DOD Briefing Book
- By Paul Constance
- Apr 15, 1996
Loral Corp. last month won a $16.2 million contract to produce 68 additional tactical
engagement simulation systems for the Army. The contract is a follow-on to Loral's Laser
Engagement System/Air-to-Ground Engagement System II contract.
The Army will use 62 of the systems to simulate flying in the AH-64A Apache helicopter.
The other six will be used to simulate the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter during advanced
warfighting experiments for the Army's Force XXI digitization program.
The Central Intelligence Agency's TIPSTER Text Program received one of Vice President
Al Gore's Hammer Awards last month during ceremonies at Langley, Va. Gore began the awards
as part of the government's reinvention campaign following the National Performance
Since 1991, the TIPSTER program has supported research by CIA programmers trying to
develop advanced search, retrieval and routing applications. CIA intelligence analysts
have used the resulting search applications to help them find needles in the digital
The fruits of the CIA effort have been shared with the outside world. InfoSeek Corp. in
Santa Clara, Calif., Lotus Development Corp. and the Library of Congress' Thomas World
Wide Web system all have used TIPSTER-derived search and retrieval technologies.
The Maryland Procurement Office, the branch of the National Security Agency that buys
supercomputers, specialized microprocessors, custom software and Fortezza cards, is
getting socked by inflation, according to one industry review.
Budget numbers compiled by the Federation of American Scientists show that NSA is
spending slightly less on procurement today--around $500 million per year-than it did in
1980, measured in constant 1995 dollars.
NSA spends nearly twice that amount each year on research, development, test and
evaluation efforts, a category that includes the Multi-Level Information Systems Security
For more details of the FSA budget statistics, visit FSA's intelligence community home
page at http://www.fas.org/pub/gen/fas/irp/.
Consider Maj. Gen. Carol Mutter. Last month, President Clinton nominated Mutter,
commander of the Marine Corps' Systems Command in Quantico, Va., to become a lieutenant
general. She would be the first woman to attain the three-star general rank--in the Marine
Corps no less.