Defense Department Briefs

The Defense Information Technology Contracting Office last month nixed plans to hold a
separate cellular telephone buy and instead will use a contract planned by the General
Services Administration.


DITCO, which will continue to work closely with GSA on the procurement, transferred its
Joint Wireless Procurement request for proposals to GSA.


The Defense Information Systems Agency organization began its own buy earlier this year
when it appeared that GSA's Post FTS 2000 Wireless contract, known as PF2K, would not be
awarded before 1998. But GSA officials now say they will release an RFP by December.


DITCO officials said the GSA solicitation has all the cellular phones requirements that
had been in its draft. The PF2K contract will provide all federal agencies with a central
ordering system for cellular wares.


A new version of the Joint Engineering Data Management Information and Control System
(JEDMICS) is now available.


Version 2.4.4 of the Continuous Acquisition and Lifecyle Support system offers support
for more file types, a repository of data research tools and more client-server
application interfaces. JEDMICS, run by the Navy under a contract held by PRC Inc., is the
Defense Department's standard migration system for engineering data management.


The Air Force is determined to quit using the AUTODIN message system by the year 2000,
according to Lt. Gen. John Fairfield, new deputy chief of staff for command, control,
communications and computers.


Fairfield told participants at the Small Computer Conference in Montgomery, Ala., last
month that the Air Force will spend "roughly $20 million per year over the next five
years" to install the Defense Message System, which will replace AUTODIN. The DMS
contract was awarded to a team led by Loral Corp. earlier this year.


Fairfield said the Air Force has picked the 50 bases most in need of DMS and will
install the system at nine of them in 1996, 13 in 1997 and 28 in 1998.


Science Applications International Corp., TRW Corp. and Prospective Computer Analysts
Inc. won new contracts recently to provide systems engineering, integration and other
support services to the Air Force at Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio.


The five-year contracts have a total potential value of $185 million. Kelly is one of
the last bases slated to shut down by the Base Realignment and Closure Commission.
Programs not shuttered presumably will move to other Air Force facilities in Texas.


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