BRIEFING BOOK

Digital photography. Holloman Air Force Base in
Alamagordo, N.M., is the service’s first base to eliminate wet processing by
digitizing photography operations.


The 49th Communications Squadron’s Visual Information Center has moved its
photography unit away from using chemicals and paper to electronic imaging using
state-of-the-art digital technology.


Photographers at Holloman are using high-resolution Kodak Professional DCS 420 digital
cameras, film and flatbed scanners, a Kodak Digital Science 8650 color printer, as well as
a CD-ROM writer and a dozen Apple PowerBook notebook computers that run image editing
software.


Fighter software. Lockheed Martin Corp. has selected AdaMulti software
development tools by Green Hills Software Inc. of Santa Barbara, Calif., for use in the
company’s concept development phase for the Defense Department’s Joint Strike
Fighter program.


Lockheed Martin developers will use AdaMulti to write C, C++ and Ada95 mission control
software for use in ground-based JSF demonstrations. The software tool, developed on a Sun
Microsystems Inc. workstation, runs on a PowerPC-based CompactPCI system under the VxWorks
real-time operating system.


JSF in 2008 will start to replace the Navy’s F-14 and F-18, the Air Force’s
A-10 and F-16, and the Marine Corps’ AV-8B and F-18. DOD selected Lockheed Martin and
Boeing Co. for JSF’s concept development phase and will make an award to a single
vendor in 2001 for full-rate production of the aircraft.


National VTC. The Defense Information Systems Agency has awarded
Harris Corp. of Melbourne, Fla., a $32 million contract to provide the government with
secure video teleconferencing equipment.


Under the five-year contract, Harris will provide hardware, software and maintenance
support for the VTC systems, designed to let senior-level government officials link up
with key agencies via secure video teleconferencing.


Computer by the sea. The Naval Oceanographic Office has ordered a
16-processor Cray SV1 supercomputer from Silicon Graphics Inc. to help it more accurately
model the world’s oceans.


SGI will deliver the Cray supercomputer to NAVOCEANO’s headquarters at the Stennis
Space Center in Bay St. Louis, Miss.


The Navy office, which employs about 1,000 military and civilian personnel, is one of
four Major Shared Resource Centers under the Defense Department’s $1.2 billion
High-Performance Computing Modernization Program.


NAVOCEANO uses several SGI products to create up-to-date navigational charts and to
provide specialized information, including submarine tracking and global land and sea
atmospheric mapping for DOD.


—Gregory Slabodkin
gslabodkin@gcn.com  

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