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MONTGOMERY INDUSTRY PARTNERS 16 SEPTEMBER 2016 NEWSLETTER

  • 16 Sep 2016 9:29 AM
    Message # 4253178
    David Hart (Administrator)

    MONTGOMERY INDUSTRY PARTNERS 16 SEPTEMBER 2016 NEWSLETTER

    BUILDING 500, SUITE 507 INTERSTATE PARK DRIVE

    MONTGOMERY, AL

    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: 23 September 2016 0615, Building 500 Interstate Park, Room 507

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

    Good news and Bad news!!!

    True to their word, the new owners of Interstate Park are beginning the major renovations to the complex.  That’s the Good News.

    But the Bad News is that they will be starting with the conference room we use for our MIP.  Renovations will begin this afternoon, but we do not have a target completion date.  So we will be having to adjust over the next few weeks

    Until (and unless) we find an alternate location at Interstate Park, starting NEXT WEEK (23 September) the MIP meetings will be at the Chamber of Commerce Small Business Resource Center, 600 South Court Street (I-85 and Court Street).  Doors will open at 6 AM.

    Fine Print: For those who don’t pay attention, and still show up at Interstate park next week, there will be a deer tracking camera set up and the photos will be published top identify those individuals who cannot pay attention or manage their calendars!!

    FROM the Editor:

    If you have an item that should be included in the notes, please email that to MIPDistro@gmail.com NLT than 1700 the day before a MIP meeting.  This will insure accuracy when being posted to the notes.  

    CHANGING EMAIL ADDRESS?  Send an email to MIPDistro@gmail.com with the old and new addresses.  It will be updated within a few days.

    RESUMES:  If you want to pass along a resume for distribution, you can also send that directly to MIPDistro@gmail.com. As we mentioned a few months ago, if the resume is for someone you are trying to help, suggest you do a little “peer review/QC” before forwarding on.  Some of the resumes of late that have been received could have used some help.  (Actually, some could have used a LOT of help!)

    Thank you!

    Format Notes:

    • ·        The date at the end of the content indicates when the item was last updated.
    • ·        From AFA Daily Digest
    • ·        New Cyber Group Stands up at Otis.  The Massachusetts Air National Guard's 202nd Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Group was activated on Aug. 28 in a ceremony at Otis ANGB, Mass.  The group is made up of three squadrons whose mission is to "conduct global integrated cyber ISR operations to detect, characterize, and mitigate cyber threats, exploit computer networks, and enable full-spectrum cyber operations."  Group commander Col. Joseph Morrissey said, "The importance of this mission cannot be overstated. Cyber is in the news every day and we have a unique opportunity to aid our nation in this domain."  (9 September 2016)
    • ·        Hyten to Lead USSTRATCOM.  President Obama has tapped Gen. John Hyten to lead US Strategic Command, according to a Sept. 9 Pentagon announcement.  If confirmed, Hyten will replace Adm. Cecil Haney, who has led the command since November 2014. Hyten currently serves as commander of Air Force Space Command, a position he has held since August 2014.  Lt. Gen. John Raymond, who currently serves as the deputy chief of staff for operations on the Air Staff, was nominated last week to replace to Hyten at AFSPC.  (12 September 2016)
    • ·        R&D Dollars Drops for Major Contractors But Up for Smaller Vendors.  Research and development funding for the big five defense contractors has fallen as overall Defense Department R&D has dropped, though small vendors have seen an increase in their share of the funding, according to a Center for Strategic and International Studies report released Monday.  The share of R&D funds to the five contractors—Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, and General Dynamics—has fallen from 57 percent of total R&D funding in 2009 to 33 percent in 2015, while funding for small vendors has risen from a 10 percent share in 2009 to 17 percent in 2015.  While there has been a dip in total R&D funding recently, more funding is expected as the services invest in large contracts, such as the Air Force's B-21 bomber.  (13 September 2016)
    • ·        CYBERCOM’s Force Takes Shape.  US Cyber Command's full cyber mission force is expected to reach initial operational capability by the end of the month, CYBERCOM chief Adm. Michael Rogers, told lawmakers Tuesday.  Speaking before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Rogers, who is also the director of the National Security Agency, said 6,187 members make up the 133 teams, all of which should reach full operational capability by Sept. 30, 2018.  As of June, 46 teams—tasked with providing offensive capabilities to combatant commanders, defending DoD networks, and defending critical infrastructure—had already reached a fully operational capable status, and 59 had reached IOC.  Rogers said the force has faced a number of challenges.  "We continue to learn insights about tools on the cyber defense side that we need to continue to deploy more broadly," he said.  Using a best-of-breed approach, rather than different groups using different tools, will save money, he said.  CYBERCOM also needs improved training capabilities that simulate actual networks and cyber situational awareness, Rogers said.  "We have got to be able to visualize this battle space, and right now we just don't do that well," Rogers said. (14 September 2016)
    • ·        Duel Over Dual Hats.  Senate Armed Service Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Tuesday he will try to block any effort to split the joint leadership of the National Security Agency and US Cyber Command before President Barack Obama leaves office.  Top administration officials, including Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, are reportedly proposing to separate the commands held concurrently by Adm. Michael Rogers, within the next few months according to NBC News.  McCain said SASC has been left in the dark about the decision.  "I do not believe rushing to separate the dual hat in the final months of an administration is appropriate, given the very serious challenges we face in cyberspace and the failure of this administration to develop an effective deterrence policy," McCain said.  If a decision to split CYBERCOM from the NSA is made, McCain said, he would object to the confirmation of anyone who was not nominated to head both organizations.  McCain asked Rogers whether he believes it is in the best national security interest of the United States for the role to remain dual-hatted, and Rogers said, "Yes."  The Obama administration has reportedly considered the split as part of the process to elevate CYBERCOM—currently a sub-unified command subordinate to US Strategic Command—to a unified combatant command, according to Reuters.  (14 September 2016)
    • ·        DoD Opens Third Startup Tech Hub in Austin.  Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Wednesday unveiled the next Defense Department tech hub in Austin, Texas, aimed at supporting startups with possible national security-related goals. "I not only want to keep Austin weird; I'm counting on it," Carter said in a Wednesday speech in the Texas capital. "Because the creative thinking that happens in places like Austin is part of what makes our country so innovative and our economy so vibrant and strong." Austin joins Silicon Valley and Boston as homes to the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, or DIUx. The offices are tasked with identifying existing commercial technology the Pentagon could use, coming technologies that need additional development for military use, and engagement teams to introduce innovators to national security challenges. DIUx offices so far have signed five contracts for $3.5 million, with another 22 projects and $65 million in investments expected soon. The Austin unit will be led by Christine Abizaid, who previously served as the deputy assistant secretary of defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia. Local Reserve members will join the team, starting with 1st Lt. Samantha Snabes, who is an intelligence officer in the Mississippi Air National Guard, and co-founder and CEO of re:3D, an Austin business that focuses on 3D printing. (15 September 2016)
    • ·        Chappy’s Breakfast for Babies Join Chappy's Deli in support of the March of Dimes with the 10th Annual Breakfast for Babies drive at their Perry Hill Rd location.  Enjoy a delicious breakfast and help them raise money to aid in the prevention of premature births in our neighborhood and yours and across the world. TODAY from 0530 to 0900. 334.279.6950, www.chappysdeli.com.  (16 September 2016)
    • ·        POW/MIA Commemoration.  There will be an observance of POW/MIA Day Saturday 17 September 2016 at 1100 on the south side of the State Capitol in Montgomery. .  (16 September 2016)
    • ·        BBQ for “That Animal Group” (TAG). TAG is taking orders for BBQ sandwich bags (BBQ sandwich, chips, pickles, and dessert) for Friday 30 September 2016.  Sandwiches can be picked up behind Dalraida First United Methodist Church, 3817 Atlanta Highway between 1100 and 1300.  Each sandwich is $7.00 and reservations should be made NLT 26 September with Joe DeFee jdefee@caci.com.  All proceeds to benefit TAG, a local nonprofit animal welfare organization.  (16 September 2016)
    • ·        River Region Forum.  For the Wright Flyers: Lieutenant General Steven Kwast, Commander and President, Air University, requests the pleasure of your company for the River Region Forum featuring Brigadier General Stephen Garland, Commander, Jeanne M. Holm Officer Accessions & Citizen Development Center on the topic of Space.  Thursday, 29 September 2016, 0800-0915, Hoover Auditorium, Officer Training School, Building 1487, 501 LeMay Plaza North, Maxwell AFB.  See the map at the end of notes.  RSVP to bking@montgomerychamber.com (16 September 2016)
    • ·        White House Names First Chief Information Security Officer.  The White House named its first-ever chief information security officer Thursday, part of its broader effort to shore up cyber practices after last year's massive intrusion into federal background check databases.  The administration named Gregory Touhill, the Homeland Security Department's deputy assistant secretary for cybersecurity and communications, and a retired Air Force brigadier general, to the top information security position.  Grant Schneider, the National Security Council's cybersecurity policy director and former Defense Intelligence Agency chief information officer, was named acting deputy CISO.  The White House's Cybersecurity National Action Plan, announced in February and overseen by U.S. CIO Tony Scott, outlined the need for a federal CISO.  That plan was issued alongside President Obama's 2017 budget, which proposed raising IT security spending by 35 percent.  Those proposals came months after news surfaced that a massive hack into the records held by the Office of Personnel Management exposed sensitive information on more than 20 million people.  In his new role, Touhill's responsibilities will include driving "cybersecurity policy, planning and implementation" across federal agencies, and also leading periodic reviews of agencies' progress, according to the White House blog post.  The Cybersecurity National Action Plan noted the CISO would be involved with the White House's proposed $3.1 billion IT modernization fund—a pot of money to which agencies could apply for specific technology projects.  One of the CISO's most important roles will be to "pull together all of the people in the federal government and make sure we have a well-thought through and then executed strategy in terms of how all of those entities work together,” Scott said at an April event.  For the original press release, see: http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2016/09/white-house-names-first-chief-information-security-officer/131392/?oref=nextgov_cio_briefing(16 September 2016)
    • ·        F-35s at Dannelly Field?  (Extracted from Rep. Martha Roby (R-Al 2nd District) Newsletter Alabama’s 187th Fighter Wing, better known as the “Red Tails,” is being considered to field the Air Force’s new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.  The 187th is one of several Air National Guard units nationwide currently under consideration to field the new F-35 aircraft.  That list is expected to be culled soon.  The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the Air Force’s long-anticipated stealth fighter that will eventually replace many Cold War-era aircraft, including the F-16 Falcons currently flown by the 187th. The F-35’s next-generation capabilities will give American fighter pilots unquestioned supremacy in air combat situations anywhere on the globe. (16 September 2016)
    • ·        Chamber of Commerce. Details and registration for these events can usually be found at www.montgomerychamber.com. Select “View Calendar” from the left side of the home page below the “Calendar of Events” listing for a full summary of upcoming events.
    • ·        Business After Hours, 29 September, 1700-1900, Reinhardt Lexus, 911 Eastern Boulevard.
    • ·        PMI Dinner meeting will be 13 October 2016 beginning at 1730 at the RSA Plaza, 1730 Washington Street, on the 6th Floor.   Register at www.pmisouthalabama.org.  You do not have to be a PMI member to attend.  In keeping with a Halloween theme, Eric Pierce will present on Scary Project Management!!  (9 September 2016)
    • ·        MOAA
    • ·        The 13 October monthly luncheon will feature Lt Gen Dana Atkins (USAF, Ret) MOAA President as our guest speaker.  Menu choices are: Downtown Croissant (fresh croissant with chicken salad, lettuce & tomato, served with potato salad, pickle spear and fruit cup. ($15.00)); Blackened Salmon: (served with rice pilaf, steamed vegetables and freshly baked rolls. ($20.00)); Cobb Salad (Fresh mixed greens with avocado, black beans, cucumber, tomatoes, corn, onions and croutons served with choice of salad dressing. ($14.00)) Contact John O’Connor (sactrndklr@gmail.com) or Lt Col John Camp (campjhj@charter.net)  (9 September 2016)
    • ·        Alabama World Affairs Council (AWAC).  The first AWAC event of this year will feature Ambassador Joe Wilson, who has extensive experience in the Middle East and Africa.  He will speak on the topic Africa and the US: Past and Present.  The event will be on 20 September beginning at 1730, Gold Room, Troy University, 231 Montgomery Street (note a new venue for this year).  Members are free and others are $20 at the door.  Register today contacting Donna Gilliand (334-241-9501) or Dahdee Bullen at dahdeekb@yahoo.com (334-567-0953). (9 September 2016)
    • ·        AFA Golf Tournament.  AFA Chapter 102 is pleased to announce the 2016 Annual AFA Golf Tournament on Oct 5 2016 at Maxwell’s Cypress Tree Golf Course. Because there is a limited capacity for this event, we recommend advanced registration. Go to http://www.123signup.com/home?Org=AFA to register and for additional information. (9 September 2016)
    • ·        AUM Government Career Fair.  AUM’s Career Development Center cordially invites you to participate in the AUM Government Career Fair on Tuesday, October 11, 2016, in Conference Rooms 221-222 of the Taylor Center from 1300-1400.  Please visit https://www.myinterfase.com/aum/employer; click on Career Events to register your organization for the upcoming Government Career Fair.  The registration fee this year is only $100.00. Please call us at (334) 244-3342 or 344-2244 if you have any questions. (12 August 2016)
    • ·        Visitors:
    • ·        N/A
    • ·        Personnel.
    • ·        N/A
    • ·        Position(s) Available:
    STG is looking for an entry level .NET developer.  Security Clearance or “clearable” required.  Contact Derick Catman at derick.catman@stg.com


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