Backup telecom.
Diane Fountaine, the Defense Information System Agency’s deputy manager of the
National Communications System, told Congress late last month that the nation’s
emergency telecommunications infrastructure will suffer little or no interruption come

Just the same, DISA is putting contingency plans in place, Fountaine said. NCS, which
DISA manages, is an affiliation of 23 federal agencies that maintains the emergency comm

Tests of a new response link, a controlled-access Web site designed to assist agencies
in sharing disaster response data, will be finished next month.

The agency is correcting minor problems discovered during tests of the
telecommunications service priority system.

DISA has requested that all NCS services and systems from local and long-distance
telephone companies be confirmed as year 2000-ready.

Operation Smart Force. The
Army’s Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command last month successfully demonstrated
SmartDart—a wearable, voice-activated PC used to inspect and repair complex

Wearing a lightweight headset and waist-mounted computer, an Army technician diagnosed
and repaired system faults on a modified Army Medium Tactical Vehicles truck, including a
communications data bus, electronic power train controls and intelligent subsystems.

The technician used voice commands to access text, schematics, animation and video from
a portable flat-panel display, Army officials said.

The system was created through a $1.2 million contract TACOM awarded last December to
Operation Smart Force, a consortium of vendors, academia and labs led by Raytheon Co.

Nice PECSS. The Space and
Naval Warfare Systems Center in Charleston, S.C., has awarded Tracor Systems Technologies
Inc. of Rockville, Md., a $90 million contract to provide lifecycle support for the
Navy’s Physical, Electronic and Computer Sensor Systems program.

The PECSS program includes surveillance and detection systems; supervisory control and
data acquisition applications; electronic security and sensor systems; information
security systems; and command, control, communications, computers and intelligence

The contract has one base year and four option years.

Sensor overload. The Air
Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., has
awarded Nichols Research Corp. of Huntsville, Ala., a $14 million contract to provide
support services during fiscal 1999 and 2000 to missile defense programs, command and
control systems and sensor systems.

—Gregory Slabodkin
[email protected]


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