MIP Notes from Coffee 7-26-2019

  • 26 Jul 2019 11:48 AM
    Message # 7798302
    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: 2 August 2019

    (Doors open NLT 0530; meeting starts at 0615)

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

    Lee Terrell (Steel Point Solutions), Arnie Regan (Gentleman Farmer), 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.

    HELP!!!  We need a note taker for next week (2 August).  Contact John O’Connor sactrndklr@gmail.com

    • ·         AFA Daily Report

    ·         AETC Launches Project NEXUS to Train Tech-Savvy Airmen Air Education and Training Command on July 9 launched a test initiative to spread greater technological knowledge throughout Air Force squadrons, according to a USAF release.  The five-month “Project NEXUS” at AFWERX in Austin, Texas, will bring in 18 airmen from diverse career fields and backgrounds to dig into data science, software development, or app design, the release said.  As part of the boot camp-style training like that offered in commercial industry, three groups of six airmen will complete capstone projects that tackle data science or software-development problems that AETC currently faces, according to Lt. Col. Eric Frahm, director of the command’s Technology Integration Detachment.  “After the 120-day training at Project NEXUS, participants will return to their home units armed with the skills to more effectively solve their career field’s operational problems,” Capt. Kyle Palko, the program’s manager, added.  “If the Project NEXUS prototype ends up delivering outsized output and capable personnel and can scale cost effectively, then we could look at scaling up Air Force-wide.  If not, it would still be a success because we'll take lessons learned and roll them into other Air Force initiatives.”  Project NEXUS runs through November and mirrors other Air Force efforts to build software knowledge across the service.  (22 July 2019)

    • ·         Trump: Administration to Review Pentagon Computer Contract President Donald Trump said July 18 that the administration will “take a very long look” at a massive multibillion-dollar contract the Pentagon is preparing to award for a cloud computing system, citing “tremendous complaints” he’s heard about the process.  (22 July 2019)
    • ·         China Cyber Attacks on AFSPC Contractors "Stealing Us Blind."  “Cyber keeps me up at night,” says Brig. Gen. DeAnna Burt, director of Air Force Space Command operations and communications, because China’s cyber warriors are routinely breaching defense and space contractor networks and stealing data on a regular basis. Breaking Defense(23 July 2019)
    • ·         SECDEF Confirmed, Sworn In.  The Senate on July 23 confirmed Mark Esper to be the 27th defense secretary by a vote of 90-8, and hours later President Donald Trump officially swore him in during a White House ceremony. Esper sailed through his confirmation process, which officially began eight days before the vote when his name was formally submitted to the Senate. The White House on July 23 also formally nominated Pentagon Comptroller David Norquist to be deputy secretary of defense.  (24 July 2019)

    ·         Second Annual AFWERX “Fusion” Event Tackles Multidomain Operation The Air Force wants all the help it can get to tackle a wicked problem like multidomain operations.  AFWERX—a multifaceted Air Force group broadening the service’s outreach to small businesses, helping grow startups, and touting fast prototyping over traditional acquisition—is trying to level the playing field so more companies can contribute to the future multidomain enterprise.  The organization’s “Fusion Xperience” conference a few miles from the Las Vegas Strip brings together around 120 companies that responded to the Air Force’s call for tools that enable “rapid decision-making and coordinated response across multiple domains.”  Startups stand shoulder-to-shoulder with major defense contractors; venture capitalists can scope out potential investment opportunities.  (24 July 2019)

    • ·         NSA to Establish Cybersecurity Directorate,  The National Security Agency’s first-ever cybersecurity directorate, charged with bringing its cyber and foreign-intelligence taskings under a single umbrella and combating risks to America’s defense-industrial base and national security systems, will go operational on October 1.  Anne Neuberger, who previously served as the NSA’s deputy operations director and its inaugural chief risk officer, will head the directorate and report directly to agency boss and US Cyber Command boss Army GEN. Paul Nakasone, the agency said in a release.  The agency said the new directorate is meant to breathe new life into the agency’s “white hat mission,” which will, in turn, create opportunities for new cybersecurity partnerships and clients.  “It will also build on our past successes, such as Russia Small Group, to operationalize our threat intelligence, vulnerability assessments, and cyber defense expertise to defeat our adversaries in cyberspace,” the release said.  Additionally, the directorate is expected to foster better collaboration with the agency’s intragovernmental partners, including CYBERCOM, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  (24 July 2019)
    • ·         New AU/CC Named.  Maj. Gen. James Hecker has been nominated to receive his third star and take over as president of Air University, the Pentagon announced July 24.  Hecker is currently the vice director of operations for the Joint Staff, and had previously been the commander of air operations for the war in Afghanistan. In his new position, Hecker would relieve Lt. Gen. Anthony Cotton, whose next assignment has not been announced.  Air University, located at Maxwell AFB, Ala., provides military education from pre-commissioning to degree-based and continuing education for officers, enlisted personnel, and civilians.  (25 July 2019)
    • o   NOTE: Lt Gen Cotton will become Deputy Commander, AF Global Strike Command.
    • ·         Multi Domain Ops Push Turns to Joint Force.  A high-level governance body could soon emerge to help oversee how the Defense Department collectively pursues multi-domain operations, an Air Force official tells Air Force Magazine.  To truly succeed at quickly calling up any combat capability, anytime and anywhere, multi-domain operations can’t solely be an Air Force venture.  One of the first attempts to broaden multi-domain operations to the joint force will take place at a command and control experimentation center at Nellis AFB, NV, known as the “Shadow Operations Center.”  (25 July 2019)
    • ·         Montgomery Mayoral Candidates IT Forum.
    • ·         DATE CHANGE!!  A forum with candidates for the mayor of Montgomery, focusing on how the City’s IT vision and potential will be held on Thursday 22 August 2019 beginning at 1700 in the Rosa Parks Museum auditorium.  This is an opportunity for those of us in the IT sector to see how these candidates understand the impact of IT on our community.  (21 June 2019)
    • o   With 13 qualified candidates for the Mayoral election, a decision was made to wait until after the initial election and the candidates for the runoff have been identified.  This will allow the forum to be more focused on the most likely candidates and allow for a wider range of topics to be discussed.
    • ·         Help Wanted!  This event needs help from the MIP membership.  We will need a POC to gather questions and prepare “read-aheads” for candidates.  We also need someone to coordinate the invitations and work with the candidates to prepare for the forum.  A moderator is also needed to manage the discussion.  Plan on discussing in detail as a main agenda item for next week’s MIP Meeting.  (21 June 2019)
    • ·         Topics and Questions Needed!!  All Montgomery Area MIP members are asked to draft a question or summary of a discussion topic that can be used during the Mayoral Candidates IT Forum.  Please send to mipdistro@mgm-partners.org and include “Mayoral IT Forum” as the subject.  (12 July 2019)

    ·         Resume Writing Workshop. The Montgomery Chapter's Young AFCEANs, in partnership with Google, invite you to a Resume Writing Workshop, Thursday, August 1st, from 1700-1900, at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1600 Interstate Park Dr, Montgomery, AL 36109.  Experienced volunteers will provide personalized advice to help you build a professional resume, so please bring a printed or digital draft along with a laptop (optional).  Registration fee of $5.00 (cash only please).  To sign up for the resume workshop and to register, please go to: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScChTAMGSr0uao9KhcwKFlStiMxW2g9V5Lj5Su6uVF0qpa18w/viewform(19 July 2019)

    • ·         TRIAD Event at Columbus OH.  The annual TRIAD (Technology Requirements & Innovation Awareness Days) event will be held at Franklin University, Columbus OH 19-23 on August 2019.  Reserve your spot now! Register at: https://www.gdipartners.com/triad-ohio.  For additional information, see https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=a1c7e1db0ab79e056040d6a4277c9cd5&tab=core&_cview=0
    • ·         Base Gate Closures for Construction.
    • ·         Maxwell Main Gate Closure.  The Maxwell Boulevard Gate is closed until 31 July 19 for barrier upgrades.  The Visitors’ Center will remain operational in its current location.  Day Street is the 24/7 gate during the construction, and the Kelly Street gate will have normal hours.  (10 May 2019)
    • ·         Dalraida Gate Closure (Gunter).  The Dalraida gate is scheduled to be closed from 1-30 September to complete the new gate construction.  The Congressman Dickinson gate will remain the 24/7 access gate.  (10 May 2019)
    • ·         MGMWerxHere is the latest on the SBIR/STTR status of the Maj Alex Criss paper on Combatting Aircrew Fatigue.
    • ·         “The SBIR office is exploring a Direct to Phase II for 19.3 SBIR solicitation against the AMC major’s problem set of pilot fatigue and sleep deficit and looking to make it an Open Topic, with the 19.3 DoD’s SBIR/STTR Broad Agency Announcement (sbir.defensebusiness.org) pre -release 23 August, open for solicitation 24 September, and closing 23 October.

    Of note: There is a requirement for an AF sponsor for the capability requirement (AU can potentially fill this role), and later during the Phase II stage, there will be the requirement for an AF user “customer” (seems like AMC, GSC, or ACC would be likely candidates).   MGMWERX will track along with these requirements and provide updates as the effort moves forward.

    • ·         AFITC.
    • ·        Register for AFITC NOW!!  Everyone register for AFITC and spread the word both on and off base, since this is the best line-up of speakers in years.  There is not yet a good showing for Montgomery participants.  Just because you are here in town, don’t put it off (This applies to both Industry and Government!!)  (26 July 2019)
    • ·        AFITC Presentation Papers.  Notifications will be made this week regarding those papers accepted for presentation.  Several MIP members’ papers have already been accepted.  (26 July 2019)
    • ·        Innovate AFITC. During the AFITC there will be 4 separate challenges for Innovate AFITC.  The challenges are being supported by Hyundai, AUM, Alabama Power, and Air University.  Topic details will be published early August.  (19 July 2019)
    • ·         Booth sales are now open for AFITC, 26-28 August 2019.  Go to https://www.afitc-event.com/exhibit/ for information and to reserve your booth space now.  (31 May 2019)
    • ·         Chamber of Commerce.
    • ·         Eggs and Issues with Rep Martha Roby (R-Al).  The Chamber will sponsor an Eggs and Issues breakfast with Rep. Martha Roby on 14 August 2019, 0730-0930, at the RSA Activities Center, Dexter Avenue, downtown Montgomery.  To sign up go to wwww.montgomerychamber.com.  (28 June 2019)
    • ·         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.  (26 July 2019)
    • ·         Montgomery Public Schools.
    • ·         Tutors and Mentors.  Ted Lowry needs volunteers to help a couple of hours a week with his school project this year.  His number is 334-315-9466. He also provided alarming statistics regarding status of college & career readiness throughout the Montgomery Public Schools (ranks 104 out of 108).  (26 July 2019)
    • ·         “Stuff the Bus.”  There is a "Stuff the Bus" school project at Eastdale Mall if anyone would like to place items in the bus or donate money.  There are similar events ongoing in almost all of the local communities. (26 July 2019)
    • ·         AFCEA Leadership Reception.  The reception for new AFCEA leaders is being planned possibly on August 13 @ Arrowhead 5:30-7:00 pm. This may change. (26 July 2019)
    • ·         METRO 360.  There are two good articles in the July edition of Metro 360 Magazine.  One is on MGMWerx, and the other on the current mayor's accomplishments and what he'd like to see for Montgomery going forward.  (26 July 2019)
    • ·         MOAA Luncheon.  There will not be a MOAA luncheon in August, but will resume September 12.  The annual MOAA BBQ will be on 10 August at the Hopper Lodge.  For tickets or information, contact John O’Connor (sactrndklr@gmail.com) or Lt Col John Camp (campjhj@charter.net).  (14 June 2019)
    • ·         PMI Dinner.  14 August 2019.  Social hour and dinner 1730-1930.  The guest speaker will be Tommy R. Lee, Sr., PMP, PMI-ACP, LIMS-EV Project Manager.  The presentation will be: PMI-ACP Certification Journey…Dang, I got audited Sign up at http://www.pmisouthalabama.org/.  You do not have to be a member of PMI to attend.  (19 July 2019)

    ·         Space and Missile Defense Conference.  The annual Space and Missile Defense Conference will be at the von Braun Center in Huntsville, Alabama on August 6, 2019.  For agenda, registration and other information, see www.smdsymposium.org(14 June 2019)

    ·         2019 AFA Community Partner Appreciation LuncheonWe are pleased to announce 2019 AFA Community Partners Appreciation Lunch on August 22, 2019, 1115 to 1300 at the Maxwell AFB Club. Due to limited capacity for this event, make reservations early.  Go to https://s01.123signup.com/servlet/SignUpMember?PG=1531364182300&P=15313641911433784900  (7 June 2019)

    • ·         Cops For Christmas Golf TournamentSince 2003, Cops for Christmas, Inc. has continually assisted children from families that find themselves in unfortunate situations. Through generous donations from local business sponsors and individuals in our community, these children are able to enjoy the basic wish that all children share, gifts at Christmas.  This year, their golf tournament will be on 12 September at Wynlakes Country Club, with registration at 1100, lunch at 1130 and shotgun start at 1300.  Contact copsforchristmasmgy@gmail.com(12 July 2019)
    • ·         AFA 2019 Air, Space & Cyber Conference will be 16-18 September 2019 at the National Harbor Maryland convention center.  Registration and agenda information is now available at https://airspacecyber2019.expotracker.net/index.aspx(3 May 2019)
    • ·         Maxwell AFB Air Show.  Save the dates!!! Saturday 18 April 2020 and Sunday 19 April 2020.  (10 May 2019)
    • ·         Visitors: N/A.

    ·         Personnel.

    • ·         The President has nominated to the Senate the following general officer for appointment to the grade of lieutenant general with assignment as indicated:

    Maj Gen James B. Hecker.

    From: Vice Director, Operations, J-3, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, DC

    To: Commander and President, Air University, Air Education and Training Command, Maxwell AFB, AL

    Lt Gen Anthony J. Cotton
    From: Commander and President, Air University, Air Education and Training
    Command, Maxwell AFB, AL
    TO: Deputy Commander, Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale AFB, LA

    ·         A retirement ceremony in honor of Col Kyna McCall will be held on 23 August 2019 at the Senior NCO Academy Auditorium at 1330.  For information and to RSVP, please go to https://einvitations.afit.edu/inv/anim.cfm?i=462926&k=066740007951.

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