Briefing Book

Toss out the Erector set. The Navy
plans to use ActiveProject, a collaboration package from Framework Technologies Corp. of
Burlington, Mass., to manage its service construction projects via the Internet.

The Naval Facilities Engineering Command is buying 200 licenses, and the Midwest
Regional Contracting Office has set plans to use the software on three construction
projects this year. The use of the collaboration software dovetails with the
command’s plan to make all its construction processes paperless by 2000, said Lt.j.g
Joshua Drum, the command’s assistant resident officer in charge of construction.

The command had hired a contractor to handle the communications. But the service
expects to save money by handling much of the work itself online. The command will set up
Web sites for projects in which all documents related to a project will be current and
available to the construction management team, other Navy offices and subcontractors.

Did you say LINColn logs? Under the
Applications in Support for Widely Diverse End User Requirements (ANSWER) run by the
General Services Administration, Logicon Inc. won a task order for the Los Angeles Air
Force Base Integrated Network contract.

Through the $7 million LINC, the Herndon, Va., division of Northrop Grumman Corp. will
build and run communications systems for the base’s LANs and WANs.

These aren’t Legos. The Army is beefing up its Special Operations Forces
Simulation Center. The Fort Bragg, N.C., facility runs exercises to train Army personnel.

To test emerging digital systems to enhance command and control on the battlefield, the
Army gets help from BTG Inc. The service recently exercised the third-year option of a
$3.6 million contract held by the Fairfax, Va., company.

“Our staff is comprised primarily of people with Special Forces training and
combat experience, so we can live and operate with our customers in a field
environment,” said Jim Holly, director of BTG’s nations division.

It takes more than Tinker Toys. The Naval
Air Systems Command accepted delivery recently of 130 mission-planning workstations from
Intergraph Corp. under the company’s Computer-Aided Design 2 contract.

The service’s fleet pilots use the single- and dual-processor workstations to plot
alternate routes for weapons delivery. To meet the requirements of the $3.6 million task
order for the Navy Mission Planning System, the Huntsville, Ala., company built and
delivered the systems in a two-month turnaround.

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