Briefing Book

Briefing Book

Group decision. In a decision apparently made at the Joint Chiefs of Staff level, the Joint Task Force on Computer Network Defense has become part of the triservice Space Command, a spokes-woman for the task force said.

The task force organization will remain at Defense Information Systems Agency headquarters, but Maj. Gen. John H. Campbell, commander of the task force, will report to the commander-in-chief of Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., task force spokeswoman Melissa Bohan said.

Campbell, a DISA vice director, has been task force commander since the organization was formed Dec. 3.'With an annual budget of $5.2 million, the task force helps organize defenses against attacks and threats to Defense Department systems.

Lotus in limbo. After buying Lotus Domino Server and Notes software more than a year ago, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center officials have not exercised the contract's first option, which came up May 25.

SPAWAR has the option of deploying the product to hundreds of thousands of users and receiving a discount of up to 90 percent through the multiyear agreement.

'We're still planning on using the product,' said Rear Adm. John A. Gauss, SPAWAR's commander in San Diego. Any decision by SPAWAR to increase the number of Lotus seats it purchases beyond 4,220 licenses would be influenced by vendor feedback related to SPAWAR's July 7 industry day, he said.

Domino Server provides a medium for cataloging information and making it widely available, Gauss said. 'Its performance is pretty darned good,' he said.

Sunny days. On April 2, DISA officials determined that SunSoft Solaris 7 is compliant with the Defense Information Infrastructure Common Operating Environment Version 4.0 kernel.

The certification was followed by Sun Java Runtime Environment 1.1.6 certification on June 18, said Betsy Flood, a DISA spokeswoman. DII COE 4.1, scheduled for October release, will include those products plus Sun Java Runtime Environment 1.2 and SunForum, she said.

Food for thought. Instead of point-of-sale machines or paper and pencil, the Army is using 65 PalmPilot handheld computers from 3Com Corp. of Santa Clara, Calif., to identify which soldiers are eating and what they're eating at 12 dining facilities at Fort Hood, Texas.

'We've saved at least an hour each meal,' rather than using a sign-in sheet, said Toby Ostrowski, food service systems analyst at the Army Center of Excellence for Subsistence at Fort Lee, Va.

'Bill Murray


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