MIP Notes from Coffee 5-15-2020

  • 15 May 2020 3:56 PM
    Message # 8971533
    Joni Ahlers (Administrator)

    Lee Terrell (TunnelVue), Arnie Regan (Gentleman Farmer), John O’Connor (Oasis)

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    • ·         AFA Daily Report
    • ·         Amazon Files New Protest in Ongoing JEDI Cloud Saga.  Amazon Web Services filed another protest May 4 to again push back on the Pentagon’s premiere cloud infrastructure competition.  Amazon is appealing directly to the Pentagon over a perceived lack of clarity as the Defense Department amends its requirements for the commercial Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud.  The company already pumped the brakes on the JEDI program by protesting DoD’s October 2019 contract award to Microsoft, leading a federal judge to order the Pentagon to make changes.  The new protest is private.  Now, AWS says the proposed changes do not meaningfully address the problems it raised in its protest. (11 May 2020)
    • ·         Pentagon Wants Better Data for Its Predictive Aircraft Maintenance AI.  (Nextgov) The Pentagon’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center is looking for ideas on how to improve the way it can use artificial intelligence technologies to predict when the Defense Department’s thousands of planes, helicopters, and unmanned aerial vehicles need maintenance and repairs.  The JAIC issued a request for information May 7 indicating it has run into challenges in its pathfinder project using AI to predict maintenance on H-60 helicopters and their T700 engines.  See https://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2020/05/pentagon-wants-better-data-its-predictive-aircraft-maintenance-ai/165263/(11 May 2020)
    • ·         SOCOM Chief: Door-Kickers Are Out, Cyber Operators Are In.  (Task and Purpose)  The future of U.S. special operations may no longer involve a gaggle of commandos busting through a door, according to U.S. Special Operations Command's top general, but 'cyber operator' tasked with bringing their unique set of tools to bear on adversaries.  Speaking to thousands of members of the defense industrial base at the 2020 Virtual Special Operations Forces Industry Conference, SOCOM commander Army Gen. Richard Clarke laid out his vision for the future of U.S. special operations around the globe, a future that, while still centered on violent extremism, will rely heavily on information warfare.  See: https://taskandpurpose.com/news/special-operations-forces-cyber-warfare for the complete article.  (13 May 2020)
    • ·         ARCWERX Will Leverage ANG, Reserve Innovation to Enhance Total Force.  A new innovation organization has quietly joined the military’s WERX universe.  ARCWERX—an innovation organization specifically created for the Air Force's reserve component—looks to leverage the proverbial superpowers hidden within Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve ranks, as well as strategic partnerships, to mold a more effective, ready, and lethal Total Force.  (14 May 2020)
    • ·         Commander of Peterson’s 21st Space Wing Found Dead at Home.  Col. Thomas Falzarano, commander of the 21st Space Wing at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., was found unresponsive and pronounced dead at his home on May 12, the wing announced in a May 13 release.  “The cause of death is under investigation, but initial indications are that it was due to natural causes,” the release stated, adding that no signs of COVID-19 were discovered.  Falzarano’s deputy, Col. Sam Johnson, is now commanding the wing, the release added.  Chief of Space Operations Gen. Jay Raymond recalled Falzarano as “an incredible leader, mentor, and friend who will be remembered for his warm personality and dedicated service to our nation."  (14 May 2020)
    • ·         Senator Pushes to Require National Cyber Director in Defense Authorization Bill.  (Nextgov)  The head of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee wants to require a Senate-confirmed national cyber director in the coming annual defense authorization bill.  For the full article see https://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2020/05/senator-pushes-require-national-cyber-director-defense-authorization-bill/165374/(15 May 2020)
    • ·         Program Executive Office for Business Enterprise Systems Industry Day Webinar. (Presented by AFCEA and PEO BES.)  In lieu of the event that would normally have been held after MITS, there will be a virtual Industry Day webinar on 20 May 20202 1100-1400 CDT.  The event is free but advance registration is required.  Go to https://www.montgomerychamber.com/events/details/program-executive-office-for-business-enterprise-systems-industry-day-webinar-presented-by-afcea-and-peo-bes-8441 to register and for more information.  (15 May 2020)
    • ·         TechMGM Sponsored Webinars.  There are a number of relevant upcoming events sponsored by TechMGM with the Chamber.  Go to www.montgomerychamber.com/events to view the calendar and see all of the upcoming opportunities.  Registration in advance is required for most events.  (15 May 2020)
    • ·         The webinar from this past week “Analyzing Public Datasets Using Google Big Query and Looker” was the first in this series.  A copy of the presentation slide deck is attached to the notes.
    • ·         At the end of the notes is a schedule of upcoming free Google seminars.  Click on the registration links for additional information and to sign up
    • ·         Microsoft Build Conference.  As developers come together to help the world solve new challenges, sharing knowledge and staying connected is more important than ever. Join your community to learn, connect, and code—to expand your skillset today, and innovate for tomorrow.  There will be a variety of sessions and topics targeting startups to students.  Go to https://mybuild.microsoft.com/  for more information.  (15 March 2020)
    • ·         TRICARE To Cover Telemed, Eliminate Some Co-Pays.  (from MOAA.com)  Tricare will now cover telephone services for some medical appointments and will eliminate copayments for beneficiaries who use telehealth services in place of an in-person visit to the doctor during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Effective Wednesday (13 May), the Defense Department's health program will cover audio-only remote services for office visits "when appropriate" and will not require copays for telemedicine, according to a notice in the Federal Register.  The coverage will extend through the end or suspension of the national emergency as declared by President Donald Trump, according to the ruling.  The ruling eliminates cost-sharing, including co-pays and deductibles, for in-network telehealth services for both Tricare Prime and Tricare Select beneficiaries in all geographic locations.  It also lifts Tricare's prohibition on medical services via telephone, allowing physicians or other providers to evaluate a patient's symptoms by phone.  While the ruling is clear that appointments via telehealth -- with audio and video capability -- are preferred, phone calls are acceptable for those who may not have access to high-speed internet or a computer with Wi-Fi access.  The service applies to any illness or injury covered by Tricare, including COVID-19, but calls must be considered medically necessary and conducted by a network Tricare provider within the scope of his or her professional license.  (14 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.
    • ·         Wetumpka HS S.T.E.A.M. Year in Review.  Dr Virginia Vilardi shared a retrospective of the activities and you can view the slide deck in the attachment to the notes.  MIP has been a great supporter of their program as well as many other educational programs in the local area.  (15 May 2020)
    • ·         Montgomery BEST Competition.  Montgomery BEST is preparing to host its second robotics competition this fall for area middle schools and high schools. This year's BEST Robotics Competition, "Incision Decision", challenges students to build a robotic solution for the medical field. On September 10th, up to 25 teams from the River Region and surrounding area will begin the six-week process to design and build a robot for the competition on October 24th at the Montgomery Multiplex. Through the program students will develop many important skills including engineering, problem solving, leadership, teamwork, public speaking, and working effectively with others. Schools do not pay any entry fees to participate and are provided robot materials free of charge. Please see the attached form for more information about the program and to see how you can help support the competition.  (15 May 2020)
    • ·         TechNet Augusta 2020 is on Track as Scheduled.  With assistance from the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence and industry experts, TechNet Augusta 2020 is currently on track to take place as scheduled for August 17-21, 2020.  Military, government, academia and industry leaders will discuss building the multi-domain force, explore intricacies of the cyber domain and address procurement challenges.
    • ·         https://events.afcea.org/Augusta20/Public/sessions.aspx?&ID=82077&sortMenu=102000&View=Sessions&utm_source=Informz&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Informz%20Email&_zs=WHmkc1&_zl=mMql6 has the conference agenda, including:
    • o   Annual AFCEA Augusta-Fort Gordon Chapter Golf Tournament
    • o   Capture the Flag Competition - International warriors challenge their cyber skills in a virtual environment.
    • o   Continuing education opportunities - Maintain cybersecurity certifications by attending approved sessions.
    • o   Industry solution reviews - 11 problem statements just announced.
    • ·         Registration: https://events.afcea.org/Augusta20/Public/Content.aspx?ID=82026&sortMenu=103001&utm_source=Informz&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Informz%20Email&_zs=WHmkc1&_zl=lMql6.
    • ·         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.  (15 May 2020)

    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.

    ·         AFA Golf Tournament.  Our annual Golf tournament is scheduled for 7 October 2020 at the Arrowhead Country Club.  This will be a best-ball scramble tournament followed by dinner and an awards ceremony.  Please mark your calendars as more information will be out in the near future.  (15 May 2020)

    ·         Personnel:

    ·         Maj Gen Shaun Q. Morris:
    FROM:  Commander, Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, and Air Force Program Executive Officer for Strategic Systems, Air Force Materiel Command, Kirtland AFB, NM
    TO:  Commander, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH

    • ·         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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