DOD News Briefs
Bowing to the pleas of sleep-deprived bidders still cooking up appetizing proposals,
the Defense Information Systems Agency again pushed back the deadline for bids on the
bandwidth manager portion of its Defense Information Systems Network acquisition. Bids
were due last Tuesday, Jan. 2.
Proposals for the $400 bandwidth management contract, considered the technical
cornerstone of DISN, originally were due Oct. 30. DISA pushed the deadline to Nov. 17 and
then Nov. 30. According to DISA officials, the planned Aug. 1 award date remains firm.
DISA officials also recently decided to postpone for at least two months the
much-ballyhooed shutdown of the aging World-Wide Military Command and Control System.
Unforeseen hitches in the deployment of the WWMCCS successor, the Global Command and
Control System, made the December switchover unwise, according to sources at DISA and the
Joint Chiefs of Staff. One key factor: many of the WWMCCS sites have yet to receive GCCS
workstations and software.
The Advanced Research Project Agency and DISA want to show that support for the
warfighter extends all the way to Sarajevo. ARPA director Larry Lynn told participants at
the Army's recent Advanced Planning Briefing for Industry in Washington that his
organization is working with Brig. Gen. James Beale, DISA's deputy director for
operations, on a rapid-deployment virtual network that would help link information systems
used by Joint Task Force components deployed in Bosnia.
If approved, the plan would call for a 90-day installation of mobile links between
deployed systems, Joint Task Force and command headquarters, and Washington, using a
leased satellite transponder, Lynn said. The network would support throughput rates from 3
megabytes/sec to 24 megabytes/sec, he said.
Asked about the ARPA-DISA plan, Maj. Gen. Charles Sutten Jr., commander of the Army's
Information Systems Command, appeared skeptical. Sutten recently handed over the 5th
Signal Command, based in Germany, to Brig. Gen. Robert Nabors.
Sutten said the 5th Signal folks are already providing sophisticated communications
capabilities to U.S. forces in the former Yugoslavia, and that he and Nabors are working
to expand network links to support logistics, transport and other services in the region.
Jerome F. Smith Jr., a retired two-star admiral, is the new dean of the IRM College at
the National Defense University in Washington. He succeeds John M. Carabello, who has been
named deputy director of the Center for Information Management.
During a 35-year Navy career that concluded last summer, Smith held commands at sea,
served in senior staff positions in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and
represented the Navy on the Inter-American Defense Board and other international bodies.