f1-430b-9ff1-f7447ec71c0e.  (4 March 2016)
    • ·       Technology Conference.  Keep your calendars open for the week of 29 August 2016 for a major technology event in Montgomery.  MC2 is now on contract.  Expect the website to go live on 10 March 2016.  (4 March 2016)
    • ·       Maxwell National Prayer Luncheon. The 42d Air Base Wing Chapel cordially invites you to the 2016 National Prayer Luncheon on 8 Mar 16, 1130, at the Maxwell Club Ballroom.  Go to https://einvitations.afit.edu/inv/anim.cfm?i=277813&k=006645017A54 or contact the Maxwell Chapel POC: Chaplain Quanika Bynum at 953-2109 for more information.   Deadline to RSVP is COB 2 Mar 16.  (26 February 2016)
    • ·       Alabama World Affairs Council.  On 8 March 2016, AWAC will present Dr. Phillip Brenner, who will speak on “Behind the Scenes of the US-Cuba Turnaround.”  The event will be at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, starting at 1730.  (4 March 2016)
    • ·       State of Alabama Program Manager Users Group (PMUG) will meet on 10 March 2016 0900-1100 at the Chamber of Commerce Small Business Resource Center, 600 South Court Street. (4 March 2016)
    • ·       MOAA The March MOAA Luncheon will be on 10 March 2016 at the Maxwell Club.  The speakers will be Col Adam Willis, 908 AW/CC and his wife Elyse, who will talk about the unique challenges and programs used for family support during a reserve unit deployment.  Luncheon choices are Parmesan Chicken ($16) Cobb Salad ($14) or a Deluxe Club Sandwich ($14).  Make reservations TODAY by 1700 with John O’Connor (sactrndklr@gmail.com 334.220.6532).  (5 February 2016)
    • ·       PMI Dinner meeting will be 10 March 20156 beginning at 1730 at the RSA Plaza, 1730 Washington Street, on the 6th Floor.  This month will feature the GEARS (General Engineering and Robotics Specialists) Inc. Robotics Team made up of students from Cornerstone Classical Christians Academy, Eastwood Presbyterian Church School, and several homeschool groups.  $20 for the dinner.  Register at www.pmisouthalabama.org. You do not have to be a PMI member to attend. (4 March 2016)
    • ·       Cultural Awareness Day.   Cultural Awareness Day (CAD) is 11 Mar 16, 1100-1300, at the Maxwell Honor Guard Hangar, Building 690.  The event is a combined celebration of ten special observances: Martin Luther King, Jr., Birthday, African American History/Black History Month, Women's History Month, Women's Equality Day, Holocaust Days of Remembrance, Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, LGBT Pride Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and National American Indian Heritage Month.  (26 February 2016)
    • ·       (and St Patrick’s Day is March 17th!)
    • ·       Alamo AFCEA Golf Tournament.  On 21 March 2016, the Alamo AFCEA Chapter will sponsor a golf tournament at the Quarry Golf Course, in conjunction with the TechNet Air Conference.  The proceeds of the tournament will benefit the Wounded Warriors and Military Widows Endowment Fund.  See the flyer at the end of the notes. (26 February 2016)
    • ·       AFA Issues Luncheon.  The Air Force Association Chapter 102's USAF Issues Luncheon will be held on 30 March.  Guest Speaker will be Maj Gen Timothy Leahy, Commander, LeMay Center & Vice Commander Air University.  This event will be held in the Maxwell AFB Club Ballroom. Show time will be 1100 - 1130 with the event kicking off at/about 1130. Go to https://s01.123signup.com/Member?PG=1531364182400&P=15313641339580781420427500&Info to sign up. (19 February 2016)
    • ·       Electronic Fingerprinting.  Effective October 1, 2016, all fingerprints associated with Submitting Office Number (SON) 346W must be submitted electronically to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).  All hardcopy fingerprint submissions and investigation requests will be rejected if OPM does not receive an electronic fingerprint within 14 days of the investigation submission date.  (4 March 2016)
    • ·       One source locally is the UPS Store on Atlanta Highway, east of the Publix Shopping Center.  They have the equipment in place.
    • ·       STAR ID.  This year, the STAR ID requirements for security authentication and identity verification for airline security and access to many Federal buildings will begin to be enforced.  See the attached flyer for information specific to Alabama for obtaining your STAR ID Driver’s License.  Note that only ALEA operated Driver License Examining offices can issue the STAR ID license.  In Montgomery, that office is on Coliseum Boulevard near the Fairgrounds.  See the attached flyer for more information.  (4 March 2016)
    • ·       13th Annual Unisys Golf Tournament.  Once again Unisys will host a golf tournament to benefit the AFCEA Education Foundation.  This year’s event will be at Arrowhead Country Club on April 29th, with registration fees at $75 per person.  See the flyer and registration form attached to this week’s notes.  (4 March 2016)
    • ·       MITS. The Sponsorship Committee has started planning for next year’s MITS in May (23-26).  As companies finalize their marketing budgets for 2016, be sure you keep MITS at the top of your agenda.  Several of the sponsorships have already been spoken for.  For information on sponsorships email mitsgolf@afceamontgomery.org.  Mr. Rich Aldrich (PEO/BES) has invited the NETCENTS-2 primes Chief Executive Officers to attend a meeting during MITS to discuss the contracts.  He has also indicated that he will resume the contractor outreach events. (19 Feb 2016)
    • ·       Open House at Maxwell in 2017.  In the planning stages is an open house at Maxwell scheduled for 17 April of 2017, with an appearance by the Thunderbirds. (8 January 2016)
    • ·       Desert Storm 25 Years Later.  AFA’s Mitchell Institute invites you to join them for a symposium to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of Desert Storm.  The symposium will be held on 9 March 2016 from 1300-1730 at the Cosmos Club in Washington DC. (19 February 2016)
    • ·       Visitors:
    • ·       TSgt Kevin Baxter, who works in the Gunter NCC.
    • ·       Personnel.
    • ·       Mr. Joe Mattis will be retiring after 40 years of service on 24 March 2016 at the WPAFB Club.  https://einvitations.afit.edu/inv/anim.cfm?i=281176&k=006943087C51 has additional details.
    • ·       Position(s) Available:

     

     


     


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