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MIP Notes from Coffee 5-8-2020

  • 08 May 2020 3:08 PM
    Message # 8956247
    Joni Ahlers (Administrator)
    • ·         AFA Daily Report
    • ·         Brown’s CSAF Confirmation Hearing Slated for May 7.  Pacific Air Forces boss Gen. C.Q. Brown Jr. will get his shot at becoming the Air Force’s next Chief of Staff at his Senate confirmation hearing scheduled for May 7.  The Senate Armed Services Committee plans to vet Brown, Navy Secretary nominee Kenneth Braithwaite, and Deputy Under Secretary Of Defense For Policy nominee James Anderson in its second in-person hearing since returning from an extended recess due to the coronavirus pandemic.  SASC will "follow guidelines developed in consultation with the Office of the Attending Physician, the Senate Sergeant at Arms, and the Senate Rules Committee to protect the health of members, witnesses, staff, and the public,” the committee said.  “This includes maintaining 6-foot social distance spacing in the hearing room.”  (4 May 2020)
    • ·         Air Force Realigns PEOs to Give Bombers More Focus, Capture Mobility ‘Synergies.’  The Air Force is reshuffling the oversight of its fighters, bombers, and mobility aircraft, separating fighters and bombers and putting tankers and the Open Skies recap program together with other airlift programs.  The reorganization is meant to put greater emphasis on bombers and extract the efficiencies of putting all mobility types under one leader.  The replacement of Air Force One will retain a separate Program Executive Officer, the new B-21 bomber will still be run by the Rapid Capabilities Office, and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will still be run by the Joint Program Office.  (4 May 2020)
    • ·         Barksdale B-52 Loses Panel During New Orleans Flyover.  A B-52 assigned to the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., lost an access panel during a May 1 flyover to honor individuals on the frontlines of the fight against the new coronavirus in New Orleans.  The panel was recovered, and no one was injured in the incident, but a safety investigation is planned, wing spokesperson 2nd Lt. Aileen Lauer told Air Force Magazine later the same day.  (4 May 2020)
    • ·         Defense Innovation Board’s Josh Marcuse heads to Google.  (FedScoop)  Josh Marcuse, the head of the Defense Innovation Board, is leaving his job as a champion of tech in the military to join Google’s public sector shop. Marcuse has served as executive director of the innovation board since 2016 and in a number of other innovation policy positions. In the director role, he organized the board and its meetings, and facilitated its recommendations to the Department of Defense.  See https://www.fedscoop.com/defense-innovation-board-google-josh-marcuse/(5 May 2020)
    • ·         Citing Cyber Threats, Trump Orders Ban on Buying Energy Sector Equipment from Foreign Adversaries.  (Nextgov)  President Trump has tasked the Energy secretary with issuing rules that would ban U.S. entities from procuring foreign equipment that the administration said could make the nation’s electricity systems vulnerable to cyberattacks. “The bulk-power system is a target of those seeking to commit malicious acts against the United States and its people, including malicious cyber activities,” he said declaring a national emergency in an executive order issued May 1.  See  https://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2020/05/citing-cyber-threats-trump-orders-ban-buying-energy-sector-equipment-foreign-adversaries/165083/(5 May 2020)
    • ·         CyberPatriot XII Nationals Champions Announced.  (AFA release)  The Air Force Association's CyberPatriot program announced this week the winners of the twelfth season of its National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. CyberPatriot XII began in October 2019 with nearly 7,000 registered teams among the Open, All Service, and Middle School divisions of the competition.  See https://www.afa.org/publications-news/news/2020-05-04/cyberpatriot-xii-nationals-champions-announced(5 May 2020)
    • ·         Goldfein: Time to ‘Dust Off’ the MOPP Gear Because COVID-19 Isn’t Going Away.  Current predictions show a COVID-19 vaccine is still 18 months away, so the Air Force must find ways to survive and operate in a world where the virus keeps coming back, Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein wrote in an April 28 letter to commanders.  “It’s time to dust off those Ability to Survive and Operate manuals,” Goldfein wrote.  “Many of us grew up in the age of Apple Orchards, MOPP levels, operations with PPE, aircraft decontamination procedures, etc.  While we have not required it in recent years given our focus on the Middle East, the ability to survive and operate in a CBRNE environment is in our DNA.”  Goldfein said the pandemic is now the "defining moment" for Airmen, comparing it to Pearl Harbor and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks for previous generations.  "The command characteristic of each defining moment is the world never returned to where it was before the event," Goldfein wrote. (6 May 2020)
    • ·         Inside the Air Force’s Scramble to Telework During the COVID-19 Pandemic.  The Air Force’s information technology enterprise is facing an unprecedented test.  The coronavirus pandemic has shocked global economies, sent nations into lockdown, and overwhelmed hospitals in some of the largest American cities.  As the U.S. workforce adjusts to the new reality of working from home, the virus’s spread is forcing the IT that supports millions of military and civilian personnel to sink or swim.  Building on incremental changes that were already in progress, Air Force officials are trying to turn what they call “20th-century IT for a 21st-century service” into an enterprise that keeps their air, cyber, and space missions going uninterrupted.  If they succeed, this urgent recognition of IT as a top priority could reverberate far into the future for a better connected, digitally savvy force.  (6 May 2020)
    • ·           Esper’s Approach to Flat Budgets Mirrors USAF, Keeps Nukes a Priority.  Defense Secretary Mark Esper acknowledged that heavy government spending on anti-Coronavirus efforts could suppress defense spending in coming years, and said the Pentagon will prioritize modernization programs over legacy systems if the budget flattens.  There are "dozens" of legacy programs Esper said he would be willing to give up in order to preserve modernization efforts, though he didn't offer specifics.  The Air Force has come under fire for just this approach, having offered up B-1 bombers, A-10 attack jets, and numerous aerial tankers for retirement in its fiscal 2021 budget, with the aim of using the resulting savings to develop the joint all-domain command and control system and other modernization programs.  (7 May 2020)
    • ·         Pentagon Wants AI to Predict Behavioral Changes in Troops.  (NextGov)  When a teammate is struggling with depression, mental health, or other psychological issues, it can have a debilitating effect on the entire team. During a military operation, those issues, if left unaddressed, can lead to mission failure, injury, and death. To prevent mental health issues from becoming a problem on the battlefield, the Defense Innovation Unit—a team within the Defense Department that taps nontraditional contractors to bring the latest technologies to the military—wants to develop predictive artificial intelligence that can flag behavior changes in a service member.  See https://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2020/05/pentagon-want-ai-predict-behavioral-changes-troops/165148/(7 May 2020)
    • ·         EXCLUSIVE: DoD CIO Makes Case For Sticking With JEDI.  (From Breaking Defense) A lot of people – even experts – don’t get what the JEDI cloud computing program is really about, Dana Deasy told me. And that, the Defense Department’s Chief Information Officer admitted, is partly the Pentagon’s own fault he told me during a half-hour interview.  So, this morning, after Breaking Defense published the latest of several stories on JEDI’s legal and political troubles and the mounting criticism of the program, Deasy agreed to an interview to explain just why he thinks the worldwide military cloud is still essential – and too complexly integrated to split chunks off to different contractors.  To see the full article and interview, go to https://breakingdefense.com/2020/05/exclusive-dods-cio-makes-case-for-sticking-with-jedi/?utm_campaign=Breaking%20News&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=87470022&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_dELQXh80sLjka0pwwchUNH7t6AfYu5P3BVnKAP3VXCI2F0P2NZ9AkVtZw5sLw4MBsloyhR0WLqqVRqxL0z_3HWKS7ICuzI8cEfAHKfRlc0Wx6_Q4&_hsmi=87470022(8 May 2020)
    • ·         DevSecOps Seminar.  The Northern Virginia (NOVA) AFCEA Chapter is hosting a virtual seminar: Getting in front of the DevSecOps challenge:  Strategies that work Thursday 28 May 2020 1600-1700 CDT.  The presenter is Cindy Blake, CISSP, Senior Security Evangelist at GitLab.
    • ·         Security can be an inhibitor or an enabler as agencies embrace DevOps software development methodologies.  Two things are clear: applications and their infrastructure will always be a prime target of attack, and security pros will always be outnumbered by developers. As developers crank out more code, faster, how does security keep up with the new pace?  In this session, we will see exactly how application security can become iterative, automated and embedded into the automated DevOps processes.  This step-by-step view through the developers’ workflow will show exactly where application security can be embedded, along with what outcomes can be achieved by enabling developers to find and fix security flaws.  In addition to workflows and tools, we'll discuss ways that others have successfully aligned motivations.
    • ·         The seminar is CompTIA approved:
    • o   1 CompTIA CEU for A+, Network+, Security+, Linux+, Cloud+, PenTest+, and CySA+,CertNexus approved - 1 CEC for CyberSec First Responder GIAC approved - 1 CPE.
    • ·         To register, go to https://nova.afceachapters.org/event/afcea-nova-devsecops-webinar.  This will be a  Virtual Zoom meeting (meeting link and passcode will be provided upon registration).  Cost: Free (but registration is required) (8 May 2020)
    • ·         Quest Labs Offer COVID Tests.  individuals can purchase COVID-19 antibody testing for themselves online, without visiting a doctor's office, through QuestDirect, the consumer-initiated testing business of Quest Diagnostics.  The COVID-19 Immune Response test is available at GetQuestTest.com.  The new service broadens access to COVID-19 antibody testing in the United States.  On April 21, Quest announced the launch of its COVID-19 antibody test service for healthcare providers to order on behalf of patients.  With QuestDirect, an individual can request the test and purchase it online.  Each test request is reviewed and, if appropriate, an order for testing is issued by a licensed physician.  Individuals have the opportunity to speak with a licensed physician about their results.  (8 May 2020)
    • o   The Montgomery area Quest lab is in the Chantilly Parkway Walmart in the front area by the registers.
    • ·         Google and Apple Partner on COVID Tracking. Across the world, governments and health authorities are working together to find solutions to the COVID‑19 pandemic, to protect people and get society back up and running.  Software developers are contributing by crafting technical tools to help combat the virus and save lives. In this spirit of collaboration, Google and Apple are announcing a joint effort to enable the use of Bluetooth technology to help governments and health agencies reduce the spread of the virus, with user privacy and security central to the design.  As part of this partnership Google and Apple are releasing draft documentation for an Exposure Notification system in service of privacy-preserving contact tracing.  For more details, see https://www.apple.com/covid19/contacttracing.
    • ·         AFA 2020 Air, Space & Cyber Conference.  Registration is now open for the Air Force Association's 2020 Air, Space & Cyber Conference.  The theme of the conference is Aerospace Nation: Air, Space & Cyber Forces in the Fight.  This conference is the nation's premier defense and aerospace professional development event, ideal for military, government, industry, and academic professionals interested in aerospace and cyber developments.  September 14-16, 2020, Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, MD.

    o   The Air Force Association staff is carefully monitoring and assessing COVID-19 pandemic implications daily.  We are currently planning to host ASC2020 as scheduled. We will contact all registered attendees immediately if the conference status changes, as well as post information on our website.  In the event that AFA must cancel the event, AFA will process full refunds for any confirmed registrations at the time of cancellation, minus any membership payments.

    Visit https://www.afa.org/events/calendar/2020-09-14/air-space-cyber-conference for more information about our conference and technology exposition.

    ·         Personnel:

    ·         N/A

    • ·         Job Opportunities:
    • ·      Ignite has immediate openings in the Montgomery area for Java/ADF Software Developers at the Senior and Journeyman level to develop cloud capable DoD enterprise application. Also hiring Journeyman Functional Analyst/Testers for the Cargo Movement Operations System (CMOS).  See www.ignitenow.net for more information.
    • ·         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


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