Marching orders.
Deputy Defense secretary John Hamre late last month issued a memo holding the services,
Joint Chiefs of Staff and Defense Department agencies accountable if they don’t
finish specific year 2000 management tasks by Nov. 1.

The tasks include end-to-end testing of functional capabilities in the areas of
logistics, personnel, health and medical, communications and intelligence. In addition,
Hamre wants the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and DOD agencies to certify that they
have tested their systems’ capabilities and to verify their functionality in
accordance with the DOD Year 2000 Management Plan.

“The Department of Defense must be, and must be seen to be, fully capable of
providing continuity of military operations for all aspects of the department’s
missions,” Hamre said.

Hamre’s deadline for the activities comes just weeks after Defense Secretary
William Cohen threatened in an Aug. 7 memo to impose a software development moratorium
next year if the services and agencies don’t pick up the pace on their year 2000
remediation efforts.

MIPS and chips. TRW Inc. has built and
delivered to the Air Force a high-performance, radiation-hardened, 32-bit microprocessor
for satellite communications, surveillance and missile warning systems.

The company delivered five, single-board computers, along with Ethernet and commercial
software tools, to the Air Force’s Research Laboratory Information Directorate at
Griffiss Air Force Base, N.Y. The RH32 microprocessors are based on the
million-instructions-per-second R3000 RISC architecture.

The RH32 has built-in multiprocessing scalable to hundreds of MIPS by combining
processors. In addition, the microprocessors are immune to failures caused by radiation.

Sterling service. The Army’s
Intelligence and Security Command has awarded Sterling Software Federal Systems Group of
McLean, Va., a $42 million contract to provide professional and technical support services
to develop and maintain the Army Intelligence Master Plan.

Sterling will analyze and document changes to the Army intelligence community’s
organizational and systems structure, including shifts in architecture, concepts,
approaches and methodologies.

Proving IT. The Army Test and
Evaluation Command at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md., has awarded Potomac Research
International Inc. of Fairfax, Va., a $500,000 delivery order for support services as part
of a $50 million indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract.

Under the five-year contract, PRI will provide the Army Environmental Center with
support services that include information systems development, graphics and desktop
publishing, as well as operations and maintenance.

—Gregory Slabodkin

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