Joining forces. A Joint
Task Force on Computer Network Defense is expected to be up and running this month. It
will serve as a network monitoring center, coordinating responses to cyberattacks on
Defense Department systems.

The Defense Information Systems Agency will lead the task force, which will work out of
DISA’s headquarters in Arlington, Va. Maj. Gen. John Campbell, DISA’s vice
director, will oversee a staff drawn from DISA, the services, and intelligence and law
enforcement agencies.

Closing time. To streamline operations and
reduce costs, the Defense Logistics Agency last month decided to shut down a center that
develops and maintains many of its systems.

The DLA Systems Design Center in Columbus, Ohio, which oversees operations at nine
agency sites nationwide, will close, and its major activities will be absorbed into other
DLA organizations. By September, DLA plans to phase out 42 jobs at the center’s

The DLA chief information office at Fort Belvoir, Va., will take over the agency’s
systems design and maintenance work. Lt. Gen. Henry Glisson, DLA director, said closing
the center will help move the agency’s information technology operations into the
21st century.

Switching up. The Army has awarded Bell
Atlantic Federal an $80 million delivery order under the company’s Digital Switched
Systems Modernization Program (DSSMP) contract. The company will provide a voice
communications and fiber-optic backbone for the service’s Communications-Electronics
Command at Fort Monmouth, N.J.

Under the 10-year contract, Bell Atlantic will provide upgrades and run the campus
switch systems at Fort Monmouth, which has about 7,000 personnel. If the Army exercises
all nine option years, the delivery order would be the largest so far under DSSMP.

Bell Atlantic and 11 other vendors in July 1997 won contracts for the 10-year, $1
billion program. Through DSSMP, Army bases worldwide can buy telecommunications services.

Inching forward. The Air Force Standard
Systems Group at Gunter Annex, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., has awarded Andersen
Consulting of Chicago a $22.6 million follow-on contract for the third increment of
software for the Integrated Maintenance Data System.

The Air Force is building IMDS to automate weapons systems maintenance. Notebook PCs
running IMDS let technicians record information as they perform maintenance, track and
order spare parts, and access database histories of parts and weapons systems.

The first two software increments, which form the core of IMDS, provide services to the
base level. The third increment will support depot-level activities.  

—Gregory Slabodkin

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