DOD COMPUTINGBRIEFING BOOK

DISA Y2K. Defense
Information Systems Agency systems could fail if DISA doesn’t fix date code, a
Defense Department inspector general report said.


“Without a greater effort by DISA to revise its Y2K program to better comply with
federal and DOD requirements, DISA faces increased risks that its information and
technology systems may not operate properly in the year 2000 and beyond,” said the
report, Management of the Defense Information Systems Agency Year 2000 Program.


The IG said DISA should update DOD Year 2000 Management Plan requirements for system
interface agreements, track costs, develop contingency plans and follow formal exit
criteria for testing and certifying systems.


DISA agreed with the recommendations but complained that the report was outdated and
did not accurately reflect the progress DISA has made in certifying its systems.


Looking for IT. DOD wants to enlist the
support of high-tech vendors for getting cutting-edge commercial technologies that have
military applications.


Defense’s Dual Use Science and Technology Program has invited companies to attend
an Oct. 22 meeting in Arlington, Va., and an Oct. 29 meeting in Los Angeles, where DOD
will lay out its plans to solicit proposals from the vendors.


DOD is seeking proposals from vendors in eight technology areas, including information
technology and distributed training systems. The proposals are due in December; the
winning bids will be announced in early 1999.


The first two solicitations for dual-use technology resulted in a $500 million
investment by DOD and industry. By 2001, Congress wants at least 15 percent of DOD’s
applied research to go toward dual-use technologies.


For more information on the day-long conferences, visit http://www.dtic.mil/dust.


World Wide BPA. The Navy’s Space
and Naval Warfare Systems Command has established a blanket purchasing agreement with
World Wide Technology Inc. of St. Louis to provide DOD and other agencies with IT support
services.


Under the BPA, World Wide Technology will provide such services as Internet support,
database development, systems and software development, and technical support, as well as
surveys, studies, training and year 2000 tasks.


The BPA is open to all government agencies.


Online ordering information is posted at http://www.wwt.com/federal/ITSS.


Stealth training. The Aeronautical
Systems Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, has awarded Raytheon Training
Inc. of Binghamton, N.Y., a 10-year, $150 million contract to provide contractor logistics
support for the B-2 bomber training system.


—Gregory Slabodkin
gslabodkin@gcn.com 

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