Defense Department Briefs

The Army will ease departing service members into the civilian world with digitized,
interactive career counseling videos available at 40 Job Assistance Centers across the
country.


Using a digital file server program from Network Connection Inc. in Atlanta, 60 short
films produced by the Army Career and Alumni Program will be accessible on PCs for up to
50 simultaneous users.


Loral Federal Systems Group is overseeing the system's development under its Sustaining
Base Information Services contract.


The Ada Joint Program Office, the Defense Department office that promotes the preferred
DOD programming language, is about to issue a Commerce Business Daily announcement for
proposals to support the Ada Technology Insertion Program-Partnership program.


The program will provide $2 million for up to 10 joint ventures between the Defense
Information Systms Agency and software vendors interested in developing bindings, tools,
development libraries, visual work spaces and computer-based training tools for Ada 95.


Vendors will be expected to match DISA's investment and commit to offering commercial
Ada 95 products. Lockheed Martin Corp.'s Idaho Technologies will administer the program on
behalf of the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory and the Ada Joint Program Office. For
more information, contact Doug Colonel by phone at 208-526-0204 or via Internet e-mail at col@inel.gov


Sure, the National Security Agency has a new home page, http://www.nsa.gov:8080/, but does it tell
the whole story? If you suspect not, try the Federation of American Scientists' Model NSA
Home Page at http://www.fas.org/pub/gen/fas/irp/.
 


To increase government accountability, the Washington research group has been studying
NSA and its sister intelligence agencies for decades. The model World Wide Web page
contains an evolving selection of FAS' findings.


Based mostly on declassified congressional hearings and NSA personnel newsletters, the
FAS site covers NSA structure, functions, facilities, operations and budget in
considerably more detail than the official home page. It also includes wild guesses as to
the magnitude of the supercomputing power crammed into the agency's basements and the
total number of anonymous souls who get paychecks from ""The Fort.''


Hughes Aircraft Co. has finished customizing an integrated processing unit that will
serve as the computer ""brains'' of the Air Force's next-generation F-22 Air
Superiority Fighter. Unlike previous aircraft computing systems, which distributed the
processing workload to subsystems, Hughes' Common Integrated Processor will perform all
processing for the fighter's avionics, sensors and displays.


""Our design jams the equivalent of two Cray supercomputers into two packages
that combined are only a little larger than a 20-inch portable color TV,'' Hughes touts.
Hughes and F-22 contractor Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Systems are developing software
that will let this prodigy interface with applications programs.


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