MIP Notes from Coffee 9-6-2019

  • 06 Sep 2019 2:07 PM
    Message # 7867333
    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: 13 September 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.

    • ·         AFA Daily Report
    • ·         Hurricane Season 2019 is Here. Is the Air Force Ready?  Heading into peak hurricane season, the Air Force is taking steps to learn from the devastation Hurricane Michael caused in the Florida Panhandle.  Multiple studies have spurred changes from command and control to facility requirements, some of which are already in place for the 2019 hurricane season.  “Just like any other near-peer adversary that we have, I think the Air Force is starting to recognize weather as an adversary as well,” said Lt. Col. Perry Sweat, commander of the 96th Weather Squadron at Eglin AFB, Fla.  “We need to look at it [through] the same lens.  (26 August 2019)
    • ·         Information Warfare Merger Expected in Fall as USAF Adds Missions The long-planned merger of 24th and 25th Air Forces into a new information-warfare organization has been pushed from summer into the fall, as its portfolio expands to cover weather specialists and several other activities, Air Combat Command chief Gen. Mike Holmes said Aug. 23.  He detailed the functions and expanding responsibilities of the new numbered Air Force during a status check on ACC activities at an AFA breakfast in Arlington, Va.  (26 August 2019)
    • ·         USAF Shuffles C4ISR Leaders; Jamieson to Retire Three Air Force officers will shuffle around to new jobs on the Joint Staff and within the intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance community, the service announced August 22.  Meanwhile, Lt. Gen. VeraLinn Jamieson, USAF deputy chief of staff for ISR and cyber effects operations, will retire Jan. 1, 2020, according to her official biography.  Air Forces Cyber boss Maj. Gen. Robert Skinner is also leaving his post in September to serve as US Indo-Pacific Command’s director of command, control, communications, and cyber, a 24th Air Force spokeswoman recently confirmed.  His replacement has not yet been named.  (26 August 2019)

    ·         Oracle Brings DoD Cloud Case to Federal Appeals Court.  Oracle Corp. is appealing a federal claims court’s decision to deny the company’s complaints that the Pentagon is mishandling its search for a department-wide cloud platform.  That brings the lawsuit to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  In July, a Court of Federal Claims judge found that Oracle failed to meet certain criteria laid out in the Defense Department’s Joint Enterprise Department Infrastructure solicitation.  Because the company couldn’t fulfill all of the requirements, the court ruled Oracle can’t claim the Pentagon is discriminating against it for other reasons.  (27 August 2019)

    • ·         Compass Call Appears to Take On New Mission.  The Air Force’s EC-130H Compass Call electronic-attack plane has taken on a new role at the intersection of cyber and electronic warfare, according to Capitol Hill researchers. “Compass Call is normally used to jam enemy radars and communications,” an August 13 Congressional Research Service report said. “However, in recent years, it has been used to transmit computer code to wireless devices using radio frequencies.”  An Air Combat Command spokeswoman declined to comment on that new mission because it is classified. It’s unclear whether the Compass Call is passing friendly code between friendly forces or whether it’s meant to disrupt enemy operations.  (29 August 2019)
    • ·         US Space Command Takes Reins on Space Ops, But Questions Remain.  President Donald Trump formally revived US Space Command to oversee daily space operations in an Aug. 29 White House ceremony, the most recent step in the federal government’s overhaul of military space organizations. “The dangers to our country constantly evolve, and so must we,” Trump said. “Now, those who wish to harm the United States, to seek to challenge us in the ultimate high ground of space, it’s going to be a whole different ball game.” But as the 11th unified combatant command gets to work, questions about how many people it will employ, where its permanent headquarters will sit, and which responsibilities it will take on and when remain unanswered.  (30 August 2019)
    • ·         OTS Beta Courses Test Accelerated Commissioning Program for SNCOs.  Air University is testing a new, accelerated program to help fast-track qualifying Air Force senior non-commissioned officers looking to commission as second lieutenants. Beta tests for the Officer Training School-Accelerated Commissioning Program, scheduled to run in August and November of this year, will each last 14 days, compared to the current program, which lasts 40 training days.  (30 August 2019)
    • ·         Defense Department Awards Its Other Multibillion Cloud Contract.  While the Pentagon and Oracle continue to fight over the JEDI cloud, the Defense Department and General Services Administration announced the award of the department’s other multibillion-dollar cloud contract, the Defense Enterprise Office Solutions. The potential $7.6 billion contract to provide back-office tools like email, word processing, spreadsheets, and file-sharing was awarded to a team led by CSRA, a managed affiliate of General Dynamics Information Technology.  (30 August 2019)
    • ·         OPINION: The US Must Prepare for a Cyber “Day After.”  “The government needs a continuity plan to ensure that critical data and technology remains available after a devastating network attack,” writes Samantha Ravich, chair of the Center on Cyber and Technology Innovation at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a commissioner on the Congressional Cyberspace Solarium Commission.  (30 August 2019)
    • ·         New Commanders at 2nd, 25th Air Forces.  Two numbered Air Forces got new two-star commanders in change-of-command ceremonies on Aug. 29.  Maj. Gen. Andrea Tullos (former 42 ABW/CC at Maxwell AFB) became the newest commander of 2nd Air Force in an Aug. 29 ceremony at Keesler AFB, Miss. Second AF oversees basic military training and technical training for most of the service.  Maj. Gen. Timothy Haugh took command of 25th Air Force during an Aug. 29 ceremony at JB San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.  The organization oversees the service’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, electronic warfare, and cryptology resources.  (3 September 2019)
    • ·         The Pentagon Is Exploring New Ways to Isolate Its Networks.  The Pentagon is investing millions of dollars in research to improve the department’s air-gapping methods, which would better protect the sensitive data flowing between military IT systems. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency on Aug. 28 awarded General Electric an $8.6 million contract to prototype hardware and software designs that would help keep highly sensitive data physically isolated from other parts of the Pentagon’s tech infrastructure.  (3 September 2019)
    • ·         Pentagon AI Leader Optimistic About More Money, New Projects in 2020.  A top official in charge of rolling out artificial intelligence across the Defense Department says 2020 will be a “breakout year” for AI capabilities. Lt. Gen. Jack Shanahan, director of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, told reporters at an Aug. 30 briefing that his group’s biggest undertaking in the coming fiscal year will focus on aspects of combat maneuvers and fires that range from intelligence fusion to “all-domain” command and control. The organization is asking for about three times as much funding in 2020 as it received from Congress in 2019.  (3 September 2019)
    • ·         In New Book, Retired Air Force Major Claims Alien Was Killed at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.  Was an alien shot and killed in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey?  A new book titled, “Strange Craft: The True Story of an Air Force Intelligence Officer’s Life with UFOs,” claims that a military police officer shot an extraterrestrial being at Fort Dix in the early morning hours of Jan. 18, 1978.  (3 September 2019)

    ·         USAF Developing “Cyber Flight Plan” to Determine Intelligence Future The Air Force is developing a new “cyber warfare flight plan” that will lay out a path for merging various types of intelligence in a secure cloud so airmen around the world can access and analyze it, the service’s top intelligence official said Sept. 4.  Lt. Gen. VeraLinn “Dash” Jamieson, the service’s deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, and cyber effects operations, said the flight plan is looking at how to develop a network that integrates traditional ISR sensors and platforms in each domain with electronic warfare and cyberspace tools to “give us what we call a collaborative sensing grid.”  (5 September 2019)

    • ·         DoD Seeks Ethicist to Guide Deployment of Artificial Intelligence The Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, stood up just last year, has plans to hire an ethicist to help guide the Defense Department's development and application of artificial intelligence technologies.  (5 September 2019)
    • ·         Senate to Consider Barrett for SECAF.  The Senate Armed Services Committee has scheduled a September 12 hearing to consider Barbara Barrett’s expected nomination for Air Force secretary, according to its website.  Barrett served as deputy administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration in the 1980s and has held various positions in diplomacy and aerospace research.  If confirmed, she would take over the Air Force’s top civilian post from Matt Donovan, who has served as acting secretary since former Secretary Heather Wilson left for academia at the end of May.  President Donald Trump in May announced his intent to nominate Barrett but has not yet formally done so.  Politico first reported on the coming nomination hearing, where Barrett is slated to appear alongside Acting Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy as he vies to make his job permanent.  (6 September 2019)
    • ·         DoD: Contractors Will Need Cyber Certification Beginning Next Summer.  Bidders for Air Force contracts, or any Pentagon business, will have to get certified as cybersecure before they can win the work starting next year, according to Katie Arrington, the newly minted chief information security officer for the assistant defense secretary for acquisition.  Arrington told the Billington Cybersecurity Summit in Washington, D.C., on September 5 that the new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification framework, or CMMC, is out in draft form for public comment.  It would start appearing as a requirement in pre-solicitation acquisition documents like RFIs in June.  "In the fall, we will start putting it into [actual bid solicitation documents like] RFPs," she said.  (6 September 2019)
    • ·         Air Force Contends Space Force Should Not Have Separate Acquisition Office.  The Senate version of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act that creates a Space Force within the Department of the Air Force also proposes a major reorganization of the office that manages the acquisition of Air Force weapons systems. Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Will Roper says he understands the Senate’s motivation, but believes spinning off a new acquisition organization could create more problems than it would solve.  (6 September 2019)
    • ·         Air Force Expands 5G As It Transforms to Multi-Domain Ops: Donovan.  Enabling multi-domain command and control is "how the Air Force becomes the quarterback, the play-caller of the joint warfighting force," says Acting Air Force Secretary Matt Donovan.  (6 September 2019)
    • ·         Air University Library Digitizes Research, Products for Remote Air Force, DoD Access.  The Air University Library is currently digitizing and cataloging 2,500 linear feet of analog resources to make the entire collection of unclassified AU research and products readily available to the larger Air Force and Defense Department communities.  (6 September 2019)
    • ·         Cyber Stars: JAF, US Partnership Foils Attacks During Eager Lion 19.  The attacks on the network came amidst a US-Jordan cyber training program that is at its most robust in this year’s exercise. Cyber is a key component of Eager Lion, which is US Central Command's premiere exercise in the Levant region and is a major training event that provides US forces, Jordan Armed Forces, and 28 other participating nations the opportunity to improve their collective ability to plan and operate in a coalition-type environment.  (6 September 2019)
    • ·         AFITC
    • ·         Another AFITC is behind us.  A lot of the initial feedback has been very positive, from the quality of the speakers to the diverse topics in the seminars, but there is always room to improve.  If you have any feedback, (good, bad or ugly) please pass along to Ken Heitkamp (Ken.Heitkamp@charter.net) or you can send to MIPDistro@mgm-partners.org.
    • ·         AFCEA.  The Montgomery AFCEA Chapter will hold its Chapter Annual Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, September 24 at 11:30 at Wynlakes Country Club.  Ms. Tanya Lambert, Chief Business Transformation, PEO/BES, will speak on BESPin.  Tickets are $25 for Individuals and $200 for an 8 seat Corporate Table.  Registration will close at 4:00PM on Thursday, September 19th, so get your tickets now!  See http://www.afceamontgomery.org/event-3536316?CalendarViewType=1&SelectedDate=9/3/2019 for full details and to sign up.  (6 September 2019)
    • ·         MGMWerx.
    • ·         EI Summit 16-18 September 2019, 0900-1700.The Montgomery EI Summit will be a fascinating, engaging, and enjoyable one-, two-, or three-day learning experience for embedding Emotional Intelligence daily to enhance and achieve work-life excellence.  Choose from the two-day EI Certification Workshop on September 16-17, the EI for Success Coaching Workshop on September 18, or attend both to maximize the Summit’s benefits for developing, strengthening, and enhancing emotional intelligence.  The workshops are led by the authors of the education and transformative model of emotional intelligence, Dr. Gary Low and Dr. Richard Hammett.  To register, please visit https://www.eventleaf.com/Montgomery_EI_Summit or for any questions you may have about the summit, email support@EiLearningSys.com with questions.  (23 August 2019)
    • ·         Base Gate Closures for Construction.
    • ·         Dalraida Gate Closure (Gunter).  The Dalraida gate is scheduled to be closed from 23 September through 23 October to complete the new gate construction.  This is an updated schedule.  The Congressman Dickinson gate will remain the 24/7 access gate.  (16 August 2019)
    • ·         Chamber of Commerce.
    • ·         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)

    ·         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 days.  Sign up at mgmbest.com, or contact Lee Sumner at aleesumner41@gmail.com or 334.652.8641.  (2 August 2019)

    • ·         MOAA.  MOAA will resume their monthly luncheons on Thursday 12 September at the Maxwell Club.  Social Hour begins at 1100, luncheon 1150-1300.  The speaker will be Jeff Rogers, a local author who wrote: Old Hickory Recon – Memories of the 30th Infantry Division 1943-1945.  He will describe the wartime experiences of Marion Sanford, former mayor of Wetumpka.  Menu choices are Club Sandwich, Vegetarian Salad (both $16) or Sliced Pork platter ($17).  Reservations must be made by Friday 6 September (TODAY!).  For tickets or information, contact John O’Connor (sactrndklr@gmail.com) or Lt Col John Camp (campjhj@charter.net).  (23 August 2019)
    • ·         PMI.  The next PMI dinner will be Thursday September 12 at 1730.  This month’s speaker will be John Dennett on the topic Stakeholders: Identifying them and keeping Them Informed!  John is a retired senior Naval Officer, program manager and logistics engineer with over 30 years’ experience.  The meeting will be at the RSA Plaza, Montgomery, AL. Enter parking deck at 777 Adams Avenue.  Register at https://pmisouthalabama.org/index.php/88-general/event-calendar/128-2012-03-13-02-17-17(23 August 2019)
    • ·         Chappy’s Annual “Breakfast for Babies.” 
    • ·         Once again Chappy’s Deli on Perry Hill Road will be holding their annual Breakfast for Babies to benefit the March of Dimes.  If you have never participated, this event can be arguably described as the world’s largest breakfast drive through.  They will be serving from 0530-0900. 
    • ·         There will NOT be donuts at MIP next week, so go by Chappy’s and get your breakfast there and bring it with you.  We will have coffee set up.  (6 September44 2019)
    • ·         Maxwell-Gunter AF Ball.  The Maxwell – Gunter Air Force Ball will be 21 September 2019 from 1800 to 2300 at the Renaissance Hotel and Spa.  Dust off your mess dress and join us for an evening of fellowship and fine dining!  Keynote speaker will be Colonel Jack D. Fischer, former NASA Astronaut!  Tickets are now on sale and will be ongoing from 16 Aug 18 till 6 Sep 18.  Tickets are limited, so please put in your order ASAP!  (16 August 2019)
    • ·         The Ball Committee is looking for Corporate Sponsors and individual donors to help offset some of the costs and subsidize the opportunity for junior airmen to attend. Donations may be made by check, payable to Air University Foundation (memo “For AF Ball”) or online at https://auf.123signup.com/donation/20653.  For further information or any questions, contact MaxwellGunterAirForceBall@gmail.com(6 September 2019)
    • ·         AFA Chapter 102:
    • ·         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)
    • ·         The annual Veterans Day Luncheon will be on 6 November at the Maxwell Club.  Details forthcoming.  (23 August 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.  

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