MIP Notes from Coffee 2.28.2020

  • 28 Feb 2020 11:47 AM
    Message # 8782009
    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: 6 March 2020

    (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
    • ·         Preparing for Flat Funding, Secretaries Highlight Spending Priorities.  Heading into budget negotiation season, the three civilian heads of the armed forces outlined their looming struggles with Capitol Hill at a February 21 Center for Strategic and International Studies panel.  Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett said it’s harder to convince lawmakers of the merits of investing in space assets and digital networks because their benefits are more abstract than a fighter jet or a tanker: “There aren’t tires to kick."  Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly added it’s presumptuous to think the Pentagon might get a higher topline in fiscal 2022 and beyond.  (24 February 2020)
    • ·         DoD Adopts Ethical Principles for AI Development, UseThe Defense Department has adopted a series of ethical principles intended to guide the development and use of artificial intelligence on and off the battlefield, including taking “deliberate steps to minimize unintended bias” and ensuring the ability to “deactivate” systems that aren’t behaving as expected.  The Joint Artificial Intelligence Center will coordinate the implementation of these principles, which are based on the recommendations of the Defense Innovation Board, across the department, according to a February 24 DoD release.  (24 February 2020)
    • ·         USAF to Consider Nearby Schools, Military Family Support in Future Basing Decisions.  The Air Force on February 24 announced it will consider public education support for military children and a state’s policies for accepting professional licenses as part of future basing decisions.  The new policy is aimed at making sure an area is ready to accommodate transferring military families before the service plans to base a new mission or aircraft at a location.  This means that if a state wants to bring in an increased Air Force presence, it needs to strive to meet the established criteria.  “The communities where service members live and work impact readiness, retention, and the satisfaction of families,” Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett said in a release.  (25 February 2020)
    • ·         Air Force Pushes Ahead On ‘Flying Car’ Challenge.  The Air Force will release a request for proposals February 25 for a ‘flying car’ that could eventually transport soldiers and supplies to the battlefield, says service acquisition head Will Roper.  “Now is the perfect time to make Jetson’s cars real,” with this program, Agility Prime.  It “has come a long way,” Roper told reporters.  (25 February 2020)
    • ·         ACC Looks to Zero Trust Architecture for Network Security.  Air Combat Command hosted industry partners from companies including Google, Microsoft, Unisys, Cisco, and Palo Alto January 23-24 at the MITRE Corp facility in Hampton, Va., for the ACC Zero-Trust Summit, to discuss a potential zero trust architecture for the U.S. Air Force.  ACC’s Directorate of Cyberspace and Information Dominance (A6) is taking initiative to field a new network approach to ensure that the service’s network becomes stronger in the current information operations environment.  (26 February 2020)
    • ·         The Wide-Reaching Impact of DOD’s New Ethical Principles of AIThink of the Defense Department’s new list of Ethical Principles for Artificial Intelligence as a starting framework to help guide the thinking of people who will ultimately make the hard decisions: what’s right or wrong, then how to teach a machine to tell the difference.  In a special public lecture Feb. 25 at the University of Colorado, Mark Sirangelo, a member of the Defense Innovation Board, offered his own views on the new principles, presenting the lecture in a private capacity as part of his faculty role as entrepreneur scholar in residence.  (27 February 2020)
    • ·         Thousands of Wright-Patt Jobs Will Open in Coming Years. (Dayton Daily News) Even as Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, adds missions and units, a sizeable slice of its working population is approaching retirement age. Considering all base units, 41 percent of the base’s civilian workforce will be eligible to retire within five years, said Jessica Salyers, director of special programs and projects at the Air Force Research Laboratory, part of a team overseeing 6,400 skilled science and engineering employees working with a $5 billion annual budget.  (27 February 2020)
    • ·         LINUX Operating System. Have you ever wanted to know more about the Linux operating system?  Well, this coming Sunday two of our very own, Terrell Jackson and Kenny Robinson, will be hosting a "Learning Linux Event."  All of the details and particulars can be found at Learning Linux - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/learning-linux-tickets-97211962597.  If you have any additional inquiries or questions please direct them to Terrell Jackson, terrellmj83@gmail.com.  (28 February 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
    • ·         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
    • ·         Drone Competition  ($$$ Help Needed).  Eastwood Cornerstone, whose Robotics team has been supported by MIP in the past, recently swept the local competition sponsored by Auburn University.  They are now eligible to compete in the World Competition in Louisville, KY 26-28 April.  That’s the good news.  The bad news is there is a $1,000 entry fee for the team of 3 students.  If you (individually or your company) would like to help and support them to go to the next level, please send your contributions (payable to "Eastwood Presbyterian Church," & put on the memo line "Robot Team").  Send to Eastwood Presbyterian Church, 1701 E. Trinity Blvd, Montgomery, Alabama 36106, or contact Lee Sumner aleesumner41@gmail.com(28 February 2020)
    • ·         Chamber of Commerce.
    • ·         Alabama Launch Pad 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.
    • ·         MOAA Luncheon.  On 12 March 2020, the monthly luncheon will be at the Maxwell Club.  The guest speaker will be COL Patrick Downing USA (Ret) who will speak about US Army Special Forces in Vietnam.  Menu choices are Traditional Style Baked Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans; Vegetarian Baked Meatless Loaf with Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans; Creamy Chicken Salad (Chicken, Grapes, Celery, and Walnuts in Creamy Sauce); served on a bed of House Lettuce Blend with Sliced Tomatoes, Cucumbers, and Red Onion. Dressing served on the side.  All choices are $17.  Contact John O’Connor (sactrndklr@gmail.com) or Lt Col John Camp (272-8061) for reservations NLT 6 March 2020.  (21 February 2020)

    ·         PMI.  The next monthly PMI meeting will be on 12 March 2020 at the RSA Plaza, 770 Washington Street, 6th Floor 1730-1930.  Dr. Mark Wentling, PMP will present on the topic Critical Thinking for Program Managers.  Go to www.pmisouthalabama.org for reservations and additional details.  (21 February 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)
    • ·         MOAA Golf Tournament.  This year’s golf tournament, which directly supports the local Chapters scholarship program for students in the river region, will be 2 April 2020 at Arrowhead.  $75 entry fee includes greens fee, cart lunch range balls and door prizes.
    • ·         Sponsorships are also available, ranging from $500 to $1,500.
    • ·         Contact John O’Connor (sactrndklr@gmail.com) 334.220.6532 to sign up or for more information.  (21 February 2020)
    • ·         Maxwell AFB Air Show.  Save the dates!!! Saturday 18 April 2020 and Sunday 19 April 2020.  (10 May 2019)
    • ·         Visitors:
    • ·         Douglas Jefferson, Sr. VP, Business Development (Defense), Versa Integrated Solutions (SBEAS Prime), djefferson@versais.com, 703.399.6626 (mobile), 301.577.7760 (office)

    ·         Job Opportunities:

    • ·         A GS-14 position as an IT Project Manager is open with the EPA in Montgomery.  You must apply no later than 25 February 2020.  For full information on the position and to apply, go to https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/560213800.  (Thanks to Kenny Hickox for passing along)
    • ·         A Program Manager for one of the SBEAS companies is being sought.  Contact Bill Stevenson (billstevenson@att.net) for further information.
    • ·         BAH is looking for an experienced Portfolio Manager for a position that is expected to be open in the August timeframe.  Contact Kayleen Amerson at amerson_kayleen@bah.com for information.

    ·         Personnel.

    ·         Brian Knott’s father in law passed away on Wednesday morning.  Our thoughts and prayers for Brian’s wife and her family.

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