Defense Department Briefs
John C. Wilson Jr. is the new director of the Air Force Electronic Systems Centers'
Engineering and Program Management Directorate at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass.
Wilson succeeds Anthony Salvucci, who retired earlier this summer. Wilson most recently
was deputy program director for the C-17 Globemaster III system program office at
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
The National Security Agency has hired Computer Sciences Corp. to perform a variety of
software engineering support services under a five-year, task-order contract worth up to
$90 million. CSC officials declined to describe the nature of the support work.
The Army Information System Command's Information Mission Area contracting technical
team in Fort Huachuca, Ariz., has won the Secretary of the Army's 1994 Competition in
The team was lauded for involving contractors and vendors early in the acquisition
process. The IMA contracting staff members are Ronnio Fisher, Michael Gentry, James B.
Kuhl, Gregory A. Lund, Larrilyn Raymond, Hank Speakman, Barbara Trujillo and Linda A. Van
Charles B. Engle Jr. has been named technical adviser for the Defense Information
Systems Agency's Center for Software. He will serve as chief of the Ada Joint Program
Office and the Software Reuse Initiative.
An associate professor and chairman of the Computer Science Department at the Florida
Institute of Technology, Engle succeeds Don Reifer, who stepped down this summer to return
to private industry.
Timeplex Federal Systems Inc. in Fairfax, Va., will supply multiplexers, modems and LAN
equipment for Navy networks under a $10 million contract awarded by the Defense
Information Technology Contracting Office. The equipment will help modernize
communications in the Navy's 2nd, 3rd, 6th and 7th fleets.
'MDBO'Toward an all-American laptop screen.'MDNM' Start-up company Silicon Video
Corp. in San Jose, Calif., has signed a $50 million funding agreement with the Advanced
Research Projects Agency to develop so-called "thin CRT displays."
Intended to challenge Japanese dominance of the flat panel display industry based on
active matrix liquid crystal technology, thin CRT displays would employ an entirely
different technology to produce cheaper, lighter and more energy-efficient screens with
the luminance and resolution of today's CRTs.
Silicon Video hopes to raise $400 million by 1998 through government and industry
partnerships. ARPA was awarded through the Defense Department's Technology Reinvestment