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MONTGOMERY INDUSTRY PARTNERS - 23 SEPTEMBER 2016 NEWSLETTER

  • 23 Sep 2016 3:44 PM
    Message # 4272080
    David Hart (Administrator)

    MONTGOMERY INDUSTRY PARTNERS - 23 SEPTEMBER 2016 NEWSLETTER

    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: 30 September 2016 0615, Building 500 Interstate Park, Room 507
    TEMPORARY LOCATION: Chamber of Commerce Small Business Resource Center, 600 South Court Street (I-85 and Court Street).  Doors will open at 6 AM

    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 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. (Lots of information from the Air, Space and Cyber Conference)
    • ·       Smart People and Smart Machines.  A hacking competition held by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in August showed that automated cyber defenses are needed to protect Pentagon networks, the agency's deputy director said Monday at AFA’s 2016 Air, Space and Cyber Conference.  "What was clear after that competition is that cyber effects won't be counted in months or days anymore … it's going to be down to minutes and seconds," Steven Walker said.  "We're not going to be able to defend our networks with lots and lots of people, we're going to have to automate our defense and use machines to do that."  But Walker said he doesn't believe humans will ever be taken completely out of the equation.  He said DARPA is working on achieving a next, third wave of artificial intelligence that will allow machines to explain themselves to human users, increasing the possible levels of collaboration.  "I think the future DoD, future warfighting, is going to look a lot more like less incredibly smart people working with more incredibly smart machines," Walker said.  "How those two things come together is going to define how we move forward.  (20 September 2016)
    • ·       Finding the Sweet Spot.  The integration of space and cyber has completely changed the nature of warfare, but the Air Force needs to do a better job at multi-domain command and control, said Lt. Gen. Jay Raymond, deputy chief of staff for operations on the Air Staff, at AFA’s 2016 Air, Space and Cyber Conference.  "That's probably the most urgent pressing need" from an operational perspective, said Raymond, who was recently confirmed for his fourth star and for assignment as commander of Air Force Space Command.  "Multi-domain command and control is the sweet spot and we're going to be focusing on that pretty hard the next couple of years."  Lt. Gen. William Bender, USAF chief information officer, said in order to be successful in the dynamic cyber environment, the Air Force must change its cultural mindset.  "We're having to really transform ourselves in a significant way," said Bender.  For example, USAF is looking to modernize its communications squadron, so blue-suited airmen can truly understand the cyber terrain and the systems involved and give commanders "visibility on where the risks are and the risks they are taking," he added.  (20 September 2016)
    • ·       Chunk Education.  In order to address challenges from cybersecurity to the pilot shortage, the Air Force is employing an educational strategy known as "chunk education," said Lt. Gen. Steven L. Kwast, Commander and President of Air University.  This model of "just in time education" shifts emphasis from a degree as the end-goal of an educational process to focused, specialized units of education tailored to very specific problems, Kwast explained at AFA’s 2016 Air, Space and Cyber Conference.  "Education is more than just book knowledge."  He called on the Air Force to leave behind what he called "the industrial age of education" and deliver small units of instruction, often over distance, that can be adapted to the evolving nature of problems, especially in cybersecurity.  A major benefit, Kwast said, would be the ability "to solve problems affordably" in an era of reduced budgets.  The goal of education, he said, is "taking a ten dollar problem, solving it for ten cents, and making your enemy solve it for one hundred dollars."  Questions remain about the accreditation of such certificate programs and the ability of military personnel to transition into the civilian world upon separation.  Kwast addressed this concern by suggesting that chunk education could add up to a degree conferred by Air University, but he admitted that accreditation would remain a challenge until accrediting bodies could "catch up" to the innovative practice.  (20 September 2016)
    • ·       Revitalizing the USAF. New Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein has three areas he wants to deeply study to revitalize the Air Force, and he has named three generals to lead a team charged with figuring out how to do that.  Goldfein, speaking for the first time as Chief at AFA’s 2016 Air, Space and Cyber Conference, said he wants to spend four years looking at how to revitalize the squadrons across the service, strengthen joint leaders and teams, and improve multi-domain command and control.  "If we focus on these, we'll be ready for the next conflict," Goldfein said.  "We have from right now until then to get ready. And it will take all of us—airmen, industry, allies, joint partners.  All of us working together."  "I believe that it is the squadron level where we succeed or fail as an Air Force," Goldfein said.  "It's where our culture resides. It's where airmen are developed, where airmen and families thrives.  Where training and innovation occurs." The service needs to ask the "fundamental question" of what does a 21st century squadron look like, including a possible civilian and military mix.  Brig. Gen. Stephen Davis, the director of manpower, personnel, and services, will lead the team looking at how to revitalize squadrons, civilian and military mix.  Brig. Gen. Brian Killough, the director of strategy, concepts, and assessments, will begin the study of strengthening joint leadership.  Lastly, Brig. Gen. Chance Saltzman, the director of future operations, will look at developing next generation, multi-domain command and control as the joint force moves to the "information age of warfare." (21 September 2016)
    • ·       Worthy Cyber Adversary.  ISIS is among one of the most adaptive and skilled cyber adversaries, Air Force Lt. Gen. Kevin McLaughlin, US Cyber Command's deputy commander, said Tuesday at AFA’s 2016 Air, Space and Cyber Conference. The group's members make robust use of commercially available capabilities, including secure communications, McLaughlin said. "The interesting thing about cyber is you don't have to be a nation state with hundreds of millions of people, you just have to have the ability to find the right number of skilled experts," he said. "They've found the right number of those skilled experts." McLaughlin said CYBERCOM has created a joint task force headed by Army Lt. Gen. Edward Cardon that is responsible for the command's actions in support of US Central Command, but he did not provide details on how US cyber warriors have engaged in the fight against ISIS.  (21 September 2016)
    • ·       Changing Cyber Threat.  US Cyber Command is beginning to see adversaries attempt to attack and take control of networks, rather than just attempt cyber espionage, Air Force Lt. Gen. Kevin McLaughlin, CYBERCOM's deputy commander, said Tuesday at AFA’s 2016 Air, Space and Cyber Conference.  He said such attacks force the targets to question whether they have control over their own networks and whether the data within those networks have good integrity. "It's really a different military problem," he said. McLaughlin noted that while CYBERCOM monitors the nature of cyber threats, it is not involved in responding to most cyber attacks in the media because the command's cyber mission force is only tasked with responding to "attacks of significant consequence" on nonmilitary targets within the US. While the threshold is still being defined, McLaughlin said such a level of attack might occur in the "near future" given the nature and pace of the threat. He said CYBERCOM is training to respond to such an attack, "but it's not routine that DOD forces are out running around at ports and banks and public utilities defending their terrain."  (21 September 2016)
    • ·       No Shortage of Cyber Warriors.  US Cyber Command hasn't had difficulty recruiting the more than 6,000 members of its cyber mission force even though there was early attrition due to the difficulty of the training, CYBERCOM Deputy Commander Lt. Gen. Kevin McLaughlin said Tuesday at AFA’s 2016 Air, Space and Cyber Conference. It's too early to tell if CYBERCOM will be able to retain its experienced cyber warriors in the long-term future, but McLaughlin said he thinks retention bonuses and the chance to do things they wouldn't be able to do in the private industry, including fighting in the cyber domain, will keep enough on board. "We pay a lot of attention to that, but our view is they're not all going to leave," McLaughlin said.  (21 September 2016)
    • ·       What’s a “Cyber Warrior?”  Since USAF doesn't have a common and agreed-upon definition of "cyber warrior," it's "hard to define" who is in the civilian cyber workforce, said Lt. Gen. Gina Grosso, USAF's deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel, and services.  Therefore, Grosso told AFA’s 2016 Air, Space and Cyber Conference attendees, recruiting and retaining within that civilian segment is the biggest "challenge" when held against officer and enlisted cyber warriors, the latter two comprising about 80 percent of the cyber workforce.  Other challenges that cost in the civilian realm is the priority of hiring veterans, Grosso said, which can "work against us" as USAF tries to grab recent graduates.  "What works for one side of the force may not work for another," she said.  Improving lateral entry in the civilian force is a priority for Grosso, who said she understands USAF has to have "access to all the talent in the country.”  (21 September 2016)
    • ·       Protecting Weapon Systems from Cyber Attack.  The Air Force has come up with seven lines of attack for protecting its weapons systems from cyber threats, said Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, commander of Air Force Materiel Command, at AFA’s 2016 Air, Space and Cyber Conference on Wednesday.  The first involves analyzing the mission threat and trying to determine where exactly the threats lie.  This is not always obvious.  Pawlikowski used an F-16 as an example.  Though the jet is not plugged into the system while it's in the air, maintainers use automated test equipment to work on the aircraft while it's on the ground and the operational flight program is created with software.  Both are areas where a threat can be introduced.  Second, the Air Force must figure out how to incorporate cybersecurity into future weapon systems and weapon system upgrades.  It also must develop the right cyber expertise, said Pawlikowski.  The fourth line of attack involves the use of open mission systems that will allow for the rapid and affordable upgrade of weapon systems.  "The cyber threat moves fast and we have to be able to respond quickly.  We can't take 10 years to change out the GPS capability in an airplane if there is a cyber threat that's been able to negate our ability to use GPS as an example," she said.  The Air Force is working to create a classification guide that will establish a common understanding of the security environment.  And, finally, it must figure out how to make legacy systems more resilient to cyber threats and incorporate "cyber intelligence into the solution," said Pawlikowski.  (22 September 2016)
    • o   See http://www.scmagazine.com/air-force-strengthens-weapons-cybersecurity-despite-not-new-funding/article/524426/  for a related article.
    • ·       Robotics Presentation.  Next week, 30 September, the Eastwood Cornerstone Christian Robotics Team will do their presentation to MIP.  This will help them prepare for their competition the following week.  Despite our temporary location at the Small Business Resource Center, we hope we have a large turnout to help provide feedback and critiques.  (23 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 ForumFor 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.  Please RSVP today to bking@montgomerychamber.com (16 September 2016)
    • ·       New Maxwell Class VI Hours.  Effective 18 Sep 16, the Maxwell Class VI store will be open Tuesday through Saturday, 0900-1900 hours. (23 September 2016)

    ·       Downtown Montgomery Revitalization.  More lodging options are coming to downtown Montgomery, which will increase the availability of rooms within walking distance of MITS and AFITC.  Joining the Marriott Renaissance, Embassy Suites, Hampton Inn & Suites, and Doubletree Hotels, will be the Staybridge Suites on Bibb Street (announced a few months ago), and now the Bishop Parker building near the Railyard Brewing Co. will be renovated to become a Springhill Suites Hotel.  (23 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.
    • ·       60 Minute Coffee 12 October, 0800-0900, at 130 Commerce Street at the Alley for Joy to Life(23 September 2016)
    • ·       Business After Hours, 27 October, 1700-1900, at the Waters Blue Heron Club.  (23 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)
    • ·       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)
    • ·       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)
    • ·       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)

    ·       Veteran’s Day Appreciation From Restaurants.  Many restaurants offer free meals or other considerations (free appetizer, desserts) on Veteran’s Day to honor veterans and active, and retired military members.  Some of the participating restaurants include Applebee’s, BJ’s, Chili’s, Denny’s, Golden Corral, IHOP, Longhorn Steakhouse, O’Charley’s, Olive Garden, Golden Corral, Outback, Red Lobster, Red Robin, Smokey Bones, Starbucks, Texas Roadhouse, and T.G.I. Friday’s.  Be sure to check the website of your favorite restaurant for details and any limitations.  (23 September 2016)

    • ·       Maxwell Air Show/Open House.  8-9 April 2017 has been set as the date for this spring’s Maxwell Open House and Air Show with the Thunderbirds.
    • ·       Visitors:
    • ·       N/A
    • ·       Personnel.
    • ·       Congratulations to Maj Eric Mowles (Det 5 CC) and his wife Brittany on the birth of their son Noah James (19 Sep 16, 8 lb 14 oz)
    • ·       A retirement ceremony will be held on 29 Sept 16 for Mr. Morris “Frank” Spencer, AFLCMC/HNK at 1330 in the Building 892 Auditorium.  Invitation and details can be found at https://einvitations.afit.edu/inv/anim.cfm?i=311873&k=016043017C54.
    • ·       Position(s) Available:
    • ·       N/A.


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