Air Force Brig. Gen. John Meincke is the new commander of DISA-Western Hemisphere, the
Defense Information Systems Agency division that runs the Defense Department's 16 regional
data processing megacenters and manages the deployed portions of the Defense Information
If senior DOD officials have their way, Meincke will have the unenviable job of further
consolidating the megacenters, perhaps contracting out some work to vendors. Meincke, who
most recently was director of mission systems and deputy chief of staff for communications
and information at Air Force headquarters, succeeds Army Brig. Gen. Frederick H. Essig,
who retired last fall.
The waterline on Navy DDG-51 and CG-47 class ships could drop a few inches in come
1998. That's when the Navy plans to start replacing custom UYK-class mainframe computers
that run mission-critical applications with commercial workstations.
The Naval Information Systems Management Center (NISMC) soon will issue a draft request
for proposals for its Advanced Computing Equipment (ACE) procurement. Through ACE, the
Navy wants to buy rack-mounted workstations, monitors and peripherals to replace the
mainframes, consoles and magnetic tape drives used today.
The service plans to award a four-year, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity
contract that will include LAN equipment and application software for shipboard systems.
Chances are good that workstations offered on ACE will show up on the Tactical Advanced
Computer-5 contract, another looming Navy mega-buy. According to a recently released draft
RFP, TAC-5 will mirror the scope but quadruple the performance of systems now offered on
TAC-4, a $673 million contract held by Hewlett-Packard Co.
As with ACE, many of the TAC-5 systems will be rack-mounted for shipboard use. For more
details, visit the Navy's Information Technology Electronic Commerce home page at http:/
Like a glacier in springtime, the Army's Standard Installation/Division Personnel
System-3 moved forward this month, following a Major Automated Information Systems Review
Council decision to allow beta testing at several sites.
"SIDPERS-3 began several years before I retired [in 1988], and it still hasn't
been fielded," said Emmett Paige Jr., assistant secretary of Defense for command,
control, communications and intelligence, at an industry breakfast last December. The
MAISRC, chaired by Paige, told the Army to form integrated product teams to resolve
performance problems that still bedevil SIDPERS-3. With the system, the Army wants to
integrate the service's personnel applications.
If all goes well, the MAISRC will meet again for a Milestone III deployment decision
and full operational capability would begin by 1999.
Need a Pentium notebook with an internal quad-speed CD-ROM? The Army's Portable-1
contract now includes just such a computer. Contractor International Data Products Corp.
in Gaithersburg, Md., this month added its own IDP 530XD notebook to the contract.
The basic notebook, a 75-MHz processor upgradeable to 133 MHz with 8M of RAM and a
10.4-inch dual-scan color screen, is priced at $2,047. The internal CD-ROM will run you
another $249. An active-matrix screen? Toss in another $279. Additional memory goes for
$167 per 4M.