A three-star general, Campbell has made a mark in
the service for his efforts to field by September 2000 the first digitized battlefield
division at Fort Hood. He also has led systems security and software licensing
initiatives. Campbell talked with GCN about the
The Y2K issue that were micromanaging at all levels in the
As of Feb. 12, 324 of our 412 mission-critical systems have completed the Y2K
remediation process. That includes the fielding of all the fixes at the units. Right now
there remain 88 systems that are in various stages of remediation.
Those 88 include 17 systems that we consider new developments, so theyre not
designed to replace legacy, noncompliant systems. If you subtract that, we really have 71
left to be fixed.
At this point I dont think were going to see the worst-case scenarios for a
lot of reasons. First off, the high level of scrutiny. And secondly, the resources that
are being made available. The Defense Department received $1.1 billion in Y2K supplemental
funding. I forgot what the
We can digress for a moment and talk about the non-mission-critical systems and the
information technology-controlled devices in our infrastructure. These are things like
Right nowand again these are big numbers, so youve got to be wary of the
relative errorwere reporting that we have 404,965 out of 488,997
infrastructure devices currently compliant. These range from microprocessor controllers on
traffic lights and environmental control systems to power control systems and elevator
Whats remarkable is how well weve done. I wondered at first: How do we even
begin? How do we assign the installation commanders and their departments of public works
guys to wade into that hand in hand with the local information management guys?
Theyve done very well.
Whats remaining are 84,032 devices, which consist primarily of PCs, that need to
be replaced or upgraded to be totally compliant. I think that terms embellished,
totally compliant. There are drivers that you can download. We still have a
lot of old 286 systems out there. You just cannot turn over that infrastructure overnight.
Even putting that patch on it is not worth it.
Well either just bloody retire a lot of those standalone systems or use them to
process data thats not date-dependent.
For real-time clocks on processors that dont have the additional register for
century, you can put a driver in your autoexec file that can correct it. There are a lot
of things that you can do to correct it. Theres also the operating system.
These PCs are obviously not mission-critical systems. They dont connect to
We dont anticipate buying a massive number of PCs. There will be some purchases,
but nothing dramatic.
Common Hardware/Software IIGE Government Systems Corp. of
Needham Heights, Mass., is providing hardware, software, services, computer display,
processing and storage technology to create an integrated system of battlefield systems
Digital Switched Systems Modernization ProgramThrough this
10-year, $1 billion contract, 19 vendors are helping the
Infrastructure Solutions-1Telos Corp. of Ashburn, Va., is
selling hardware, software, servers, peripherals and services to DOD and civilian agencies
through this five-year, $380 million contract, which succeeds Telos Small Multiuser
Computer II contract.
Outside Cable Rehabilitation IIGTE Corp. is providing
installation, maintenance, training and testing services for cable, network interfaces and
computers for enterprisewide connectivity at DOD installations in the United States,
Puerto Rico and Panama.
PC-3Government Technology Services Inc. of Chantilly, Va., and
IntelliSys Technology Corp. of Fairfax, Va., this month won three-year contracts worth
$300 million jointly to provide PCs, peripherals and software to DOD and civilian
Reserve Component Automation SystemBoeing Information Services
of Vienna, Va., is supplying a WAN via this 12-year, $1.6 billion contract to link more
Sustaining Base Information ServicesLockheed Martin Corp. is
providing an enhanced replacement system for the services baseline configurations
and helping the
Lt. Gen. William Campbell
Chief Information Officer and Director of Information Systems for Command, Control,
Communications and Computers
Deputy CIO and Vice DISC4
Information Management Director
Brig. Gen. William Russ
Programs and Architecture Director
E. Frances Foreman
Information Integration and Analysis Center Director
Lt. Col. Dave Shaddrix
Communications-Electronics Services Office Director
Richard W. Sohm
Brig. Gen. Steven Boutelle
Program Executive Officer for Command, Control and Communications Systems
His primary tasks will be refining the architecture of Global Combat Support
System-Army, getting modules developed for it and accelerating the fielding of GCSS-Army,
said Lt. Gen. William Campbell, the
Carroll gained the notice of
As STAMIS program executive officer, Carroll faces the challenge of synchronizing the
Its really resolving the issues of how the Guard sees that program in their
context and how the
The STAMIS staff at Fort Belvoir, Va., is working this out now, he said, so, that
may get solved before he shows up.
Army officials agreed to take the lead on the DBMS enterprise license initiative based
on work with a DOD steering committee on site licensing, which began meeting last year.
The organizations received a 42 percent savings on the Ottawa companys General
Services Administration schedule pricing for Design, FormFlow 2.2 and FormFlow 99, said
Steve Miller, a product leader at the
The one-year contract, through Comark Federal Systems of Chantilly, Va., includes
upgrades and maintenance. The buy does not mean that the
The license was set in eight working days, he said.