Briefing Book

What’s the score? The Army has released the
beta software for its Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below program.

The FBCB2 Version 3.1 software includes functions the service deemed crucial after it
tested earlier versions during warfighting experiments and limited user tests. The latest
additions include an advanced joint services messaging application, a real-time
battlefield monitoring tool and a graphical app that will let commanders detail combat
objectives and plans for other FBCB2 users.

Through its battlefield digitization project, the Army will field the command and
control software on notebook computers, called appliques, for deployment at battlefield
stations and in tanks, Humvees and helicopters. TRW Inc. is the prime contractor for the
FBCB2 program.

Let the games begin. The Defense Supply
Service–Washington has awarded Logicon Inc. of Herndon, Va., a five-year, $188
million contract to provide services for conducting joint war games and devising
analytical models.

Initially, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and commanders in chief will use the Joint
Analytic Support Program. But the Defense Department also is leaving open the possibility
that the JASP contract will be a prototype for the future use of gaming and modeling

The services will be supplied to DOD facilities in the United States, Germany and

Team effort. The Air Force has a new intranet site
detailing all activities of the Electronic Systems Center’s Global Air Traffic
Operations/Mobility Command and Control Systems Program Office.

The Integrated Digital Environment supports the 30-person staff of the GATO/MC2 Program
Office at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass.

Users access the secure site from the base’s home page at

End game. The Navy has retired its Automated
Procurement and Data Entry system and is rolling out the DOD Standard Procurement System.

The Navy had run APADE since 1986. The service has replaced it with the Standard
Procurement System at 15 sites serving approximately 1,000 users.

American Management Systems Inc. of Fairfax, Va., developed the new departmentwide
system, which is based on the company’s Procurement Desktop-Defense product and
includes Standard Procurement System-Interface modules for individual application

“The support rendered in the 15-site deployment—in a short period of time
stretching from Portsmouth, N.H., to Sasebo, Japan—was a great success,” said
Cmdr. Ed Sweeney, manager for the APADE retirement project.


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