Oracle lease. The Transportation Command, a unified Defense Department command, signed a multiyear, $50 million Oracle Corp. lease in late May through the Integrated Computer-Aided Software Engineering Contract of Logicon Inc. of Herndon, Va.
The contract, which TRANSCOM can extend for 10 years, will save the command hundreds of millions of dollars, said Col. Steven Woolf, director of plans and programs at Scott Air Force Base, Ill. The contract includes Oracle database and tools products as well as onsite technicians, the Oracle Financials application, 3,000 hours of in-class training and consulting, he said.
TRANSCOM has up to 80,000 users, and the license also covers DOD users of TRANSCOM software, Woolf said. Even after financing charges incurred through leasing, TRANSCOM is saving 73.4 percent off Oracle's General Services Administration Information Technology Schedule contract prices, said Vince Steckler, a Logicon vice president in Arlington, Va.
NIPRNet slam. In a speech last month, Lt. Gen. William H. Campbell, the Army's chief information officer, slammed security on the DOD's Non-Classified IP Router Network. NIPRNet 'should not serve as such a critical system to support soldiers' with .mil e-mail addresses, he said at the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association GovTechNet conference in Washington.
'It's close to madness,' he said of NIPRNet's 'gazillion backdoor entrances to the Internet.' He said that after an Office of the Secretary of Defense meeting that was to be held later that day, 'we're going to close them down.'
A rosier picture. Lt. Gen. William J. Donahue, director of the Air Force Communications and Information Headquarters, had kinder words than Campbell for NIPRNet. In operations, 'it used to be the first thing you'd want to do is get the AUTODIN channel up,' he said in his GovTechNet speech. 'Now, you want to get CIPRNet and then NIPRNet, and then you can engage.'
He called CIPRNet the secret, command and control version of the Internet.
Rugged is where it's at. Panasonic Personal Computer Co.'s ruggedized portable PCs have been the biggest sellers on the Army Portable-2 contract since January, said an Army Small Computer Program official.
'With more deployments, we've seen a greater need for ruggedization,' said Steve Miller, a Small Computer Program product leader at Fort Monmouth, N.J. Because of the demand, Portable-3 bidders were required to include ruggedized portables on their proposals.
By Bill Murray