MIP Notes from Coffee 6-19-2020

  • 19 Jun 2020 9:50 AM
    Message # 9047410
    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
    • ·         Pentagon Lifts Some Restrictions, Begins Reopening.  The Pentagon will start reopening on June 15, after months of restricting access due to the coronavirus pandemic.  The Defense Department announced June 11 that slightly more workers will be allowed into the building, and the building will open more of its entrances.  DoD plans to randomly test people coming into the Pentagon in an attempt to curb the virus's spread.  Chief Management Officer Lisa Hershman said the decision to reopen was based on a 14-day downward trajectory of influenza-like and COVID-like symptoms within a 50-mile radius of the Pentagon, a decrease in positive test results in the general population, the lifting of stay-at-home orders, and adequate testing capabilities and supplies.  (15 June 2020)
    • ·         Experts Decry Lax Rules For 5G Sat Networks.  (Breaking Defense) As satellite operators scramble to join the 5G revolution, there is growing concern that weakness in U.S. regulatory standards for cybersecurity could mean commercial networks could be full of holes for hackers to exploit.  The Defense Department currently requires that all satellite operators who sign contracts encrypt their data links to ground stations using National Security Agency-approved methods.  For the full article see https://breakingdefense.com/2020/06/experts-decry-lax-rules-for-5g-sat-networks/(15 June 2020)
    • ·         SASC Wants to Reshape Industrial Base, Create ‘Innovation Base.’  Broadening the number of companies, including small businesses, that contribute to the defense industrial base is one of the pushes in the Senate Armed Services Committee's markup of the fiscal 2021 defense policy bill.  The SASC language also puts more protections in place for intellectual property, and demands more steps from the Pentagon to reduce China's ability to mine the U.S. for technology secrets.  The proposed language directs the Pentagon to assess its reliance on overseas suppliers for rare metals, microchips, and other commodities, and look for ways to mitigate that risk.  (16 June 2020)
    • ·         Big Changes to Military Health System Will Be Delayed, Top Health Official Says.  (Military.com)  The COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on reforms of the Pentagon's health system, delaying plans to reduce services at 48 hospitals and clinics by months and forcing additional reviews of civilian care in locations affected by the changes.  See https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/06/12/big-changes-military-health-system-will-be-delayed-top-health-official-says.html for further details.  (16 June 2020)
    • ·         Bunch Reflects on First Year in Command, Outlines AFMC Future.  During a year that has included an Air Force-wide focus on modernization, lethality, and readiness through faster, more agile business processes, the ability of Air Force Materiel Command to successfully meet the needs of the National Defense Strategy was a major focus of Gen. Arnold Bunch Jr.’s first year as commander.  See https://www.afmc.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2218087/bunch-reflects-on-first-year-in-command-outlines-afmc-future/.  (16 June 2020)
    • ·         DoD ‘Agile’ Software Development Still Too Slow: GAO.  (Breaking Defense) As the Defense Department struggles to catch up to Silicon Valley, top officials have loudly embraced the private-sector software development strategy known as “agile.”  But in the Government Accountability Office’s annual survey of 42 major weapons programs, while 22 claimed to be using agile methods, only six actually met the private-sector standard of delivering software updates to users every six weeks—at most.  https://breakingdefense.com/2020/06/dod-agile-software-development-still-too-slow-gao/(16 June 2020)
    • ·         Naval Aviation Schools Command CO and Fellow Navy Pilot Killed in Private Plane Crash.  (Navy Times) The head of the Navy’s Aviation Schools Command and a fellow Navy aviator were killed Wednesday after a private plane they were flying in crashed near Selma, Ala., officials confirmed June 12.  https://www.navytimes.com/news/your-navy/2020/06/12/naval-aviation-schools-command-co-and-fellow-navy-pilot-killed-in-private-plane-crash/(16 June 2020)
    • ·         Alaska Officials Request Anchorage Be Considered for U.S Space Command Headquarters.  (KTUU.com)  Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy and Anchorage, Alaska, Mayor Ethan Berkowitz have both signed on to a letter requesting Anchorage be considered for the headquarters of the United States Space Command.  In the letter, the governor says he believes Anchorage meets the “minimum eligibility requirements and would earn a competitive score when assessed against evaluation criteria.”  https://www.ktuu.com/content/news/State-officials-request-Anchorage-be-considered-for-US-Space-Command-headquarters-571228731.html
    • ·         Acting Pentagon Comptroller to Resign.  (Inside Defense) Acting Pentagon comptroller Elaine McCusker is resigning from the Defense Department, according to a statement from Defense Secretary Mark Esper. McCusker, who was confirmed as deputy comptroller in August 2017, was nominated to serve as Pentagon comptroller last November, but President Donald Trump withdrew her nomination in March following reports about internal emails in which she opposed the White House decision to withhold aid from Ukraine, a matter that was at the center of Trump's impeachment.  See complete article at https://insidedefense.com/insider/acting-pentagon-comptroller-resign(19 June 2020)
    • ·         Bipartisan Senate Bill Would Increase Pentagon’s Artificial Intelligence Capacity. (Nextgov)  The bill would require the Defense Secretary to “develop a training and certification program to better enable” the Defense Department’s human resources workforce to recruit artificial intelligence and cyber talent. In addition, the Defense Secretary would be required to issue guidance on how the Pentagon could make better use of existing direct hire authorities to onboard AI talent.  For the complete article go to https://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2020/06/bipartisan-senate-bill-would-increase-pentagons-artificial-intelligence-capacity/166205/(19 June 2020)
    • ·         AFITC:  Go to https://www.afitc-event.com/ for updates.  We expect the status (virtual vs physical) to be officially posted on the website next week.  Also the deadline for submission of papers has been extended.  (19 June 2020)
    • ·         MGMWERX Trivia Night.  We're back with round II of MGMWERX Trivia Night LIVE!  This virtual trivia event will test your random information recall skills!  Topics include pop culture, tech & innovation, art history, geography, sports, and unicorns!? Okay, maybe not unicorns...this time!  Trivia night will take place on your computer or internet equipped device.  You will be able to tune in by desktop or mobile app.  Teams and individuals are welcome.  Registrants will receive a link to the virtual trivia session by email prior to the live event.  Trivia starts at 6:30PM sharp on June 23.  Trivia Night is FREE, but registration is required!  Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mgmwerx-trivia-night-live-tickets-107723337402 to register.  (19 June 2020)
    • ·         HPE Discover Virtual Experience.  You Are Invited – HPE’s Largest Technology Conference (Free).  HPE Discover Virtual Experience.  These are extraordinary times that have brought new challenges and shifted priorities.  Join us starting June 23rd for HPE Discover Virtual Experience for content and learn how you can accelerate your recovery today while transforming for tomorrow.  Register today at https://www.hpe.com/us/en/discover.html.
    • ·         What you can expect from HPE Discover Virtual Experience?
    • ·         Keynote by President and CEO Antonio Neri and special guests as we kick off an ongoing virtual experience to share what that future will look like in this edge-to-cloud world, where data and insight become solutions, and everything is delivered as-a-service.
    • ·         Explore 150+ LIVE and on-demand sessions from HPE and Industry leaders on priority topics such as Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, Hybrid Cloud, Remote Workforce, High Performance Computing, Business Continuity, Intelligent Edge, and more.
    • ·         Connect with experts for interactive demos and hands-on labs on technology innovations and key solutions to improve operations and enable mission success.
    • ·         Build your skills through training and certification courses taught by HPE experts and designed for you (two packages available at low cost).
    • ·         Give back: HPE is currently donating $10 to covid-19 relief efforts for every registration.
    • ·         How does a virtual event work? You will log into our platform on June 23 and be able to click into clearly defined areas that will take you to sessions or different areas. It’s somewhere in-between being on a really cool, interactive website and being in a video game!  (19 June 2020)
    • ·         Federal MarketView 2020.  For all GovWin Subscribers:  Are you prepared to navigate the evolving federal IT landscape?  Join GovWin and Katie Arrington, CISO for ASD(A), DoD for our annual Federal MarketView webinar featuring the Federal IT Market Forecast.  Ms. Arrington will highlight Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) implications for contractors of all sizes.  Thursday, June 25, 2020,  2:00 PM ET.  For registration. go to https://event.on24.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServlet?target=reg20.jsp&sourceid=10&utm_source=internal-list&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=GWIQ-MarketView-20200612&partnerref=email_internal-list_GWIQ-MarketView-20200612&eventid=2357242&sessionid=1&key=631516978308128510D009A37A6FEFA0&regTag=&sourcepage=register for free registration and further information.  (Thank you Ellen Hill for providing this information) (19 June 2020)
    • ·         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.  The annual Montgomery AFA Chapter 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)

    • ·         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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