BRIEFING BOOK

2000 rollovers. The
Army’s White Sands Missile Range last month conducted an unusual year 2000 test,
which its computer systems passed with flying colors, Army officials said.
  White Sands, deep in the New Mexico desert, is the Defense Department’s
premiere test range. The facility relies heavily on computers to measure the performance
of missiles and other munitions. This time, however, it tested its own systems.


Clocks on the range’s mission computers were rolled over to the year 2000 while
remote-controlled F-4 Phantom jet drones, acting as virtual enemy aircraft targets, flew
overhead. The White Sands radar, sensor cameras and telemetry equipment tracked them
successfully. The systems performed without a hitch for more than two hours through five
year 2000 rollover dates, Army officials said.


White Sands has undergone a rigorous and comprehensive year 2000 certification program.
More than 4,000 computers and 10,000 software packages have been tested and catalogued so
far.


SPAWAR five. The Space and Naval
Warfare Systems Command in San Diego has awarded two-year contracts worth more than $135
million to five vendors. The companies will provide engineering and technical support for
Navy ships and submarines, Navy officials said.


The five vendors—Booz, Allen & Hamilton Inc. of McLean, Va., Logicon Syscon
Inc. of Falls Church, Va., and Predicate Logic Inc., Science Applications International
Corp. and Visicom Laboratories Inc., all of San Diego—will help the Navy improve its
multimedia communications.


Video 1, 2, 3. The National Air
Intelligence Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, has selected a scan
converter from RGB Spectrum Inc. of Alameda, Calif., to transform high-resolution,
computer-based briefings into video signals for teleconferencing.


The RGB/Videolink converts computer graphics, generated on a Sun Microsystems
UltraSparc workstation, to broadcast-quality images in video format so they can be viewed
at NAIC’s Video Teleconferencing Center.


Before the new system, a video camera captured the hard-copy briefing files. But the
signal from the workstation is converted and sent directly, Air Force officials said.


400 strong. The Army will use intrusion
detection software from Internet Security Systems Inc. of Atlanta to protect the
service’s networks at more than 400 bases worldwide, Army officials said.


The RealSecure 24-hour network monitoring and intrusion-detection system adapts to
changing threat and risk conditions and detects and responds to attacks automatically.


The system monitors data packets as they approach and spots hostile activity by
interpreting traffic patterns.


—Gregory Slabodkin
gslabodkin@gcn.com

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