• AFA Daily Report
• SASC Warns Impeachment Could Stymie Defense Policy Bill. Lawmakers are running low on time to agree on a 2020 defense policy bill by the end of the calendar year, an issue that could be made worse if Congress goes forward with presidential impeachment proceedings. The Senate only has about three weeks of scheduled legislative days left in 2020, and the House has about two weeks. “Congress has a lot on its plate,” a staffer assigned to the Senate Armed Services Committee said in a Nov. 3 email. “The Senate’s time could be devoted entirely to impeachment in December and likely well into January, leaving no room for legislating.” The timing is key because earlier authorizations are set to expire. Congress is usually able to renew them by the end of the year. (5 November 2019)
• SMC launch Team Wins DoD’s Acquisition Award. The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center’s launch enterprise has won the Defense Department’s highest award for acquisition teams, the 2019 David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award, the service said Nov. 1. “SMC’s launch enterprise team crafted an acquisition strategy of innovative public-private investments in launch vehicle development, resulting in the continuous delivery of acquisition performance with both affordability and speed,” the center said in a release. The award is named for David Packard, a former deputy defense secretary from 1968-1971 and a co-founder of technology giant Hewlett-Packard. It was instituted in 1997 and went to another SMC team in 2018. (5 November 2019)
• Pentagon’s Draft AI Ethics Guidelines Fight Bias and Rogue Machines. The Defense Innovation Board just published draft guidelines for artificial intelligence ethics at the Defense Department that aim to keep the emerging technology in check. Some of them are more practical (such as demanding reliability) or have roots in years-old policies (demanding human responsibility at every stage), but others are relatively novel for both the public and private spheres. (5 November 2019)
• “Breaking Bad” at Kirtland AFB? It seems someone at Kirtland AFB, N.M., may have gone as Walter White for Halloween. Some trick-or-treaters going door to door in Kirtland’s on-base residential area last night ended up with small plastic pill baggies containing a crystalline blue substance, Kirtland spokeswoman Eva Blaylock confirmed to Air Force Times on Nov. 1. Although the substance resembles the “blue sky” crystal methamphetamine cooked up by the antihero of the show “Breaking Bad”—which was set in nearby Albuquerque—Blaylock said it was believed to be rock candy. But the Office of Special Investigations at Kirtland isn’t laughing. (5 November 2019)
• MIT-Air Force AI Accelerator Takes Off: Magnetic Field GPS and a DOD Smart Speaker. The Air Force and MIT are kicking off 10 joint research projects aimed at finding Artificial Intelligence solutions fast for some of the service’s key operational problems, such as building a simulated co-pilot (dubbed R2D2) and navigating without GPS. Breaking Defense. (6 November 2019)
o (Navigating without GPS? Maybe you could sell them maps, a sextant, a compass, and a watch?)
• Booz Allen Launches New “App Store” for AI. Across the government and military, agencies are working to harness artificial intelligence for a variety of applications. A new product created by Booz Allen Hamilton aims to streamline the adoption of AI platforms through an easy-to-use “app store.” National Defense Magazine. (6 November 2019)
• Stopgap Spending Bill Will Harm Military Readiness, Modernization Efforts: Pentagon. To avert a shutdown, President Donald Trump's director of legislative affairs signaled that the White House is inclined to support another stopgap spending bill, called a continuing resolution, or CR. But the Pentagon is sounding the alarm for how dangerous that temporary spending bill would be for military readiness. (12 November 2019)
• DISA Previews Big Tech Opportunities for 2020. The Pentagon’s IT shop released a list of next year’s contracting opportunities, including 12 worth more than $100 million. Nextgov. (12 November 2019)
• SECDEF: Expect “Trimming, Reducing, Some Eliminations” in 2021 Budget. Pentagon officials are “making good progress” in their review of bureaucracy intended to cut fat and shift funds to high-priority efforts to counter Chinese and Russian military advancements, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Nov. 11. Defense One. (13 November 2019)
• Google Looks Past Project Maven to Work Anew with the Pentagon. More than a year after pulling out of a contract with the Pentagon that relied on technologies based on artificial intelligence to sort through drone videos, Google says it is ready to work with the Defense Department on a wide variety of applications that don’t involve weapons. CQ Roll Call. (13 November 2019)
• Two Years in, How has a New Strategy Changed Cyber Operations? Based on interviews with military officials and several cyber experts this is the story of how, in two years, a new strategy is forcing the national security community to rethink cyber operations and the strategy’s long-term effects. Fifth Domain. (14 November 2019)
• China Said It’s Developing 6G. What Does That Mean? China’s Ministry of Science and Technology unveiled plans last week to launch a nationally coordinated research effort specifically focused on developing 6G technology. Science- and policy-based experts spoke to Nextgov about what the sixth generation of mobile technology is and entails, as well as what federal leaders should take away from the announcement, as they work to advance the United States’ cellular landscape. Nextgov. (14 November 2019)
• DoD Asks: Who Really Wrote Your Code? Software developers routinely subcontract work to foreign firms, download tools from open-source libraries, or just copy-and-paste lines of code from existing software—without checking who originally wrote what or even understanding how it actually works. The resulting rise of bugs and backdoors in recycled code is so worrying to the Pentagon that it’s developing tools to track down where software really came from. Breaking Defense. (14 November 2019)
• Top Procurement Official Warns Budget Impasse “Debilitating” to Military Space Programs. Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology, and logistics, said the funding stalemate is setting back critical space programs that the Air Force funded in its fiscal 2020 budget. “All of them new starts, nearly all of them classified,” Roper said Nov. 12 during a breakfast meeting with reporters. Space News. (14 November 2019)
• DoD Looks to Increase Cybersecurity from Commercial Satellite Providers. Starting some time next year, satellite communications providers that want to sell to the US military will need to get pre-certified to prove they are meeting the same cybersecurity standards as federal agencies. The Information Asset Pre-assessment program will require companies to implement information security controls on their IT systems based on a catalogue produced by the National Institute for Standards and Technology, or NIST, known as Special Publication 800-53. It’s the latest in a series of efforts defense acquisition officials are making to ensure their suppliers don’t get hacked. (15 November 2019)
• Here’s How Cyber Command Is Using “Defend Forward.” US Cyber Command is gaining important insights into malware and adversarial actors by working with partner nations to help secure their systems, according to a top official. Fifth Domain. (15 November 2019)
• New Commissary, Exchange Access Delayed for Many Veterans. Disabled veterans and Purple Heart recipients won't see on-base access for commissaries and exchange stores or some recreation options any time soon, according to new guidance issued Nov. 13 by the Defense Department. Military.com. (15 November 2019)
• AU Assumption of Command. Lt Gen James B. Hecker will assume command of Air University on 22 Nov 19, 1500, in the Boyd Auditorium (Bldg. 1487), Officer Training School, Maxwell AFB. Lt Gen Marshall B. Webb, Commander, Air Education and Training Command, will preside over the ceremony. Reception immediately following in the Maxwell Club Ballroom. (15 November 2019)
• Amazon Protesting DoD Cloud Contract. Various news outlets report that Amazon will file a protest over the award of the DoD $10Bn cloud initiative. Mircosoft has been announced as the winner. (15 November 2019)
• Cloud One and DevSecOps Memo - Relaunches the Air Force Cloud program as the new "Cloud One." All Air-Force-managed unclassified development environments will migrate to Cloud One including Kessel Run, Kobayashi Maru, Space Camp, LevelUp, and Bespin .Unified Platform, F-16, F-22, Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent, and B-21 will migrate to DevSecOps-as-a-Service based on acceptable risk to upcoming capability deliveries. (15 November 2019)
• "Match.mil" - USAF Strategic Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Match Opportunity. Air Force funds committed through this program will be matched 3:1 from a combination of available SBIR and private investors, SPO would have the authority to manage the contract and set the deliverables. For example, if a SPO commits $20M, SBIR would match with $20M, and private investors with $40M. (15 November 2019)
• State of the BES. The next AFCEA Luncheon has been scheduled for 21 November 1130-1300 at Wynlakes Country Club. Rich Aldridge will provide his annual “State of the BES” and the ongoing “re-imagining” within the organization. Tickets will be $25 for individuals and $200 for a corporate table of 8. Go to www.afceamontgomery.org for details and tickets NLT COB TODAY. (27 September 2019)
• YAAC Fun Run. The Young AFCEANs will participate in the annual 5K Jingle Bell Run on 7 December 2019, starting at Huntingdon College. Go to http://afceamontgomery.org/event-3613953 for full information and to register in advance. (15 November 2019)
• MITS 2019. It may seem a long way off but NOW is the time to start planning to be here in Montgomery 18-20 May 2020. The Annual AFCEA Golf Tournament to benefit the Education Foundation, followed by the MITS conference at the Renaissance, downtown Montgomery, and a BES Industry Exchange, make MITS the one conference in 2020 you should not miss. Be sure you have this in your plans (and your Budget) for 2020. (20 September 2019)
o Sponsorship information is now LIVE on the AFCEA website!! (15 November 2019)
• Chamber of Commerce.
• 147th Annual Meeting. The Chamber’s Annual Meeting Luncheon will be held at the Renaissance Hotel main ballroom on Tuesday 10 December 2019, 1130-1330. Tickets are $75. Register NLT 2 December at www.montgomerychamber.com/events. (15 November 2019)
• Other Chamber Events. Details and registration for these events can usually be found at www.montgomerychamber.com. Select “Calendar” from the top of the home page for a full summary of upcoming events. (26 July 2019)
• Retiree Appreciation Day. Maxwell AFB will host its Retiree Appreciation Day on 5 December 2019, 1000-1400 in the Honor Guard hangar (near the Maxwell Gym). (15 November 2019)
• Wetumpka Robotics S.T.E.A.M Machine. The Wetumpka Robotics Team gave their business presentation to MIP at this morning’s meeting. Another awesome presentation. This has become an annual event and a great opportunity to see what amazing things our students are achieving. (15 November 2019)
• Judges Needed for Southeast BEST Competition 6-7 December. Auburn University will continue to host the Southeast Regional BEST Robotics competition. There is a need for judges to help with this major event. Contact Lee Sumner or Derick Catman if you can help out for more information. You don’t have to commit to serving as a judge for both days.
• MGMWerx. Thanks to MGMWerx for hosting this morning’s meeting and providing a superb environment for the Wetumka Robotics presentation. (15 November 2019)
• Technology Timeline Artifacts Needed. TECHMGM will be setting up a time line display of technology in the first week of December. This display will be for students to see how computing systems have progressed. TECHMGM are looking for old equipment that can be loaned to them for the display. Examples are Commodore 64, TANDY, “Trash-8)”Apple 2 etc. Contact Derick Catman (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have items. Please put “Technology Display” in your subject line. (1 November 2019)
• TechMGM. Tech MGM has a host of upcoming activities. Please disseminate this to others (especially students)
• TechMGM has partnered with several organizations in the Montgomery community to host a variety of activities the first two weeks of December to expose the community to computer science and tech during National Computer Science Education Week. Several opportunities will emphasize the various organizations involved and the communities being served; K-8, high school, college students, educators, entrepreneurs and IT professionals. Please find below additional information and registration links to the activities. If you would like to volunteer or assist with any of the events, contact Charisse Stokes.
o Thursday, December 5th – Tech@NITE – College Meet-Up Edition. Stratice is bringing "Tech@NITE" to the Montgomery Community. Partnering with TechMGM and DBA to re-engage the local tech scene and exposing local college students to all the IT career opportunities Montgomery has to offer. This is a free networking event for college students going into the IT Field. You’ll be able to mingle and exchange ideas with the local IT community. To register to attend. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/technite-tickets-79578428221.
o Tuesday, December 10th – Google Innovation Training. Montgomery AFCEA Chapter Education Foundation invites all Educators to our Google Applied Digital Skills Workshop, hosted by MGMWERX. Google Applied Digital Skills is a free project-based curriculum that equips your students with practical tech skills, including how to make digital presentations, do online research, work with spreadsheets, and more. This self-paced, blended curriculum is appropriate for teachers in K-12 and higher education. There will be two sessions available on December 10, 2019, from 8:00-11:00 or 1:00-4:00. Space is limited so please register early! This event will be a BYOD, so please bring a device as this will be a hands-on activity. To register, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/google-applied-digital-skills-tickets-79434182779
o Friday, December 13th – Esports Tournament. MGM Esports and Gaming is happy to announce the next tournament hosted at MGMWERX and sponsored by TechMGM and AFCEA! We're holding this 3v3 Rocket League tournament due to popular demand and as a friendly tournament for High Schools involved in the PlayVS esports platform to compete against other skilled players and to encourage more schools to consider starting an esports team at their school. As schools prepare for the Alabama PlayVS playoffs in January this is a great opportunity to get in some practice. The competition is open to students, civilians, military, everyone! To register https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mgm-esports-and-gaming-rocket-league-tournament-registration-79290021589
o Saturday, December 14th – Girl Scouts Cybersecurity Badge Event. Women in AFCEA has partnered with the Girl Scouts in Montgomery to host a cybersecurity badge event for brownies and daisies in the local area. Young girls will learn about protecting data, being safe on the internet and basic cybersecurity skills. For more information go to http://www.girlscoutssa.org/en/events/event-list.html
o Sunday, December 15th – Raspberry JAM. TechMGM hosts with ALFA, CGI and MGMWERX an exciting opportunity for students to use their creativity and technical skills to develop a system using the latest Raspberry Pi. Each student team will have an opportunity to pitch their system to a panel of judges and the highest scoring team will win a classroom set of Raspberry Pis for their school! All River Region high schools are welcome to participate and each student team will be assigned a technical mentor to assist them in developing their system along with a Raspberry Pi and camera system. Only one team per school may register and you must register by Friday, November 15th at 12PM to receive your Raspberry Pi on Monday, November 18th. Each team will pitch their system on Sunday, December 15th at a blowout Raspberry Pi Pitch Party, which kicks off at 2PM at the new state of the art MGMWERX facility located at 41 Commerce St. A panel of judges from across the tech community will evaluate each of the pitches. Music, door prizes and refreshments will help us celebrate the great ideas pitched at the competition. Friends, families, teachers, students, the whole community is welcome to join in on the fun to see what our community creates. To register, go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/raspberry-jam-pipitchparty-tickets-79984211931
• Monthly PMI Dinner. 12 December will be the monthly dinner meeting. Sign up at http://www.pmisouthalabama.org/. You do not have to be a PMI member to attend. (4 October 2019)
• Alamo ACE 2019. The Alamo Chapter of AFCEA will host its annual Alamo ACE conference 18-21 November at the La Cantera resort, San Antonio TX. Registration information can be found at www.alamoafcea.org. (20 September 2019)
• Space Symposium. The Annual Rocky Mountain AFCEA Space Symposium will be held 3-6 February at the Broadmoor Hotel and Conference Center, Colorado Springs, CO. Information can be found at https://rockymtn.afceachapters.org
• Maxwell AFB Air Show. Save the dates!!! Saturday 18 April 2020 and Sunday 19 April 2020. (10 May 2019)
• Maj Khristopher Kreuger, AU Student
• Maj Gen Kames B. Hecker has been confirmed by the US Senate for appointment to the grade of lieutenant general with assignment as Commander and President, Air University. He was formerly the Vice Director Operations (J3), Joint Staff. Assumption of Command will be at the OTS Auditorium, 22 November at 1500.
• Rex McCord is retiring after 42 years. A luncheon in his honor will be held at Olive Garden on 20 November at 1130. Contact Jennifer.email@example.com NLT noon 18 November.
• Cybersecurity Resumes. Two very good resumes were passed along earlier this week Yory Howard is an ideal candidate for an entry level position, while Michelle Strinati has a host of certifications, experience, and an active clearance.