Briefing Book

Briefing Book

Army Y2K update. Lt. Gen. William H. Campbell, the Army chief information officer, said the service's mission-critical systems are well on their way to becoming year 2000- ready by year's end.

Speaking at the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association GovTechNet conference in Washington, he said 369 of 413 mission-critical systems are ready.

Of the other major systems, 672 of 758 are ready. Among nonmajor systems, 22,313 of 23,522 will work without any problems on Jan. 1, he said.

During their year 2000 remediation and testing, Army officials replaced or retired 11 mission-critical systems, which they included in the 369 total, Campbell said.

He also said 558,378 of 594,185 PCs and information technology devices are year 2000-ready, but many of the unready PCs are not networked.

Marines Corps date check. The Marine Corps bought 40,000 licenses for Viasoft Inc.'s OnMark Assess Server Edition from Government Micro Resources Inc.'s General Services Administration IT Schedule contract for $739,400, USMC spokesman Capt. Mike Neumann said.

In April, the USMC followed up that buy with a $34,721 license for Viasoft's OnMark Lotus Notes WorkBench software through GMR of Manassas, Va. 'The software has helped the Corps assess Y2K compliancy and an inventory of computer software' in the enterprise, including the remediation of 75 percent of PCs that are not ready, Neumann said.''

End in sight. While testing the ability to support command and control needs of a deployed joint task force, the Pacific Command last month completed its third and final year 2000 operational evaluation at Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii.

Classified and unclassified e-mail systems, telephone and theater video teleconferencing systems worked during the four-day operation, said Army Lt. Col. John G. Provost, chief of command and control systems for PACOM operations. PACOM uses joint task forces to handle short-term crisis response, disaster relief operations and humanitarian assistance in the Asia-Pacific theater.

Price cut. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command in San Diego has reduced the surcharge on the Database Machines contracts from 2 percent to 1.5 percent.

NCR Government Systems Corp. of Rockville, Md., is selling its Teradata software and WorldMark enterprise servers, while agencies can buy Sybase Inc. software and Sun Microsystems Inc. servers through the indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract of Wang Federal Inc. of McLean, Va.

By Bill Murray


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