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Air Force Maj. Gen. Ronald T. Kadish has been nominated for promotion to lieutenant
general and named the new commander of the Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom Air Force
Base, Mass.


Kadish, the C-17 program manager at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, will succeed
Lt. Gen. Charles E. Franklin, the man for whom the Electronic Systems Command staff dubbed
a field lab Fort Franklin. The service uses the lab to test systems ruggedness and
interoperability. Franklin will retire after a change of command scheduled for August.


The Defense Information Systems Agency has released a request for proposals for
engineering support services worth up to $600 million over five years.


In its RFP for the Joint Interoperability Engineering Organization Systems Engineering
Contract, DISA called for a broad range of telecommunications, systems, application
development, maintenance and standards engineering work. DISA plans to award four
contracts for the program--one going to a large systems integrator and three more to small
businesses.


Proposals are due Aug. 12. To check out the solicitation on line, go to http://www.disa.mil/line/systeng.html.
 


Software experts on Capitol Hill appear to be sitting on a very valuable secret.


According to the report accompanying the Senate Appropriations Committee's 1997 Defense
bill, "The committee has become aware of a new class of extremely rapid software
application development tools and concepts, which could provide a low-cost means of
quickly rewriting and modernizing massive amounts of software incident to fixing the year
2000 problems."


The committee did not name the software, but it recommends that $5 million be spent to
benchmark and otherwise certify the code, which the report said has had "limited use
to date."


Electronic Data Systems Corp. has expanded its training offerings under the Navy's PC
LAN+ contract. In its original catalog, EDS offered 12 classes at eight centers. Now EDS
has 150 classes available at 100 sites worldwide.


EDS will sell what it called training credits that can be redeemed at any of the
locations. For details, check out EDS' PC LAN+ home page at http://www.eds-ms.com/pclhome.htm.
 


Retired Vice Adm. J.M. McConnell, until recently director of the National Security
Agency, has found a new home as a vice president of Booz, Allen & Hamilton Inc. of
McLean, Va.


Booz, Allen holds several classified contracts with NSA, and also is one of the two
principal engineering support contractors for the agency's Multilevel Information Systems
Security Initiative. A company spokeswoman said McConnell will focus on national
information assurance projects.



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