MIP Notes from Coffee 9-13-2019

  • 13 Sep 2019 10:56 AM
    Message # 7879404
    Joni Ahlers (Administrator)

    NEXT Regular MIP meeting: 20 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

    ·         USAF Deputy CIO: Changing IT Acquisition Makes Contractors Responsible for Security.  As the Air Force starts to buy information technology services like any other commodity, the service’s contractors and vendors will be increasingly central to its cybersecurity, the service’s Deputy Chief Information Officer Bill Marion said September 5.  “We have to flip the whole paradigm” of cybersecurity, moving from a view with the Air Force at the center to one where the service’s vendors are doing the heavy lifting, he told the Billington Cybersecurity Summit in Washington, D.C.  The new paradigm implied that defense officials might need advance information about business moves by contractors, he said.  (9 September 2019)

    • ·         White House Announces Barrett Nomination.  The White House on Sept. 9 announced that it sent Barbara Barrett’s nomination to the Senate for consideration to be the next Air Force secretary, about four months after President Donald Trump said on Twitter the former Federal Aviation Administration deputy administrator was his pick to succeed outgoing SECAF Heather Wilson.  The Senate Armed Services Committee appears ready to fast-track the nomination and has scheduled a Sept. 12 hearing to consider Barrett’s nomination.  If confirmed, she would take over the Air Force’s top civilian post from Matt Donovan, who has served as acting secretary since Wilson left for academia at the end of May.  (10 September 2019)
    • o   See item below on the 12 September hearing
    • ·         Defense Lawmakers Set Aggressive Schedule for NDAA While lawmakers have been on a five-week summer recess, staff for each chamber’s armed services committees were working to resolve non-controversial issues on the massive annual defense policy measure, clearing the way for conferees to focus on more problematic policy differences when they return this week.  Even with complicated work ahead and only 13 working days in September, aides in both chambers confirmed that leaders hope to draft a compromise conference report by Sept. 19, finalize signatures to the bill by Sept. 23, and set floor votes in each chamber before the end of September.  (10 September 2019)
    • ·         DISA is Merging Its Cyber Operations into a Single Cloud-Based Platform The Unified Situational Cyber Awareness capability would help cyber analysts keep tabs on every part of the Department of Defense Information Network.  (11 September 2019)

    ·         Pitch Day Could Be Coming to a Major Acquisition Near You.  Six months after the Air Force hosted its inaugural Pitch Day in New York, its acquisition boss has ideas about how to improve fast-track contracting.  Will Roper has talked to program offices about soliciting pitches in more traditional, bigger competitions.  Under the current Pitch Day construct, companies come in, explain why the Air Force should pay for their product, and potentially leave the event with funding in hand.  If that happens for a more major acquisition, it would signal a major shift away from years-long development and procurement processes that shape the Air Force’s key programs.  "Why should we let someone build an airplane or satellite unless they bring in their design team and production team?"  Roper told Air Force Magazine at a recent conference outside Washington, D.C. "Show us your passion.  Show us your skill set."  (12 September 2019)

    ·         Barrett Points to Tanker Retirement, Launch Expansion in Response to Lawmakers The Air Force will reach the threshold of KC-46 deliveries it needs to start retiring its two older tankers as soon as November, according to the nominee to be the service’s new secretary.  Barbara Barrett laid out her priorities in answers to advance policy questions provided to the Senate Armed Services Committee, and reiterated them at a September 12 confirmation hearing.  Among a variety of ideas, she argued that the space launch market can sustain four launch providers, as the Air Force, lawmakers, and industry debate how many contractors should be allowed to participate in the National Security Space Launch program.  Barrett largely echoed the service’s perspective on readiness, the need to redefine its force structure, and modernization needs.  (13 September 2019)

    • ·         Cyber: DHS, DOD Thrash Out Command Details in Wargames If your company or city comes under a cyber attack, who ya gonna call?  Well, please hold, because the federal government is still working that out in wargames and planning sessions, top officials said on the eve of the 18th anniversary of 9/11.  (13 September 2019)
    • ·         DISA Jobs Moving.  Under a new contract that apparently has been awarded to Unisys, approximately 45+ positions currently at DISA Montgomery, primarily Tier 1 Help Desk, will be moved to a consolidated contractor help desk facility in Augusta GA.  (13 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)
    • ·         Virtual AOC.  There will be an upcoming event regarding a Virtual Reality Air Operations Center.  Check the weekly MGMWerx newsletter or visit their website.  (13 September 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)

    • ·         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)
    • ·         Maxwell AFB Air Show.  Save the dates!!! Saturday 18 April 2020 and Sunday 19 April 2020.  (10 May 2019)
    • ·         Visitors:
    • ·         N/A.

    ·         Personnel.

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