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MIP Notes from Coffee 5-22-2019

  • 22 May 2020 11:13 AM
    Message # 8986696
    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
    mipdistro@MGM-partners.org

    Lee Terrell (TunnelVue), 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
    • ·         Air Force Aims to Make Secure Mobile Identity Management the Norm.  (Federal Computer Week)  Jason Howe, the Air Force's CTO and chief cloud architect for manpower, personnel, and services said the current reality has exposed DoD's need to loosen its view on mobile security.  See https://fcw.com/articles/2020/05/14/williams-usaf-mobile.aspx(18 May 2020)
    • ·         How AI Will Soon Change Special Operations.  (Defense One)  A new U.S. Special Operations Command office is pursuing tools to understand and influence populations, clear rooms with robots, and spot new forms of jamming.  For the complete article, see https://www.defenseone.com/technology/2020/05/how-ai-will-soon-change-special-operations/165487/(20 May 2020)
    • ·         Pentagon’s AI Center Awards $800M Contract Through GSA Center of Excellence Program.  (Nextgov)  Through its partnership with the General Services Administration’s Centers of Excellence, the Defense Department’s central artificial intelligence program signed an $800 million contract with Booz Allen Hamilton for AI-powered warfighter support tools.  See www.emerging-tech/2020/05/pentagons-ai-center-awards-800m-contract-through-gsa-center-excellence-program/165479/ for the complete story.  (20 May 2020)
    • ·         DoD Outlines Criteria for Bases to Lower Health Protection Levels.  Military commanders may begin lowering health protection conditions and returning to more regular operations if their location meets certain criteria, like a two-week downturn in the number of coronavirus cases, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said in May 20 guidance to the armed forces. Most U.S. military installations across the globe have been at health protection condition “Charlie,” the second-highest level, as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads.  (21 May 2020)
    • o   (Editor note: Maxwell AFB has started to reopen some activities.  Fitness centers are open for active duty only but they must make a “reservation” so distancing can be managed.  The Base Chapels also are resuming services but also limited strictly to active duty and dependents and they must make advance reservations.)
    • ·         Eglin F-35A Crashes Upon Landing, Pilot Ejects.  An F-35A from the 58th Fighter Squadron crash-landed late May 19 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., according to the 33rd Fighter Wing.  The pilot safely ejected.  The crash marks Eglin's second recent fifth-generation jet mishap, following the May 15 crash of an F-22 assigned to the base.  The F-35A crashed around 9:30 p.m. after a routine night training sortie, the fighter wing said on Facebook.  The pilot was in stable condition and went to Eglin's 96th Medical Group for evaluation and monitoring.  No civilian property was damaged in the crash, which will be formally investigated.  (20 May 2020)
    • ·         Some Air Force Missions Could Grow Under Bigger Budget.  The Air Force wants to add more Airmen for space, sensing, command and control, and logistics, if upcoming military budgets let the service grow, Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen “Seve” Wilson said May 20.  Wilson also said plans for a larger bomber force will firm up within a year, that the other services will have to justify their long-range strike spending, and that he is cautiously optimistic that mission-capable rates or similar readiness measures will continue to improve.  Speaking during an online Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies event, Wilson said the service plans to focus on staffing the most urgent areas first as it builds toward 386 operational squadrons—the so-called “Force We Need."  (20 May 2020)
    • ·         Memorial Day Virtual Parade.  Most of the usual commemorations will be curtailed this year.  Ancestry.Com will host a virtual Memorial Day Parade on Monday 25 May at 1100 EDT/100 CDT.  The History Channel, Wounded Warrior Project, The Greatest GENERATIONS Foundation, Heroes of the Second World War and TAPS all teamed up with Ancestry to produce the joint tribute.  The 45-minute production will be streamed on Ancestry's Facebook Page via Watch Party and later available to stream on www.ancestry.com. There will be a special focus on World War II due to this year's 75th anniversary; the program will also feature patriotic hymns performed by The Lincoln Way Marching Band from New Lenox, Illinois; celebrity cameo appearances; and educational clips provided by the participating veterans organizations.  https://www.military.com/off-duty/2020/05/11/commemorate-memorial-day-virtual-parade-heroes.html (Thanks to Andy Pears for passing this along.)  (21 May 2020)
    • ·         AF Acquisition Model.  You can view the Air Force Acquisition model at https://www.afacpo.com/apm/.  (22 May 2020)
    • ·         Evaluating COVID-19 Models using Intelligence Analytic Methods.  The AFCEA Montgomery Chapter has partnered with AFCEA International and American Public University System to provide to our members a 60-minute webinar titled Evaluating COVID-19 Models using Intelligence Analytic Methods on May 27, 2020 at 10:00 AM CST.  In this webinar, Erik Kleinsmith, AVP at American Military University and author of the recent book, Intelligence Operations: Understanding Data, Tools, People, and Processes will discuss and present methods for adapting intelligence methods to more effectively evaluate these models.  This opportunity is an AFCEA member benefit.  Register for this event by going to the link:  https://event.afcea.org/WebinarSignIn(22 May 2020)
    • ·         Upcoming AFCEA Virtual Seminars.  Stand by for additional details for 2 upcoming seminars sponsored by AFCEA Montgomery on June 4 and June 18.  We will send out notices when the details are available.  (22 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)
    • ·         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.
    • ·         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:

    ·         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.
    • ·      Summer hires???  If anyone thinks they can use a summer hire, we have a few former robotics competitors who are trying to find ways to get some practical IT world experience.  Please reply to MIPDistro@MGM-Partners.org with “Summer hire” in subject line.
    • ·      Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position.  Candidates will be responsible for teaching computer programming courses, and additional teaching assignments will be based on their background and knowledge.  We are seeking candidates who have a passion for student engagement and advancing the mission of the University and the College.  Faulkner University is a Christian university affiliated with the churches of Christ.  This is a full-time, 9-month position. Faculty rank, tenure status and salary will be commensurate with academic qualifications, teaching experience, and research.  For more information and to apply, go to https://faulkner.applicantpro.com/jobs/1155496.html.  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  While an applicant with a PhD is ideal, we will also entertain applicants with relevant work experience with a Masters degree.  If you have any questions, please contact Susan Hammond at shammond8@hotmail.com.
    • ·         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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