DOD ComputingBriefing Book

They’re certifiable. The Naval
Supply Systems Command is serving up personal digital certificates through its Web site at

The command wants to improve its customer service through online services that reduce
requisition order time, provide procurement details at a single electronic location and
give nearly instant validation of an individual’s security clearance level.

To tap into the command’s services, users need a Netscape Communications Corp. Web
browser and a digital certificate. The browser is the responsibility of the user; the
certificate is available from the command.

It’s a piece of history. Do you have a
dog-eared copy of the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement stuffed away on an
office shelf? If so, you are in possession of Defense Department memorabilia.

DOD has ceased to publish DFARS on paper. The Office of the Undersecretary of Defense
for Acquisition and Technology maintains DFARS online and posts updates on the Web at

But if you are a Luddite, do not fret. Management Concepts Inc. of Vienna, Va., will
sell you a copy. The price? $328 for a one-year subscription, which includes all DFARS

Check out more details on the Web at

They’re virtual medics. The Army
Medical Department and School at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, over the next year will develop
82 hours of medic training to be delivered via the Internet and on CD-ROM.

Allen Communication of Salt Lake City will produce the 43 modules for the combat medic
course. Last year, more than 360 soldiers took the combat medic course in classrooms.
Internet access will let the school post updates to medical and course information.

Allen Communication will develop an application that tracks each student’s pace
and performance.

It goes in the round file. The Air Force is
using an intranet app, Livelink from Open Text Corp. of Waterloo, Ontario, to help it
reduce paperwork.

The service’s Business Solutions Exchange, which seeks ways to improve Air Force
business practices, is running Livelink on a network under Microsoft Windows NT Server.

Users at multiple locations can work together on requirements documents by accessing
the app via their Microsoft Internet Explorer browsers. The knowledge management program
feeds off a Microsoft SQL Server database and lets users pull data into other apps
available in their Microsoft Office suite.

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