MIP Notes from Coffee 3-8-2019

  • 08 Mar 2019 4:35 PM
    Message # 7207340
    Joni Ahlers (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 Regular MIP meeting: 15 March 2019

    (Doors open NLT 0530; meeting starts at 0615)

    The Offices at Midtown
    Building 500 Interstate Park Drive, Room 507

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

    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.

    REMEMBER: Clocks Change this Weekend
    “Spring Ahead 1 Hour” when you go to bed Saturday night.

    • ·         AFA Daily Report
    • ·         USAF Awards 51 Contracts. 15 minutes each at Pitch Day Fifty-nine small businesses from 24 states came together in New York City on March 6-7 to pitch their innovative ideas to the Air Force in the hopes of breaking into the daunting world of military contracting.  The Air Force awarded 51 contracts on Wednesday alone, immediately delivering $3.5 million with the swipe of a government credit card, with another $5.25 million to be delivered later.  Col. Dale White, the program executive officer for ISR/SOF, said one company told him it was “quicker to get an Air Force contract than it is to get a beer in New York City.”  Read the full story by Amy McCullough(8 March 2018)
    • ·         US Cyber Command and Services Should Take Actions to Maintain a Trained Cyber Mission Force The Defense Department began developing a Cyber Mission Force (CMF) in 2013 to defend its information networks and bring cyber skills to the battlefield. The Government Accountability Office’s has made eight recommendations for executive action.  (8 March 2018)
    • ·         Unisys gets contract for Enterprise IT As A Service.  Unisys Corp., Reston, Virginia, has been awarded a $76,346,901 Other Transaction Authority to execute the Enterprise IT as a service end user services risk reduction effort experiment.  This agreement provides for an experiment of the commercial delivery of standardized, innovative, and agile Information Technology services, including an Enterprise service desk and end user devices, to a select group of bases.  Work will be performed at Buckley Air Force Base (AFB), Colorado, Maxwell AFB, Alabama; Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany; Offutt AFB, Nebraska; Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson, Alaska; Cannon AFB, New Mexico; Hurlburt Field, Florida; and Pope Field, North Carolina, with possible scaling of up to 20 bases during the experiment.  Work is expected to be complete by February 2022.  Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance funds in the full amount are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom AFB, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity (FA8726-19-9-0001).  (8 March 2018)
    • ·         A2/A6 Merger, Lt Gen VeraLinn Jamieson confirmed The Air Force is merging its headquarters staffs to integrate intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance with cyber effects operations efforts to enable coordinated Title 10 and Title 50 actions across the range of military operations, while elevating chief information officer roles and responsibilities.  In laymen’s terms, the Air Force is realigning the staffs and streamlining oversight, policy and guidance functions to create greater integration and effectiveness to be more competitive in the increasingly contested warfighting domains. At the same time, this realignment enables the CIO to better focus on statutory CIO responsibilities.  The current National Defense Strategy is driving the requirements and priorities. Combining the functions of cyber effects operations, warfighter communications and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance will break down barriers and enable greater coordination across the range of military operations.  The new arrangement establishes a single deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and cyber effects operations (AF/A2/6) which will streamline oversight, policy and guidance.  For the full announcement, go to https://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1772380/air-force-merging-intelligence-surveillance-and-reconnaissance-staffs-with-cybe/. (8 March 2018)
    • ·         Alabama World Affairs Council.  The next event will be on Tuesday 12 March 2019, featuring Dr. Adam Segal, an American cybersecurity expert and China scholar.  He serves as the Ira A. Lipman Chair in Emerging Technologies and National Security and Director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations.  This will be held at Troy University’s Montgomery Campus in the Gold Room, 231 Montgomery Street (next to the Davis Theater.  This is free to members, and non-members are $20 at the door.  Make your reservations TODAY at https://alwac.org/events/ (nonmembers can also join on the website) or by emailing awacBullen@gmail.com(8 March 2019)
    • ·         MGMWerx.
    • ·         MGMWerx is hosting librarians from around the local area to a meeting on how emerging technology can be applied to libraries and library science.  (1 March 2019)
    • ·         AFCEA Coming Events
    • ·         AFCEA LuncheonDATE CHANGE!! The next AFCEA luncheon date is being changed due to a schedule conflict.  STAND BY…  The guest speaker will be Frank J. Cilluffo, Director of Auburn University’s McCrary Institute for Cyber and Critical Infrastructure Security.  (8 March 2019)
    • o   MIP Table.  If you are not going to be at a corporate table, plan on joining us and Sit with MIP.  Same price, you get to sit with the cool kids, and avoid the “Table of Misfit Toys” at the back of the room. J.  Contact John O’Connor at sactrndklr@gmail.com or mipdistro@mgm-partners.org before you make your reservation on the website. 
    • o   We have almost 2 tables filled already!!(8 March 2019)
    • ·         MITS, 20-22 May 2019.
    • o   MITS SPONSORS!!!! Sponsorships are OPEN for reservations.  If you want to have the same sponsorship as last year, you need to make your commitment early.  Go to www.afceamontgomery.org/sponsorships and sign up NOW!
    • o   Great opportunities for conference break sponsors for just $550.
    • o   16th tee box is still available.
    • o   Lots of other opportunities to highlight your company and support the Montgomery AFCEA Education Foundation and scholarships.
    • o   MITS Golf and Conference registrations for individuals are now available on the website as well
    • ·         Young AFCEANs.  There are 3 upcoming walk/run Get Fit events:
    • o   6 April 2019, Centerpoint 5K, Willis Bradford YMCA, McQueen Smith Road,  Prattville, register NLT 27 March https://afceamontgomery.wildapricot.org/event-3230926
    • o   27 April 2019, Walk of Life 5K, downtown Montgomery, register NLT 17 April https://afceamontgomery.wildapricot.org/event-3230944
    • o   Planning has started for another resume workshop.  Stay tuned!
    • ·         Global Azure Bootcamp.  Announcing the Global Azure Bootcamp 2019 hosted by Troy University's IT Society on 27 April 2019.  Global Azure Bootcamp provides a one day deep dive class on all things Azure and Microsoft's posture on Cloud Computing.  See https://twitter.com/I85Cyber/status/1097542062361194497(22 February 2019)
    • ·          “Pre-MITS” Golf Tournaments
    • ·         MOAA Scholarship Golf Tournament.  The annual golf tournament to benefit the scholarship fund will be held on 4 April 2019 at the Arrowhead Country Club.  Thanks to the tournament, $15,000 in scholarships were awarded last year.  Individual golfer or team signups, as well as corporate sponsorships are available.  Proceeds benefit the Montgomery Area Military Officers Scholarship Foundation (MAMOSF) which awards scholarships to high school seniors in the river region, regardless of military affiliation. For more information or to sign up, contact Lynn Oborn at lfoborn@yahoo.com.  (25 January 2019)
    • ·         ICS 13th Annual AFCEA Golf Tournament.  The 13th Annual AFCEA Golf Tournament will be held at the Wynlakes Golf & Country Club on Monday, April 22nd, with registration starting at 1100 and shotgun start at 1230.  $75 per player includes green fees, golf cart and lunch.  Register at www.icsinc.com/events/.  Proceeds to benefit the Montgomery AFCEA Education Foundation.  (22 February 2019)
    • ·         UNISYS Montgomery Golf Tournament.  This year’s annual UNISYS Golf tournament will be on Monday 29 April 2019 at the Arrowhead Country Club.  Online registration and payment are available at https://unisysmontgomerygolf.org/.  UNISYS POC is Mac McDonald (mark.mcdonald@unisys.com(22 February 2019)
    • ·         Montgomery Zoo Weekend will be held this weekend 9-10 March at the Montgomery Zoo.  This weekend will feature a number of special events, as well as fund raisers, targeted for renovation of the reptile house.  If you would like to contribute baked goods for the Zoo bake Sale, contact Ted Lowry (cthedford@charter.net).  (22 February 2019)
    • ·         Chamber of Commerce.
    • ·         Upcoming Events:
    • o   21 March 2019, Business After Hours, Dream Field Farm, 6376 US 82, Fitzpatrick AL 1600-1800
    • o   9 April 2019, MACC/AU Golf Challenge, Montgomery Country Club
    • o   10 April 2019, Alabama Update, Gov. Kay Ivey, RSA Activity Center

    Other Chamber Events. 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.

    • ·         MOAA. 
    • ·         MOAA Scholarship.  Applications for this year’s scholarship are available for download at www.macmoaa.org/home/scholarship/.  The scholarship is available to high school seniors in Autauga, Elmore, Lowndes, and Montgomery counties served by the Montgomery Chapter.  Applicants do not have to have a military affiliation.  All applications, transcripts and letters of recommendation must be submitted by 26 April 2019.  (25 January 2019)
    • ·         MOAA Luncheon.  The March luncheon will be held at the Maxwell Club on Thursday 14 March 2019.  The guest speaker will be Lt Col Josh Jensen who is the Operations Division Chief for the LeMay Wargaming Institute.  He will discuss how joint leaders are challenged by using structured decision making processes within purpose build scenarios to prepare for future conflicts.  Social Hour begins at 1100, luncheon 1150-1300.  Reservations must be made by Friday 8 March.  For tickets or information, contact John O’Connor (sactrndklr@gmail.com) or Lt Col John Camp (campjhj@charter.net).  (22 February 2019)
    • ·         Gathering of Eagles.
    • ·         In addition to the activities at ACSC for “Eagles Week,” there will be many community events, including an Evening with the Eagles at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival on 29 May.  To support the Foundation and its outreach programs for STEM and related education initiatives, go to www.goefoundation.org(22 February 2019)
    • ·         AFA’s Gathering of Eagles Luncheon.  The annual Gathering of Eagles luncheon will be 28 May 2019 at the Capital City Club.  Details and registration will be posted on the AFA Chapter’s website at http://www.123signup.com/home?Org=AFA in the near future.  (22 February 2019)
    • ·         Gunter Gate Construction.  This was blank last week.  Nothing to report.  They continue to move dirt around, although it is several feet higher than when they started several months ago.  UPDATE:  Today the dirt is wet.  (1 March 2019)
    • ·         Visitors:
    • ·         Likia Hawkins, President/CEO, Steel Point Solutions,
    • http://www.steelpoint-llc.com/

    ·         Personnel.

    • ·         Barbara Dobbins, a member of the Gunter community for many years, passed away March 1, 2019.  Services were March 6 in Auburn.  In lieu of flowers, donations are respectfully requested to the Congregational Care work in the REACH program: 139 S Gay Street, Auburn, AL 36830.

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