Briefing Book

Storage oasis. The Air Force’s
99th Civil Engineer Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., bought and installed a
Netforce 100 storage device from Procomm Technology Inc. of Santa Ana, Calif.


The 99th has 500 users on a LAN with seven servers holding 222G of data. The addition
of the Procomm network-attached storage device made another 67G of RAID Level 5 storage
available. The squadron plans to add three more of the $9,569 Netforce 100 systems.


Installing the device was easy, said Don Wells, the squadron’s senior systems
engineer.


“I punched the IP address into it and set it up on a Web-like screen, and I was
done in minutes,” he said.


Online stacks. The Federal Library
Information Center Committee has named Navy librarian Joan Buntzen its 1998 librarian of
the year. Buntzen has run the service’s library for six years and promotes use of the
Web as a way to improve Navy library services.


Last year, she established the Consortium of Naval Libraries and ran a software
licensing pilot to demonstrate ways the service’s libraries can work together to
leverage their IT requirements.


Cross talk. The services have embarked on an
initiative to improve systems cohesiveness among Air Force, Army and Navy systems. In this
latest effort, the services have created new commanders in chief interoperability offices
(CIPOs) at their respective command, control, communications, computer and intelligence
acquisition commands.


The offices—at the Air Force’s Electronics Systems Center at Hanscom Air
Force Base, Mass.; the Army’s Communications-Electronics Command at Fort Monmouth,
N.J.; and the Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command in San Diego—will
each have a staff of 20, including six officers from each of the three services.


“The objective is to ensure interoperability of systems from womb to tomb and to
modify fielded systems when necessary to make them interoperable and capable of sharing
information,” said Col. Winthrop Cooper, director of the Fort Monmouth CIPO.


Deductive computing. The Air Force Office of
Special Investigations has tapped Computer Sciences Corp. to build the Investigative
Information Management System. The contract has a value of $2 million for Phase 1, the
design of I2MS.


CSC already supports the service’s investigative arm under five contracts it won
last year. Special Investigations wants I2MS to collect, maintain and report data based on
the process-oriented database already in use.


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