Briefing Book

Briefing Book

Pushing back. The Marine Corps Systems Command has delayed a blanket purchasing agreement for PCs and servers until at least Sept. 6, according to an announcement the command has posted on its Web site.

Vendors had until Aug. 12 to update their proposals, according to the Enterprise BPA request for quotations.

Originally, bids were due May 11. The the new deadline gave vendors a chance to update their proposals, both the pricing and technology, a command official said.

The Marines Corps is requiring Web-based and worldwide technical support, and the RFQ said the service prefers vendors that have been ranked by GartnerGroup Inc. of Stamford, Conn.

The announcement is posted at

Looking for answers. Defense Security Service officials, under fire for poor management practices that have slowed the security clearance process for Defense Department employees, have established a program management office to evaluate the computer systems the organization uses, service spokeswoman Caryl Clubb said.

Charles J. Cunningham Jr., a retired Air Force lieutenant general who worked for the Defense Intelligence Agency and was assistant secretary of Defense for command, control, communications and intelligence, took over as director of DSS on June 7, replacing Steven T. Schanzer.

DSS, which reports to the assistant secretary of Defense for 3CI, conducts more than 150,000 personnel security investigations each year and is involved in missions to thwart espionage.

Switching test. During a monthlong multiservice interoperability test that ended in late June, the Army's Program Executive Office for Command, Control and Communications Systems and the Communications-Electronics Command assessed the year 2000 readiness of five satellite terminals, 14 voice switches and eight message switches.

The Joint Users Switch Exercise brought together representatives of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the commander in chief of the U.S. Atlantic Command, PEO C3S and two CECOM organizations.

In addition to active units, the test involved the Army National Guard and Reserves, which use transmission, switching and voice messaging systems around the world.

The tactical messaging performance of the Defense Message System at Fort Detrick, Md., Fort Monmouth, N.J., and other sites passed the test, CECOM officials said.

The test also validated the security of
e-mail transactions.

'Bill Murray

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