MIP Notes from Coffee 1-31-2020

  • 31 Jan 2020 3:35 PM
    Message # 8705129
    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: 7 February 2020

    (Doors open NLT 0530; meeting starts at 0615)

    No meeting on 14 February due to Presidents ’ Day Holiday Weekend

    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
    • ·         SECDEF: Culture Change in DoD Needed to Improve Acquisition Process.  Service efforts such as the Air Force’s pitch days for rapid contract awards are just the beginning of the Pentagon's effort to move faster in its acquisition process, but much more work remains to make the five-sided building change its overall risk-averse culture, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said.  Esper said the Defense Department encourages service experimentation, but said "the thing we've really got to get at—and it takes time and it’s probably the most difficult part and the hardest to change—is the culture.”  Speaking at the Center for Strategic and International Studies event in Washington, D.C., he said. “You have to get the culture right so that folks in the DoD, military, and civilian alike, are willing to put money down on something that may not be 100 percent, or 90 percent, or 80 percent.  You've got to be able to take some risk and you've got to be able to accept some failure.” (27 January 2020)
    • ·         Final DoD Cybersecurity Certification Model Due Soon.  The Defense Department official leading the development of an ambitious plan to independently certify military contractors’ cybersecurity practices will review a final version of the plan on January 31 and shared key details for its implementation.  See the full article on NextGov https://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2020/01/final-dod-cybersecurity-certification-model-due-friday/162713/(30 January 2020)
    • ·         Thank you, Cyndi Crews!!  Ms. Cyndi Crews, who leads the PEO/BES Contracting Division, came and spoke to the MIP members this morning and addressed virtually all of the questions we received in advance.  It was a good exchange and provided MIP a better appreciation of some of the challenges, as well as innovations BES Contracting has on its plate.  (31 January 2020)

    ·         Dr Susan Hammond (Faulkner University).  John Hulsey, the BES CTO, will be bringing Dr Susan Hammond, Faulkner University Computer Science Department Chair, to MIP next Friday, 7 February.  Dr Hammond would like to meet the members of the group and talk about Faulkner University’s role in the computer science and STEM industry in the River Region.  (24 January 2020)

    • ·         Maxwell Blvd Gate Construction. The 42d Security Forces Squadron will be installing a new speed table for traffic control at the Maxwell Blvd Gate on 6 Feb 20 during daytime hours.  During installation, traffic will be limited to one lane in each direction, and construction traffic and personnel will be present.  We ask that you be aware of their presence, slow down, and exercise caution while entering and exiting the main gate.  Safety personnel and procedures will be in place, but your additional attention is appreciated.  Consider utilizing an alternate gate between the hours of 1000 and 1600 if possible to alleviate any potential traffic concerns.  (31 January 2020)
    • ·         Barnes Center Vendor Day: February 3, 2020. The Barnes Center will host a vendor day at MGMWERX.  The center is seeking solutions for the future of Enlisted Professional Military Education (EPME).  Vendors are asked to provide information on the future of EPME distance learning (DL) courses that are required to better prepare Airmen for roles in the AF, joint environment, and multi-domain arenas.  Vendors are asked to highlight the inefficiency/ineffectiveness of current Level 1 distance learning compared to resident courses.  Vendors that respond by COB January 30 will have a chance to pitch their innovative ideas to a panel of judges on February 3, 2020 from noon-3pm.  Interested, but need more time?  Others interested in pitching an idea will be put into communication with the Barnes Center team.  Have questions or interest?  Contact Angel Hudnall at angelique.hudnall@us.af.mil for more information.  (31 January 2020)
    • ·         AFCEA
    • ·         MITS 2020.  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)
    • o   http://www.afceamontgomery.org/Sponsorships
    • o   Jim Dendis could use some help on the Sponsorship Committee.  Contact Jim at 931.952.0591 or at jcdgm2x@gmail.com.
    • ·         Young AFCEANs (Go to www.afceamontgomery.org/events to sign up)
    • o   14 March 2020: Enlisted heritage Hall 5k, downtown Montgomery
    • o   4 April 2020: Centerpoint 5k, Prattville
    • ·         AFCEA West.  Once again AFCEA West will be at the San Diego Convention Center 2-3 March 2020.  For additional information, agendas, lodging details and registration, please go to https://www.westconference.org/west20/Public/enter.aspx(6 December 2019)
    • ·         Chamber of Commerce.
    • ·         State of the State. Governor Kay Ivey will give her annual “State of the State” to the Chamber of Commerce, 19 February 2020, Embassy Suites 300 Tallapoosa Street, Montgomery 1130-1300.  Tickets are $25 for members. $35 for non members. https://www.montgomerychamber.com/events/details/state-of-the-state-8043(24 January 2020)
    • ·         Alabama LaunchPad Event.  The Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to a pitch competition held by Alabama Launchpad, a program of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, 27 February 2020 1700-2000, The Warehouse at Alley Station, 130 Commerce Street. Every year, Alabama Launchpad helps high growth companies start, stay, and grow in Alabama, by investing up to $600,000 on startups. Come connect with key players in the Entrepreneurial space (ecosystem or landscape) and engage with representatives from Alabama’s largest early-seed fund. The Alabama Launchpad Startup Competition event will feature a networking reception and launch party where a winner among six Alabama companies will be awarded $100,000 in startup funds.  Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alabama-launchpad-startup-competition-montgomery-al-cycle-1-2020-tickets-90330748701?aff=efbeventtix for tickets ($8 to $15) and further information.  (31 January 2020)
    • ·         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.

    ·         Monte Carlo Night.  Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School’s annual Monte Carlo Night will be on 8 February 2020 from 1800-2200 at the main campus, 5350 Vaughan Road.  Tickets are $50 at the door, and includes “funny money” to play the games, hors d’ouevres, cash bar, silent auction and much more.  (24 January 2020)

    ·         PMI.  The next monthly PMI meeting will be on 13 February 2020 at the RSA Plaza, 770 Washington Street, 6th Floor 1730-1930.  Go to www.pmisouthalabama.org for reservations and additional details.  (10 January 2020)

    • ·         MOAA Luncheon.  On 13 February 2020, the monthly luncheon will feature Col Christopher Brown, Commandant, Air Force JAG School, and Col Cynthia Kearley, Deputy Commandant, speaking on: Developing National Security Leaders through Law.  Menu choices are Caprice Style Salad with Chicken, Beef Shepherd’s Pie, or Sweet Potato Cake with vegetables.  All choices are $17.  Contact John O’Connor (sactrndklr@gmail.com) or Lt Col John Camp (272-8061) for reservations NLT 7 February 2020.  .  (24 January 2020)
    • ·         Air Force Association Chapter 102 Air Force Issues Luncheon.  AFA Chapter 102 will hold their Annual Air Force Issues Luncheon on 11 March 2020, 1130–1300, in the Maxwell Club Ballroom.  The guest speaker will be Brig Gen Evan “Lamar” Pettus, Commandant, Air Command and Staff College.  Come early for check-in and socializing as we will start promptly at 1130.  You may register by going to the Chapter's Web Site (http://www.afa102.net ) and clicking the luncheon registration link on the front page of the site.  Deadline for registration is 6 March 2020.  (24 January 2020)
    • ·         Maxwell AFB Air Show.  Save the dates!!! Saturday 18 April 2020 and Sunday 19 April 2020.  (10 May 2019)

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