Lab project. The
Navy’s premiere laboratory for computer science, electronic warfare and information
technology research is not adequately preparing for 2000, a Defense Department inspector
general report said.

The report, Naval Research Laboratory: Preparation for Year 2000, released late last
month, said the lab isn’t following the Navy Year 2000 Action Plan. Nor can the lab
ensure that its systems and research will process dates properly when 2000 arrives, the
report said.

The report recommended that NRL develop a year 2000 plan to encompass all areas of the
lab; develop a hardware, software and firmware inventory; develop test, contingency and
cost plans; review all IT research efforts for year 2000 problems; and review all IT
contracts for inclusion of year 2000 contract provisions.

The Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and
Acquisition agreed with the findings and recommendations.

Wall security. The Army recently added
the Secure Computing Sidewinder firewall from Secure Computing Corp. of San Jose, Calif.,
to its Boundary Security Device blanket purchasing agreement with Litton PRC Inc.

The Army fields Sidewinder at many of its major commands and installations, including
the Pentagon, Army Reserve Command and Army Space Command.

The Communications-Electronics Command’s Communications Security Logistics
Activity at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., created the BPA to provide firewalls to the department
from July 1998 through September 2000. Litton is one of four vendors under the BPA.

Navy support. The Space and Naval
Warfare Systems Command recently awarded Raytheon Support Service Company of Chula Vista,
Calif., a contract award with a potential value of more than $217 million to provide
engineering, integration and support services for the Navy’s communications systems.

Under the one-year contract with four options, Raytheon will provide fiber-optic,
digital data transmission, information exchange and satellite communications systems

NGI collaboration. The Air Force
Research Laboratory in Rome, N.Y., has awarded contracts to two government-vendor
consortia to support the Next Generation Internet program.

The National Transparent Optical Network Consortium of McLean, Va., was awarded the $21
million contract to design, develop and demonstrate a Flat Network Architecture for the
Next Generation Internet. The High Speed Connectivity Consortium Inc. of Pittsburgh was
awarded an $11 million contract to develop and demonstrate a multigigabit testbed using
end-to-end fiber connections with potential expansion to a national network. 

—Gregory Slabodkin
[email protected]


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