MIP Notes from Coffee 8-9-2019

  • 09 Aug 2019 12:58 PM
    Message # 7820613
    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: 16 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.

    THANKS to those who filled in for me with getting donuts and taking notes during the past month and a half.  Glad to be back!  John O’C

    • ·         AFA Daily Report

    ·         SECAF Nomination Almost ReadyBarbara Barrett's formal nomination to be the next Air Force secretary remains held up as officials finish the ethics paperwork required to send her name to the Senate for consideration, two sources tell Air Force Magazine. “They are in the final stages of completing all of the ethics paperwork,” a source close to the Barretts said in an email. “There are no showstoppers.” It takes a while to unwind the nominee from her extensive business resume, a Senate aide added. President Donald Trump announced his intent to pick the former chair of The Aerospace Corporation and deputy administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration to lead the Air Force in May. Barrett “looks forward to a confirmation hearing as early as possible in September,” the source close to the family said.  (5 August 2019)

    • ·         North Korea Took $2 Billion in Cyber Attacks to Fund Weapons Program—UN Report.  North Korea has generated an estimated $2 billion for its weapons of mass destruction programs using “widespread and increasingly sophisticated” cyber attacks to steal from banks and cryptocurrency exchanges, according to a confidential U.N. report seen by Reuters on August 5.  (6 August 2019)
    • ·         Hacker Community to Take on DARPA Hardware Defenses at DEF CON 2019.  This August, DARPA will bring a demonstration version of a secure voting ballot box equipped with hardware defenses in development on the System Security Integrated Through Hardware and Firmware (SSITH) program to the DEF CON 2019 Voting Machine Hacking Village.  The SSITH program is developing methodologies and design tools that enable the use of hardware advances to protect systems against software exploitation of hardware vulnerabilities.  (6 August 2019)
    • ·         Faster Civilian Hiring.  The Air Force Sustainment Center launched a new website that aims to streamline civilian recruitment for jobs that are available through expedited hiring authorities, as the service tries to speed up its hiring process and attract more qualified candidates.  “We wanted a process that was seamless, user-friendly and transparent to our applicants,” Dana Crowe, the center’s personnel director, said in an August 5 release.  The website makes it easier for people outside the military to find government jobs because job seekers don’t have to be on a base network to access it, added Sarah Walker, the branch chief for the personnel directorate.  The site also offers information on various hiring paths and job-application advice.  The Air Force is pushing faster hiring practices in places like the Air Force Research Laboratory and in areas such as software development.  (7 August 2019)
    • ·         Speed Wins: MacDill AFB Contracting Awards 100K in Swift Fashion.  In order to compete in the future, innovative ideas to improve fleet readiness must reach the warfighter quickly.  In order to do just that, the 6th Contracting Squadron hosted its first-ever Pitch Day Aug. 1 at MacDill Air Force Base, where local small businesses proposed innovative ideas to help increase overall base efficiency and mission effectiveness.  (7 August 2019)
    • ·         OPINION: Section 804 Gives the US an Advantage in Great Power Competition with China and Russia.  “The beauty of Section 804 is that you could describe it on a bar napkin,” write Acting Air Force Secretary Matt Donovan and Assistant Air Force Secretary for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Will Roper.  “It establishes a series of common-sense reforms: Begin prototyping earlier, nearly a year and half earlier than under the old system; give engineers more time for testing and troubleshooting; and keep flawed concepts from entering production and operations—a whopping 70 percent of any program’s total cost.”  Defense News(8 August 2019)
    • ·         Air Force General’s Supporters Mount Campaign to Make Him Leader of Space Force.  Air Force Lt. Gen. Steven Kwast, who recently left his post as commander of Air Education and Training Command at JB San Antonio-Lackland, is expected to hang up his uniform soon.  But former associates and others close to Kwast, a decorated fighter pilot, say he deserves one more assignment: four-star head of the US Space Force, a new branch of the military that Congress is poised to create in coming months. Military.com(9 August 2019)
    • ·         Montgomery Mayoral Candidates IT Forum.
    • ·         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)
    • ·         AFCEA Leadership Reception.  The reception for all new leaders connected with Gunter and Maxwell Information and Communication activities will be on August 13 at Arrowhead Country Club, 1730 - 1900.  The new leadership are:
    • ·         Col (s) Dany Strakos, AFLCMC/HIZ
    • ·         Patricia Jones, Director DISA Montgomery
    • ·         Lt Col Brian Kirchner, Commander 26 NOS
    • ·         Maj. Mary “Molly” Braun, 42 CS Commander

    (2 August 2019)

    • ·         Contract Updates:  (9 August 2019)
    • ·         There’s been another SBEAS protest, so awards may be delayed until October 2019.
    • ·         The ILS-S will be solicited via Vets 2 contract.
    • ·         The HIA cloud migration work that Leidos has will go to an ANC.
    • ·         Robbins-Gioia has been acquired by Acorn Growth, a venture capital entity.  (9 August 2019)
    • ·         MGMWerx.
    • ·         MGMWERX is up for the 2019 MGM Impact Maker Award for small business!  Please vote to ensure they win.  This recognition will further solidify the value of MGMWERX to the Montgomery community as a whole and support our outside-of-the-gate resource standing to our Air University customers!  To vote for MGMWerx, (and candidates in other categories) go to https://www.montgomerychamber.com/form/view/17585.  (9 August 20190
    • ·         The MGMWerx website is at https://mgmwerx.org/what-we-do/.  If you are not already on their notification list, you can be added by visiting the site. 
    • ·         Smart Community – Coding Sprint Are you a developer, designer, or technical writer?  The MGMWERX team wants to hear from you!  Applications are being accepted for participation in the Smart Community – Coding Sprint on August 25-28 in Downtown Montgomery, AL at MGMWERX.  We invite all experience levels of developers, designers, and writers to apply for this competitively selected team. The goal is to create an application that will help keep both military and civilian communities aware of what's going in the city!  Team members will leave with experience in an Agile software development environment, experience creating an open source minimum viable product, and receive credit in their developers’ programming portfolio.  Also, team members will receive some really cool swag and entrance to the Air Force Information Technology & Cyberpower Conference (AFITC).  Apply at: http://bit.ly/MGMWERXCodingSprint (Link is case sensitive.)  (2 August 2019)
    • ·         AFITC.
    • ·        Innovate AFITC. Please see the full memo from Charisse Stokes on innovateAFITC at the end of the notes.
    • o   During the AFITC there will be 4 separate challenges for InnovateAFITC.  The challenges are being supported by Hyundai, AUM, Alabama Power, and Air University.
    • o   Volunteers Needed for innovateAFITC (Aug. 23-25).  There are a wide variety of volunteer opportunities available throughout the weekend ranging from setup, check-in, monitoring of activities, helping with refreshments, and escort of distinguished visitors (DVs).  We really need help from companies that participate in MIP. It only takes a few hours over that weekend.  Please encourage participation.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Daugherty_Brian@bah.comby Tuesday August 13.   More details about innovateAFITC are at http://innovateafitc.com/or you can contact Charisse Stokes (cstokes@montgomerychamber.com).  This event is sponsored by AFCEA, SAF/CIO, and TechMGM.
    • o   There are going to be many dignitaries from the Pentagon (CIO, CTO, CEO, and others), AU and PEO-BES that are participating as judges.  This is a great opportunity for local small businesses to have a dialog with them.
    • ·         Small Business Workshop.  See the agenda at the end of the notes for the Small Business Workshop to be held during 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)

    ·         MGM E-Sports & Gaming.  The AFCEA Montgomery Chapter, in partnership with AFITC, TechMGM, and Dell, invite you participate in the MGM eSports & Gaming CS:GO Tournament on Tuesday, August 27th, 1700-1900.  Single and team registrations will both be taken.  Single registrants will be pooled into a team of 5 and notified ahead of time who their teammates will be and their team name, though it is recommended to register for the event as a team if possible.  Registration is $5 (individual) and $25 (team).  If you and some friends want to play together but don't have enough for your own team, please put their names and emails in the details of your registration so we can keep you together on a team if possible!  Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mgm-esports-and-gaming-afitc-csgo-tournament-tickets-66565329693.   (2 August 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)
    • ·         Northrop Grumman Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) Industry Day.  NG is hosting an Industry Day to engage with their small business industry base related to the GBSD program.  The event will be held at the Renaissance Montgomery on 21 August 2019 from 0930-1730.  Advance registration (with names and titles of up to 2 representatives per company) along with a company briefing should be send to cascade.mittman@ngc.com or joseph.addelmalak@ngc.com NLT 16 August.  A copy of the flyer with additional information is attached to the notes.  (9 August 2019)
    • ·         Military Night at the MMFA.  The annual Military Night at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts will be Thursday evening, 22 August.  This is free for all military (Active/Guard/Reserve/Retired) and immediate family.  Dreamland BBQ will provide food, and music will be by Pre-Sputnik, celebrating the first moon landing with music from the first 57 years of the 20th Century.  (2 August 2019)
    • ·         Base Gate Closures for Construction.
    • ·         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)
    • ·         Chamber of Commerce.
    • ·         Eggs and Issues: Sen Doug Jones (D-AL).  The next “Eggs and Issues will be on 3 September 2019 at the RSA Activity Center, 201 Dexter Avenue from 0730-0830.  To sign up go to https://www.montgomerychamber.com/events/details/eggs-and-issues-with-senator-doug-jones-6222.  $25 for Chamber Members and $35 for non Chamber members. (9 August 2019)
    • o   The Eggs and Issues on 14 August 2019 with Rep Martha Roby (R-Al) is SOLD OUT.
    • ·         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)
    • ·         Alabama National Guard Hiring Event.  On November 1, 2019, there is a unique opportunity to partner with the Army/Air National Guards for a hiring event for their guard members, spouses, and grown children.  Approximately 1800 guard members will be present that weekend, and with spouse and family in attendance, there could be a pool of 3,600 potential candidates.  We are working on a portal system that would allow the guardsmen and women to attach their resume to a form created for a specific skill set (i.e. IT, healthcare, maintenance, public service).  This would allow you, the employer, the opportunity to be able to peruse those applicants that contain the skills needed for your job opening, and would allow you the opportunity to schedule an onsite interview with that individual.  Both applicant and employer will have a link or password to access our website.  As a participating employer, you would also be able to post some information about your company and the candidates you are seeking.  If you have open positions and would like to participate in this event, please email me as soon as possible so that I can include your company name and logo in the communication going out to the guardsmen.  Full details will be provided closer to the event, but the National Guard will be promoting the event at guard weekend for the next two months.  I hope this will prove to be beneficial for both employer and employee alike, and that it can become an annual event.  Contact Gindi Prutzman, gindi.prutzman@centralalabamaworks.com, 334.300.8592, www.centralalabamaworks.com (9 August 2019)
    • ·         For our local businesses, this is an opportunity to have easy access to a large pool of candidates who, in many cases, have skills from their Guard duties that can apply directly to your job vacancies!
    • ·         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)
    • ·         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 topic 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)

    ·         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)

    ·         BEST Robotics.  Behind the scenes a lot of people have worked to establish a new host and venue for the BEST Robotics competition.  The 2019 BEST will be held here in Montgomery with the following key dates:

    • ·         5 Sep - BEST Robotics Kickoff at ASU
    • ·         6 Oct - BEST Robotics Practice Day at Eastdale Mall
    • ·         18 Oct - BEST Robotics Presentation at ASU Continuing Ed (32 Commerce Street)
    • ·         19 Oct - BEST Robotics Competition Game Day at the Montgomery Multiplex

    Volunteers are needed, especially for game day.  Sign up at mgmbest.com, or contact Lee Sumner at aleesumner41@gmail.com or 334.652.8641.  (2 August 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)
    • ·         Sir Richard Branson, global business leader, renowned philanthropist, and founder of Virgin Group will provide the opening keynote address at the 2019 Air Force Association’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference Sept 16-18.
    • ·         AFA Annual Golf Tournament will be on 2 October 2019 at Arrowhead Country Club from 1130 to 1800.  Space is limited so early registration is strongly encouraged.  Go to https://s01.123signup.com/Member?PG=1531364182400&P=15313641339580781433893100&Info= for full information. (9 August 2019)
    • ·         Maxwell AFB Air Show.  Save the dates!!! Saturday 18 April 2020 and Sunday 19 April 2020.  (10 May 2019)
    • ·         Visitors:
    • ·         John Lucas, former BES/FM lucasjohn777@gmail.com
    • ·         Michael Hood, STRATICE Consulting michael@mystratice.com.

    ·         Personnel.

    ·         Warner Robins Job Openings (Datum Software):

    o   SW Dev PM Needed.  There is a position available for a PM at Warner Robins for a software development project.  This is an ongoing project.  Contact Christina Eberdt at 334.418.4633 or christina.eberdt@datumsoftware.com for additional information.  The position description is attached to the notes.

    o   SW Dev Facilities and Equipment Maintenance (FEM).  The position description is attached to the notes.  POC is Paul Garoppo 850.781.6566, paul.garoppo@datumsoftware.com.

    o   Cognos Business Analyst, for Depot Maintenance & Accounting & Production System (DMAPS). The position description is attached to the notes.  POC is Paul Garoppo 850.781.6566, paul.garoppo@datumsoftware.com.

    ·         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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