MIP Notes from Coffee 4-24-2020

  • 24 Apr 2020 8:51 AM
    Message # 8925652
    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.

    “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
    • ·         Pentagon Extends Travel Ban for All Troops to June 30.  The Pentagon has extended its freeze on domestic and international movement of troops through June 30 due to the coronavirus crisis, a top personnel official announced April 18.  The new order takes effect on April 20.  The freeze was originally set to expire on May 11.  (20 April 2020)
    • ·         JEDI Cloud Lawsuit Paused as Judge Grants Pentagon Request to Revise Solicitation.  Amazon's lawsuit against the Pentagon in the Court of Federal Claims is on hold after a judge today granted the Defense Department's request to "remand" the case so it can revise aspects of the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud and address potential errors being challenged by Amazon.  See https://insidedefense.com/insider/jedi-cloud-lawsuit-paused-judge-grants-pentagon-request-revise-solicitation(20 April 2020)
    • ·         Virus Threatens Months-Long Delays for DoD’s Top Weapon Programs.  The Pentagon’s top acquisition official anticipates the military will see a three-month setback across its major defense acquisition programs as the coronavirus pandemic throws contractors and program officials off their usual rhythm.  “We do anticipate about a three-month slowdown at slower rates in terms of execution than we saw before, and we are just now looking at key milestones that might be impacted,” DoD acquisition chief Ellen Lord said.  Hundreds of the Defense Department's prime contractors and vendors are closed due to the pandemic, according to DoD.  Lord said the Pentagon's wish list for the next round of congressional stimulus legislation is heading to the Office of Management and Budget for review.  (21 April 2020)
    • ·         USAF Looks at Long-Term Impacts of Extended Stop Movement Order.  The Defense Department's newly extended travel ban provides additional leeway to bring troops home from deployments, as Air Force officials try to figure out how to meet the service's highest priority needs if the ban is extended yet again.  The policy change loosens guidelines for waivers aimed at operational deployments and redeployments, recruiting and basic training activities, temporary duty to travel or permanent change of station moves, and medical treatment, Matt Donovan, under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness, told reporters April 18.  The policy will be reviewed every 15 days, with the end date possibly shifting based on current conditions regarding the coronavirus outbreak, he said.  (21 April 2020)
    • ·         Deputy Defense CIO to Retire; Intelligence Community CIO to Step In.  Essye Miller, who served temporarily as acting Defense CIO, plans to retire after 35 years supporting military technology.  The department already has Miller’s replacement lined up: John Sherman, current CIO for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence—the IT leader for the entire intelligence community.  The full article can be found in NextGov at https://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2020/04/deputy-defense-cio-retire-intelligence-community-cio-step/164748/(21 April 2020)
    • ·         20 Empty Seats: Coronavirus May Slow Pentagon’s Push to Fill Vacancies.  (Defense News)  A third of the Pentagon’s jobs are missing a Senate-confirmed leader, and amid the coronavirus pandemic, there are new questions about how many of those roles can be filled before November’s presidential election. Of the Pentagon’s 60 positions that must be confirmed by the Senate, 20 jobs are empty, a spokesman from the Defense Department confirmed.  See https://www.defensenews.com/coronavirus/2020/04/22/20-empty-seats-coronavirus-may-slow-pentagons-push-to-fill-vacancies/(24 April 2020)
    • ·         DoD SkillBridge. (from Charisse Stokes) The DoD SkillBridge program is an opportunity for Service members to gain valuable civilian work experience through specific industry training, apprenticeships, or internships during the last 180 days of service.  SkillBridge connects Service members with industry partners in real-world job experiences.  For Service members SkillBridge provides an invaluable chance to work and learn in civilian career areas. For industry partners SkillBridge is an opportunity to access and leverage the world’s most highly trained and motivated workforce at no cost.  Service members participating in SkillBridge receive their military compensation and benefits, and industry partners provide the training and work experience.  The local POC is CMSgt Michael Morgan, michael.morgan.21@us.af.mil, 813.310.4963  See https://dodskillbridge.usalearning.gov/program-overview.htm(24 April 2020)
    • ·         NITAAC Draft RFP.  The NIH Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC) has issued a new draft RFP as a follow-on to the 10-year, IT services governmentwide acquisition contracts CIO-SP3 and CIO-SP3 Small Business.  The new vehicle will be called Chief Information Officer – Solutions and Partners 4 (CIO-SP4), and it will combine CIO-SP3 and CIO-SP3 Small Business into one unrestricted contract, with a $40 billion ceiling.  It will continue to be managed through NITAAC, a division of the Health and Human Services Department’s National Institutes of Health.  (24 April 2020)
    • ·         No, MIP doesn’t have the link.  If you’re interested look at it as a Corona quarantine Challenge.
    • ·         Calendar of Events.
    • ·      Until things normalize (and eventually they will!), we will not publish a calendar as we can’t keep up with cancellations and postponements
    • ·         Key Links




    Gunter NETCENTS documents


    System Engineering Process Web Site


    Air Force Information Technology & Cyberpower Conference


    Vendor Forums


    South Alabama Chapter PMI


    Montgomery Chapter of AFA


    Montgomery Chapter AFCEA


    AFCEA International “YouTube” Channel


    FedBizOps DoD Opportunities


    MGM Chapter Military Officers Association of America


    DISA website


    Alabama Technology Foundation


    Montgomery Chamber of Commerce


    Alabama Council for Technology in Education


    Alabama State Office of IT


    Florida 8a Alliance


    Eglin AFB Small Business Office


    Huntsville Area Technical Societies Calendar


    Silicon Black Belt News


    Locations of SWFT Electronic fingerprinting
    (for DSS/OPM security clearance


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