MIP Notes from Coffee 5-29-2020

  • 11 Jun 2020 8:03 AM
    Message # 9030469
    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 (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
    • ·         DoD to Loosen Movement Restrictions Despite Recent COVID-19 Deaths.  The Pentagon announced May 26 it will start rolling back restrictions on movement, even though a third U.S. service member and two people affiliated with the Air Force recently died from COVID-19.  A Wisconsin Army Reservist died of the disease caused by the new coronavirus over the Memorial Day weekend, according to the Pentagon’s daily tally of COVID-19 cases.  Additionally, an Air Force civilian and a service contractor also died of the disease in recent days, bringing the Air Force total to four—none of whom were uniformed Airmen.  In a May 22 memo, Defense Secretary Mark Esper wrote that while COVID-19 remains a risk, “improving conditions warrant a transition in our approach to domestic and overseas personnel travel to a conditions-based, phased approach to personnel movement and travel.”  (27 May 2020)
    • ·         USAF Tripling Data-Driven Maintenance Efforts in 2020.  The Air Force’s fledgling Rapid Sustainment Office (RSO) plans to triple the number of aircraft using predictive maintenance algorithms in 2020, the service told Air Force Magazine.  The Conditions-Based Maintenance Plus (CBM+) program, which started last year, and related initiatives use sensors and algorithms to collect data on which weapon system parts need to be replaced before they fail.  As of May 14, the RSO was using predictive maintenance on the B-1, KC-135, C-5, C-130, and F-15.  By the end of September, it wants to expand that effort to include the B-52, C-17, AC-130J, MC-130J, CV-22, HH-60, RC-135, MQ-9, F-16, RQ-4, A-10, and Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile.  (27 May 2020)
    • ·         DoD Moves AI Development to Air Force’s Cloud One as JEDI Protest Drags On(Federal News Network)  Lt. Gen. Jack Shanahan, the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center director, said his organization has decided to start using the Air Force’s Cloud One environment for its AI work for the foreseeable future.  Time is of the essence, he said, since the U.S. military only has about five years before it’s decided whether the United States or China will be the dominant force in AI.  See https://federalnewsnetwork.com/dod-reporters-notebook-jared-serbu/2020/05/dod-moves-ai-development-to-air-forces-cloud-one-as-jedi-protest-drags-on/ for the full article.  (27 May 2020)
    • o   In the same link, below the item on the AI move to Cloud One is an article on “Air Force, DISA Have A New Way To Secure Mobile Phones.”
    • ·         Air Force Seeks Industry Partner for Data Loss Prevention Program(GovConWire)  The Air Force is looking for a contractor to develop and demonstrate a proof of concept for an enterprise data loss prevention system at a military installation.  A solicitation notice posted May 20 stated that the service branch wants a potential vendor to test the POC with at least 100 users and its ability to protect data on-premises or in cloud computing environments.  See https://www.govconwire.com/2020/05/air-force-seeks-industry-partner-for-data-loss-prevention-program/ for the full article.  (27 May 2020)
    • ·         Army Eyes Kessel Run Model to Boost Software Capabilities(Federal Computer Week) The Army is looking to bolster its in-house software capabilities by building software factories like Kessel Run, the Air Force's agile software development program. The Army's chief technology officer, William Robinson, said the service is planning to emulate the Air Force's model as part of a larger effort to better prepare soldiers to manipulate cloud-based applications, including those that perform data analytics, in the field.  See https://fcw.com/articles/2020/05/19/army-software-williams.aspx for the full article.  (27 May 2020)
    • ·         Military Coalition Asks Congress to Stop Downsizing of DoD Medical Facilities.  A coalition of military and veterans associations is urging lawmakers to reverse Pentagon plans to close or downsize military medical facilities as the COVID-19 outbreak spreads.  In February, the Pentagon said it planned to close or downsize 50 medical clinics, including 12 on Air Force bases, to focus more on the “readiness of our operational and medical forces” and less on serving families and retirees.  The Military Coalition, a collection of more than two dozen groups including the Air Force Association, on May 18 sent a letter to the chairs and ranking members of the Senate and House Armed Services subcommittees on personnel urging them to adopt a provision in the fiscal 2021 National Defense Authorization Act to stop the downsizing.  “The COVID-19 pandemic demands medical readiness requirements be reassessed and updated with lessons learned from the whole of nation response to the coronavirus emergency,” the coalition wrote.  (28 May 2020)
    • ·         DoD to Test 5G Network at Nellis.  Another fifth-generation wireless connectivity initiative will come to Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., as part of the Pentagon’s broader push into 5G research.  The Defense Department announced May 28 its research and engineering branch will partner with the Air Force Warfare Center to build a 5G cellular network at Nellis for defense and civilian use.  Officials aim to use the network for two main purposes—to set up 5G-enabled command and control operations and to practice chopping up the network into portions with different speeds and reliability levels needed for a range of uses, an approach known as network slicing.  (29 May 2020)
    • ·         RIP Sam Johnson, 1930-2020.  Former Rep. Sam Johnson (R), a founder of the Air Force Caucus in Congress, a seven-year POW in Vietnam, a former Thunderbird, and a Korean War veteran, died May 27 in Plano, Texas, at age 89.  (29 May 2020)
    • ·         Upcoming AFCEA Virtual Seminars
    • ·         Virtual Lunch and Learn 4 June 2020:  Lt Col Paul Cooper, Chief, BESpin Solution Center here in Montgomery, will be the featured speaker for a Virtual Lunch and Learn, speaking on the subject of Digital University.  Registration is required for the Zoom event.  The flyer is attached to the notes at the end.  Go to  http://afceamontgomery.org/event-3855376 to sign up and for full information.  (29 May 2020)
    • o   Space is limited for this webinar so sign up, BUT if you sign up and taken a slot, be sure to attend!
    • ·         Stand by for additional details for other upcoming seminars sponsored by AFCEA Montgomery.  (29 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
    • ·         Applied Digital Skills Educator Workshop.  Join AFCEA Montgomery and MGMWerx on June 5 0900-1030 CDT for two workshops with Google Innovator and Trainer, Eujon Anderson, offering a FREE project-based curriculum that equips your students with practical tech skills, including how to make digital presentations, do online research, work with spreadsheets, and more. This self-paced, blended curriculum is appropriate for teachers in K-12 and Higher Education.  Space is limited, so register now!  Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-google-applied-digital-skills-summer-workshop-tickets-93735291781?lang=en-us&locale=en_US&view=domo for registration and more information.  (29 May 2020)
    • ·         Auburn University Community Outreach Courses Online.  Each term, Auburn University offers approximately 50 - 75 short courses, specializing in a broad array of topics that include health and fitness, arts and crafts, financial planning, recreation and sportsman activities, language and communication studies, music, computers, life-saving skills, test preparation, driver education, and much more!  New classes are added each term!  Online courses include GRE/LSAT/ACT/SAT prep, and some classes are free.  For further information or to sign up, go to http://www.auburn.edu/outreach/opce/cc.htm for full information.  (29 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:

    ·         Philip Andreski, Col, USAF (Ret) died on May 13th, 2020.  Phil was well known in the Montgomery community and had been Director of AF Programs for BAE in Colorado Springs.  His obituary is at https://obits.gazette.com/obituaries/gazette/obituary.aspx?n=philip-andreski&pid=196203580

    ·         The Senate has confirmed the following general officer for appointment to the grade of lieutenant general with assignment as indicated:

    Maj Gen Shaun Q. Morris; Commander, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH

    No public announcement as of today regarding Lt Gen McMurry, the current AFLCMC/CC, as to future plans or assignment.

    • ·         Job Opportunities:
    • ·      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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