MIP Notes from Coffee 4-3-2020

  • 03 Apr 2020 1:56 PM
    Message # 8877638
    Joni Ahlers (Administrator)

    “Virtual Edition”

    Until further notice, in accordance with the local Health Authorities recommendations, there will not be any MIP Meetings.  We will continue the weekly notes
    PLEASE, email any news or updates that should be included in the MIP notes to

    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 Acquisition Largely on Schedule Despite COVID-19 Disruptions.  Air Force acquisition programs remain largely on course, despite some major disruptions from the new coronavirus outbreak, such as Boeing halting production at its Puget Sound-area facilities in Washington state, the service’s acquisition boss said.  The outbreak has posed unprecedented challenges to the service and the way it is procuring weapons, but so far there have only been "minor issues,” and all programs are largely sticking to schedules, said Will Roper, the Air Force’s assistant secretary for acquisition, technology, and logistics.  (30 March 2020)
    • ·         Tech Industry Voices Concerns about the Pentagon’s Cybersecurity Certification Plan.  (Nextgov)  The Defense Department’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification initiative could have the opposite of its desired effect and create security risks, major companies said in a letter to top Pentagon officials on March 27 seeking clarification on a number of issues.  See https://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2020/03/tech-industry-voices-concerns-about-pentagons-cybersecurity-certification-plan/164179/ for the full article.  (1 April 2020)
    • ·         USAF Looking to Pare Down Non-Mission Essential Tasks During Pandemic.  The Air Force and its major commands are “resetting”—deciding the mission-essential tasks it must accomplish, while finding way to pare down or completely stop other tasks as the coronavirus outbreak and its corresponding impact spreads. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein ordered all major command bosses to report back to him by April 1 on what they deem to be mission essential, with the goal to determine the best way to accomplish those missions while keeping the service safe, he said. Those reports are the beginning of a discussion and planning that will play out in the near future.  (2 April 2020)
    • ·         Pentagon Turns to New Buying Tools 10 Times More Often.  (Defense News) The amount of funding for defense research awarded through other transaction authorities have increased nearly tenfold in five years, according to a new analysis seen exclusively by Defense News.  The report, by data and analytics firm Govini, shows the use of OTAs and small business innovation research contracts has expanded to the point that, in 2019, the two methods accounted for $9.6 billion, or 10 percent of the Defense Department’s research, development, test, and evaluation spending.  For the full article, see https://www.defensenews.com/industry/2020/04/01/pentagon-turns-to-new-buying-tools-10-times-more-often/(2 April 2020)
    • ·         DoD Seeks 5G Prototypes for USAF Bases.  Work is kicking off to bring fifth-generation wireless network-enabled tools to Hill Air Force Base, Utah, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.  The Defense Department recently released its final requests for prototype proposals as it looks to experiment with 5G’s military applications at Hill, JBLM, Naval Base San Diego, Calif., and Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Ga.  The new generation of wireless technology promises to be a game-changer for the Pentagon, though it has much to learn about the specifics of using that technology.  (3 April 2020)
    • ·         AF Deputy CIO Bill Marion Departing.  Bill Marion, the longtime Air Force IT and cybersecurity official and current deputy CIO, will leave the service after a 28-year career in which he started as an intern.  Marion told FedScoop he will depart at the end of April to move home to Austin, Texas, and take a role in industry. Marion couldn’t yet reveal his next role but said it will be closely tied to digital transformation, “but on the other side of the wall, if you will.”  For full article, see https://www.fedscoop.com/bill-marion-deputy-cio-departs-air-force/(3 April 2020)
    • ·         SBA Disaster Relief.  Here is the link to the SBA website for small businesses to apply for disaster relief https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Information/PaperForms.  A couple of things to note:
    • ·         Wait until your state is declared (all states should be by Monday) so you can submit the application electronically and not via paper forms
    • ·         Select the EIDL option on the form (Economic Injury)
    • ·         You can look at all the forms that are going to be required to get everything together before submitting electronically.
    • ·         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
    • ·         Education Foundation:
    • o   AFCEA Summer Intern Program.  It’s that time of year again for the Education Foundation to be getting applications for summer interns.  But for the program to be successful, we need companies to be willing to sponsor an intern (or two or three…).  Contact Eric Sloan ericsloanmba@gmail.com for more information.

    ·         While you are hunkered down…  This was passed along as a way to keep yourself occupied during the current situation

    ·       Free online camera classes.  If you are one of those who still uses a camera besides your phone (and probably even if you just use your phone), for a limited time, Nikon is offering their online camera classes for free.  For more information, go to https://www.nikonevents.com/us/live/nikon-school-online/(3 April 2020)

    ·         Job Opportunities:

    ·         Personnel:

    ·         You are cordially invited to a retirement ceremony honoring Colonel Alvin F. Burse for his faithful and dedicated service to the United States Air Force.  The ceremony will take place on Friday, 28 August 2020, at 0900 in the Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Academy’s Auditorium, Gunter Annex, AL.  Please RSVP through https://einvitations.afit.edu/inv/anim.cfm?i=499978&k=06684B007C5F.  If you need base access, contact 2nd Lt Teddy Whitton no later than 15 July at 334-416-4955, or by email at teddy.whitton@us.af.mil.  

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