MIP Notes from Coffee 3-6-2020

  • 06 Mar 2020 2:06 PM
    Message # 8804158
    Joni Ahlers (Administrator)

    Change Your Clocks Saturday Night!! Daylight Savings Time Returns!! 
    SPRING Ahead”

    Format Notes:  The date at the end of the content indicates when the item was last updated.

    • ·         AFA Daily Report
    • ·         Meet Your Next Chief of Staff of the Air Force: Gen. Charles Q. Brown.  President Trump nominated Gen. Charles Q. Brown, head of Pacific Air Forces, to be the next Air Force Chief of Staff, succeeding Gen. David Goldfein, who retires this summer.  If confirmed, Brown would be the first African American to serve as Chief of Staff of any of the U.S. Armed Forces.  The only other African American to serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff was Army Gen. Colin Powell, who was Chairman from 1989-1993.  "I am truly honored and humbled by the nomination to serve as the Air Force's 22nd Chief of Staff," Brown said in March 2 statement.  "If confirmed, Sharene and I look forward to building upon the legacy of Gen. Dave and Dawn Goldfein, and the many airpower giants before who have served our Air Force and our nation with such dedication."  (3 March 2020)
    • ·         A Hacker Group Says It Has Major Defense Companies’ Data.  A manufacturing subcontractor in the defense industry has become the latest victim of hackers, Emsisoft told Fifth Domain.  Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Boeing, and SpaceX are among dozens of companies named as victims of compromised data, accessed through the hacking of Visser Precision LLC, a Colorado-based aerospace, automotive, and industrial parts manufacturer.  DoppelPaymer, a ransomware group, perpetrated the hack, according to Brett Callow, a threat analyst with Emsisoft.  For the full article on Fifth Domain, see https://www.fifthdomain.com/2020/03/02/a-hacker-group-says-it-has-major-defense-companies-data/ ."  (3 March 2020)
    • ·         Air Force Builds Up Information Warfare Ops.  The Air Force is using its first information warfare cell to support cyber operations, part of a new approach to digital, “gray zone” combat.  The IW cell brings together experts in intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; electronic warfare; cyber; information operations; and public affairs, according to 16th Air Force commander Lt. Gen. Timothy Haugh.  It is helping tackle overarching problems in the cyber realm including U.S. election security, protecting air defenses, and rooting out malign influence on networks.  The cell will be a pivotal player in 16th AF’s evolving structure.  Haugh said the organization’s multiple operations centers will merge into a singular hub under one commander on March 16.  (4 March 2020)
    • ·         Court Considers Whether Men-Only Draft Is Constitutional.  (from the Associated Press)  Weeks before a government commission weighs in on the subject, federal appeals court judges will consider whether the military’s all-male draft system is constitutional.  A Texas-based federal judge ruled last year that it is not, in response to a lawsuit brought by the National Coalition for Men.  The government appealed, leading to a March 3 hearing before a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.  (4 March 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
    • ·         Small Business – SBEAS Matchmaking Session.  A “Matchmaking Session” is tentatively being scheduled for Thursday 21 May 202 (the day after MITS and the BES Industry Day).  It will be planned for a morning session so out of towners can still make afternoon flights out.  Details forthcoming.  (6 March 2020)
    • ·         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
    • ·         Education Foundation:
    • o   AFCEA Summer Intern Program.  Its that time of year again for the Education Foundation to be getting applications for summer interns.  But for the prpgram to be successful, we need companies to be willing to sponsor an intern (or two or three…).  Contact Eric Sloan for more information
    • o   Park Crossing HS is in the process of being approved to start an AFJROTC program while Lee HS may be adding an additional instructor to keep up with demand.
    • o   Brewbaker Technology Magnet High is the first school in the state to earn national STEM certification under accreditation agency Cognia's new standards.  BrewTech earned certification in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics under Cognia's new 16-standard evaluation rubric.  An official STEM review team spent two days interviewing BrewTech teachers, students, and stakeholders to evaluate the implementation and effectiveness of BrewTech’s STEM mission and vision.
    • ·         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)
    • ·         MGMWERX
    • ·         Spark Tank Winner!  Participants of MGMWERX’s most recent design sprint were named winners of Spark Tank, an annual competition where finalists out of hundreds of candidates pitch innovative ideas to top Air Force leadership and a panel of industry experts.  Selected as a finalist out of over 200 candidates, Gabriel L. Flagg, CMSgt, USAF, Wing Weapons Manager, 52d Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem AB, Germany, and his team presented their Weapons Loading “Smart” Checklist and were selected to receive the grand prize.  For the full news article see https://mgmwerx.org/mgmwerxs-recent-design-sprint-participants-win-spark-tank/(6 March 2020)
    • ·         Here are a few of the upcoming events at MGMWerx that may be of interest:
    • ·         TECH TALK: Technology Showcase sponsored by Red Hat and World Wide Technology.

    Wednesday 11:30 AM-4 PM | March 18


    POC: Joyce Vaughn, jvaughn@mgmwerx.org MGMWERX Marketing & Events Manager.

    Attend the “Tech Talk Series” sessions hosted by MGMWERX featuring current information on the state of technologies in Alabama and specifically in the River Region. All sessions take place 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the MGMWERX innovation space, located at 41 Commerce Street, Montgomery, Ala. This session will highlight the applications by Red Hat and WWT. Walkthrough for a test run of their select applications, grab a bite to eat and get acquainted with the technology-focused groups in the River Region. Registration and info at https://techtalksession1.eventbrite.com

    • ·         DESIGN CHALLENGE: Education Facility Redesign for Innovative Learning

    Open Till March 9


    POC: Eric Gerritson, egerritson@mgmwerx.org, Innovation & Collaboration Principal at MGMWERX

    MGMWERX has launched a new design challenge with a focus on facility design. The Education Facility Redesign for Innovative Learning challenge is open for submissions! We are seeking to rapidly innovate the interior design of Air Force educational classrooms used for supporting Professional Military Education (PME) and student training. Specifically, this challenge addresses classrooms and associated offices, auditoriums, and circulation spaces on various Air Force bases and their PME schools. The Education Facility Redesign for Innovative Learning is accepting submissions through March 9. For complete specifications to the challenge visit: https://mgmwerx.org/mgmwerx-challenge/.

    • ·         Despite ‘Consensus’ With DoD, ODNI Moving Ahead With Its Own AI Principles.  Building off the Defense Department’s recent adoption of five artificial intelligence principles, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence will soon release its own public set of AI principles. Ben Huebner, the chief of ODNI’s Civil Liberties, Privacy and Transparency Office, gave a preview of that upcoming strategy March 4 at an Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) conference. For the full article in Federal News, see https://federalnewsnetwork.com/artificial-intelligence/2020/03/despite-consensus-with-dod-odni-moving-ahead-with-its-own-ai-principles/(6 March 2020)
    • ·         Tech@Nite.  TechMGM will have a Tech@Nite event on Wednesday, March 25, 1700-1900, 235 Lee Street. Explore the City’s new open data portal and dashboard with experts from the City of Montgomery, Trenholm State Community Colle3ge and Amazon Web Services.  Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/techmgm-forum-tech-nite-data-edition-tickets-96087788161?aff=ebdssbeac.  See the flyer at the end of the notes.
    • ·         Eric Sloan, Superstar ( J ).  The Montgomery Advertiser did a profile on our very own Eric Sloan – From the XFL to the Next Intel: Former Player Grows Tech Start Up in Montgomery.  Here’s a link to the new story (subscription to the Montgomery Advertiser may be required to view the entire article): https://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/2020/03/04/former-xfl-original-eric-sloan-grows-tech-startup-montgomery/4862652002/(6 March 2020)
    • ·         NAF RESALE, 12 & 13 MAR 20.  The next NAF Resale will be 12 and 13 Mar 20, 1200–1400, in Bldg 847 on Butler Ave, Gunter Annex.  All items must be picked up on date of purchase.  Cash, debit, and all major credit cards are accepted.  For more information, call 558-5022.  Also, like us on Facebook® at 42 FSS-NAF Sale for updates and pictures.  (6 March 2020)
    • ·         Chamber of Commerce.
    • ·         MACC/AU Golf Challenge.  This year’s competition will be at the Montgomery Country Club, 5 May 2020.  Stand by for more details (and possibly a return of a side competition.)
    • ·         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)
    • ·         MACC/AU Golf Challenge.  This year’s Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce-Air University Golf Challenge will be May 5 at the Montgomery Country Club.  Details forthcoming.  (6 March 2020)
    • ·         Maxwell AFB Air Show.  Save the dates!!! Saturday 18 April 2020 and Sunday 19 April 2020.  Detailed information can be found at https://www.lifeatthemax.us/maxwell-air-space-show.  There are tickets available for reserved seating and other perks.  General admission is free. (6 March 2020)
    • ·         Visitors:
    • ·         Gary D. Amerson, Director, Center for Cybersecurity, AUM, gary.amerson@aum.edu.  This is a new endeavor on the part of AUM, and Gary is inviting inputs from Industry on areas of focus that would be of value.
    • ·         Lt Col Eric Amissah, Det 5/CC, eric.amissah@us.af.mil.  He will be retiring this coming summer.  (For those companies looking for some management/leadership, take note!)

    ·         Job Opportunities:

    • ·         N/A

    ·         Personnel.

    ·         The father of Kevin Cole (Tunnelvue) passed away last Saturday morning.  Please keep the Cole family in your thoughts and prayers.

    ·         The men and women of BES cordially invite you to a retirement ceremony honoring CMSgt Derrick M. Grames on 27 Mar 20, 1400, SNCOA Auditorium (Bldg 1143), Gunter Annex. Go to https://einvitations.afit.edu/inv/anim.cfm?i=499973&k=06684B007C54 to RSVP.

    • ·         Brig Gen Christopher J. Niemi
      FROM: Commander, Jeanne M. Holm Center for Officer Accessions and Citizen Development, Air Education and Training Command, Maxwell AFB, AL
      TO: Chief of Staff, Combined Joint Task Force-Operation INHERENT RESOLVE, United States Central Command, Southwest Asia

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