MIP Notes from Coffee 7/10/2020

  • 10 Jul 2020 9:52 AM
    Message # 9092998
    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.

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    Until further notice, in accordance with the local Health Authorities recommendations, there will not be any MIP Meetings.  We will continue the weekly notes
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    Lee Terrell (TunnelVue), Arnie Regan (Gentleman Farmer), John O’Connor (Oasis)

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    • ·         AFA Daily Report
    • ·         Republicans, Democrats Find Common Ground with NDAA.  The head of the House Armed Services Committee calls himself an optimist.  This year, he also has to be a realist. Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), tried to pack Democratic priorities into his committee’s version of the fiscal 2021 defense policy bill—though not enough, according to some progressives and policy advocates—and ultimately came up with legislation that will spark fewer fireworks than last year.  “By and large, those have been resolved,” Smith told reporters during a June 30 Defense Writers Group event.  “Not all of them have been resolved to my satisfaction, but nothing has changed in terms of the control of the Senate, the control of the White House, control of the House.  We fought those battles, we see the outcome, and so there is not the necessity to fight them again, in many instances.”  Ranking member Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) recently noted the 2021 bill "is not the bill I would have written, but on the whole, it is one I agree with and can support." (1 July 2020)
    • ·         SASC Pushes Cyber Overhaul In New NDAA.  (Breaking Defense)  Sen. Angus King, co-chair of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, thinks a cyber threat could be as dangerous—or worse—than the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Senate Armed Services Committee is listening and has incorporated 11 of the commission’s recommendations in the 2021 NDAA, with another 18 ready to be introduced as amendments.  For further details, see https://breakingdefense.com/2020/07/sasc-pushes-cyber-overhaul-in-new-ndaa/(2 July 2020)
    • ·         House Armed Services Committee Passes 2021 Policy Bill.  The House Armed Services Committee argued its way through its version of the fiscal 2021 defense policy bill on July 1, ultimately approving the annual legislation 56-0.  The unanimous vote is a stark departure from the committee’s 33-24 vote last year, which largely fell along party lines after a contentious marathon debate.  In comparison, this markup lasted only about 14 hours.  One of Congress’s most traditional lawmaking processes is taking place under the least traditional circumstances, thanks to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  (6 July 2020)
    • ·         AFA’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference Will Be Virtual.  The Air Force Association's 2020 Air, Space & Cyber Conference will be held virtually in September because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the association announced July 6.  The digital event will take place the week of Sept. 14, as scheduled, and feature a mix of live and on-demand conference sessions, opportunities to interact with leaders, industry exhibits, and sessions with top Air Force and Space Force leaders.  AFA's president, retired USAF Lt. Gen. Bruce “Orville” Wright, said the decision to hold the event online was “extremely arduous” but necessary given that “a safe, high-caliber, in-person” conference for 12,000 attendees would not be possible under current conditions. (7 July 2020)
    • ·         About Half of US States Bid to Host SPACECOM.  More than two dozen states are vying to become the future home of U.S. Space Command, a far broader field than was previously considered.  “The Department of the Air Force has received nominations from 26 states,” Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said.  “We were pleased with the strong response the Air Force received from across the country with state nominations.”  Stefanek did not say which cities or states are in the running, but communities from Washington state to Florida have announced their candidacy. (7 July 2020)
    • o   Huntsville Alabama, home to Redstone Arsenal, the Missile Defense Agency, Army Materiel Command and NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, is among the candidates.
    • ·         House Defense Appropriators Float Fiscal 2021 Plan.  House appropriators are planning to offer the Pentagon $694.6 billion for operations, personnel, and procurement, plus another $10.5 billion for military construction, in fiscal 2021.  The Defense Department funding proposal is $1.3 billion higher than DoD received in fiscal 2020, but nearly $4 billion lower than the Trump administration requested.  It spans $626.2 billion for the base account and another $68.4 billion to fund ongoing combat and deterrence operations in the Overseas Contingency Operations account.  (7 July2020)
    • ·         Proposal to Roll Over Some Pentagon Funds Could Help Save Money.  Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) hopes a small addition to fiscal 2021 defense legislation will make a big difference in how the Pentagon spends its money.  The top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee argues Congress should let the military roll over as much as half of its annual operations and maintenance funding to the next year. O&M money, by far the Pentagon’s biggest account, expires at the end of each fiscal year, prompting a scramble to spend the entire pot by Sept. 30 every year.  The Defense Department wants to spend nearly $290 billion on operations and maintenance in 2021, about $125 billion more than the next-largest category of personnel.  If Thornberry’s proposal is implemented, the move could help the U.S. shrink defense spending over time.  (9 July 2020)
    • ·         GSA Announces Revamping of Small Business GWAC Programs.  As part of this strategy, GSA announced on 2 July that Alliant 2 Small Business (A2SB) Government Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) has been cancelled.  STARS II and VETS 2 remain in place.  For further details see:
    • ·         https://fcw.com/articles/2020/07/02/wakeman-alliant2-cancelled-small-biz.aspx?m=1
    • ·         https://www.gsa.gov/about-us/newsroom/news-releases/gsa-announces-plans-to-revamp-small-business-gwac-programs-07022020  (10 July 2020)
    • ·         AFCEA Lunch and Learn.  The Montgomery AFCEA Chapter will host a virtual “Lunch and Learn” on 16 July 2020, 1130-1230 CDT on the topic The Digital Divide.  The panel will be moderated by Eric Sloan and feature the following panelists:
    • ·         Dawn Morrison, Alabama Department of Education
    • ·         Ejon Anderson, Google Digital Applied Skills
    • ·         Dr. Tim Lewis, AUM College of Education
    • ·         Justin Hampton, Montgomery Education Foundation

    Register by 1600 on Tuesday 14 July 2020 at http://www.afceamontgomery.org(10 July 2020)

    • ·         Professional Tech Writing Internships.  AUM is offering professional and technical writing courses starting this Fall.  In addition, their instructors are interested in giving real world application experience to their students.  If your company or organization could use assistance (unpaid internships) with writing for websites, blogs, social media, documents, etc., they would love to partner with you for projects this semester!!  Please find their contact information below and see attached flyer. (10 July 2020)
    • ·         John C. Havard, Ph.D.
      Associate Professor and Department Chair
      Department of English and Philosophy
      Auburn University at Montgomery
      P.O. Box 244023
      Montgomery, AL 36124-4023
    • ·         Lilian Mina, Ph.D.
      Honors Assistant Professor of English, Rhetoric and Composition
      Director of Composition
      Executive Board Member, Council of Writing Program Administrators
      Department of English and Philosophy
      College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
      Auburn University at Montgomery
      P.O. Box 244023
      Montgomery, AL 36124-4023
      Office: Liberal Arts 335
      Phone: 334-244-3634
      Email: lmina@aum.edu
      Twitter: @LilianMina
    • ·         Computer Science and Computer Information Systems Associate Degree Programs.  Please find attached the Press Release for Central Alabama Community College about their revised Computer Science and Computer Information Systems associate degree programs.  They have aligned with CompTIA for A+ and Network+ plus certifications and Google for their Specialist certification.  Several of these classes are 100% virtual and are approved for dual enrollment.  Great opportunity locally!  (10 July 2020)
    • ·         Military Appreciation Zoo Days.  The Chamber will be having our Military Appreciation Day at the Zoo this year  – but as you know, it will have to be a little different.  Everyone has to follow the Zoo guidelines with masks and six-foot distance.  Every year our Zoo Day is such a success with over 2,000 military members and families attending, but unfortunately we cannot offer it for this high number this year.  The Zoo is limited to 1,000 attending each day – so we are going to have our Military Day over three days – August 4, 5, & 6th - Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday.  We will offer 700 tickets a day for our military members & families.  Those attending have to register on the Eventbrite link to designate which day they are attending.  We cannot offer lunch this year either from the Spire Cook Team – this part has always been a big hit with food, ice cream, beverages and, of course, the friendly faces of the Wright Flyers cooking and serving.  We are giving each person attending a food voucher so they can at least purchase food while there – this is not the same, but does help out some.  (10 July 2020)
    • ·         For those who are Wright Flyers, volunteers are still needed on each of the days as greeters, for the ticket booths, and to hand out the wrist bands.  You should have received an email and the volunteer sign up sheet.
    • ·         Small Business Fair.  Northrop Grumman Corporation partners with the Alabama PTAC and SBDC at Alabama State University to host a Small Business Fair.  Northrop Grumman www.northropgrumman.com, is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions to government and commercial customers worldwide.  Northrop Grumman Corporation is committed to a “stand up factory” teaming with 50 expert small business personnel for contracts originating in and managed out of the Montgomery/Auburn areas.  Northrop Grumman Corporation will be reviewing capability submissions and inviting specific companies to meet face to face with their leadership.  These meetings will be held August 6 and 7, 2020 at the Montgomery Chamber Business Resource Center, 600 S. Court Street, Montgomery, AL, 36104.  Northrop Grumman Technical Services sector is seeking high quality small business partners with business focus and capabilities in software publishing, writing, or coding skills; i.e., any skill tied to software development (primary NAICS Code 511210).
    • ·         Preferred Skillsets
    • o   Agile software development talent – C, C++, JAVA, agile development practices, scrum masters, cyber software development and CISSLP qualified engineers
    • o   Training systems and software – user experience (UX), web training courses, virtual reality, machine learning and mobile training applications
    • o   Product support systems and software – hardware and software development, large product support system development experience, integrated hardware and software systems for testing and verification
    • ·         Desired Certifications
    • o   CMMI Level 3, CISSLP certified engineers, NG supplier Terms and Conditions compliance

    As a leading industry prime contractor, Northrop Grumman Technical Services creates teams to provide best value to their customers.  If you represent an expert small business with areas of expertise such as those described above and are interested in joining our teams, we want to know about your company.  Interested small businesses should provide a recent capabilities brochure via email to arprice@alasu.edu no later than July 21, 2020.  Businesses selected for face to face discussions will be notified via email from Northrup Grumman. We look forward to hearing from you!  If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Rogers Mosley at arprice@alasu.edu. (10 July 2020)

    • ·         AFITC Update.  The decision has been made to have the AFITC 2020 as a Virtual Event.  This decision was made due to considerations of continuing travel restrictions, as well as the difficulty in forecasting what the COVID “hot spots” may be in August, both here in Montgomery and elsewhere.  Plans are underway to maintain the agenda as previously announced.  However, the schedule will be spread out across 4 days to accommodate office distractions and other lessons learned from similar virtual conferences.  Just as with a normal AFITC, there will be keynote addresses (many will be live and afford opportunities for Q&A), breakout sessions, as well as “Virtual Vendor Booths.”  Sessions will be recorded and available for up to 2 months after the event, which will make it easier for OCONUS participants to participate on their own schedule and within their own time zone if they so choose.  Formal announcement from SAF/PA is due out shortly.  MC2, the AFITC management contractor, has updated the information for the virtual approach, virtual vendor booths, etc.  On-line attendee registration is scheduled for early July.   Continue to check the website, www.afitc-event.com, for up to date information and continued updates.  (26 June 2020)
    • ·         Registration should be available starting sometime next week (13-17 July).
    • ·         Google Cloud Virtual Event.  (From Tom Wojszynski)   I'd like to invite all MIP members to attend Google Cloud Next on Air (https://cloud.withgoogle.com/next/sf/).  Originally scheduled as a live (and quite expensive) event in April 2020, this now-virtual free event is spread across nine weeks, July 14 - Sep 8, 2020.  At a minimum, I encourage our members to tune-in to Thomas Kurian's keynote on July 14, 2020.  Since taking the helm in Jan 2019, Thomas re-tooled, re-focused, and re-organized Google Cloud for success.  Several MIP members may remember Thomas from his time at Oracle where he was global president of Products.  (10 July 2020)
    • ·         AFA 2020 Air, Space & Cyber Conference.  The Air Force Association's 2020 Air, Space & Cyber Conference will be held virtually in September because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the association announced July 6.  The digital event will take place the week of Sept. 14, as scheduled, and feature a mix of live and on-demand conference sessions, opportunities to interact with leaders, industry exhibits, and sessions with top Air Force and Space Force leaders.  AFA's president, retired USAF Lt. Gen. Bruce “Orville” Wright, said the decision to hold the event online was “extremely arduous” but necessary given that “a safe, high-caliber, in-person” conference for 12,000 attendees would not be possible under current conditions. (7 July 2020)

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

    • ·         Redstone Arsenal Small Business Contracting Conference & Expo.  Redstone Arsenal will host a Small Business Contracting Conference and Expo at the von Braun Center, Huntsville, Al on 21 October.  There are discounts available for students and veterans.  Registration and more information is available at https://ticketbud.com/events/99ef94f6-edf8-11e9-bfce-42010a717009(10 July 2020)

    ·         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 soon.  (15 May 2020)

    • ·         Calendar of Events.
    • ·      Until things normalize (and eventually they will!), we will not publish a calendar as we cannot keep up with cancellations and postponements.
    • ·         Positions Available
    • ·      AUM has a need for IS/IT experts who are interested in adjunct teaching positions in the following areas:
    • o   Database Systems
    • o   Database Administration
    • o   SAP System Integration
    • o   SAP Analytics

    For further information, contact Dr. David Ang, AUM College of Business, 334.244.3455, dang@aum.edu

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