Briefing Book

Briefing Book

Get a real job. Col. Select Ken Inman took over as Marine Corps deputy chief information officer for plans and policies following Col. Mike Cooper's retirement on June 15.

'I'm going to get a real job,' said Cooper, speaking several days before his retirement. 'I'm going to do something that has nothing to do with the federal, state or local government.'

Inman, who reports to Debra M. Filippi, deputy assistant chief of staff for command, control, communications, computers and intelligence, previously worked for the commander in chief for the Pacific Fleet and Unified Forces, Korea.

Navy IT-21 funding bonanza. Rear Adm. Richard Mayo, the Navy's deputy director of space and information warfare, command and control, said service officials have successfully argued that Information Technology for the 21st Century is a readiness program, not a modernization program.

'Readiness has a higher priority than modernization' in Defense Department budgets, he said, speaking this month at the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association GovTechNet conference in Washington.

In fiscal 1998, the service spent $167 million on IT-21, and that amount grew to $280 million in 1999. Navy officials have planned a budget of $470 million for 2000, Mayo said.

Victory speech. Basking in the glow of NATO's Operation Allied Force success, Lt. Gen. William J. Donahue, director of communications and information headquarters for the Air Force, said intelligent use of network bandwidth was key to NATO's operations.

'We really understand that it doesn't matter where you are. It is important that you're on the network,' said Donahue at GovTechNet. 'If you've got bandwidth and connectivity solutions, you'll find the Air Force is a good customer,' he told vendors.

Army distance-learning contract. Last month, the Total Army Distance Learning Program selected ACS Systems & Engineering Inc. of Virginia Beach, Va., for Block 2 of its network distance-learning systems in a contract awarded through the General Services Administration regional office in Bremerton, Wash.

ACS, the only 8(a) bidder, will provide network management, configuration, security and control services for the Army, said Gary Winkler, program manager for the Total Army Distance Learning Program at Fort Monroe, Va. 'We haven't decided if they will provide hardware,' he said.

The Army has outfitted 70 distance-learning classrooms and plans to install 800 by 2010, Winkler said.

By Bill Murray

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