Briefing Book

Briefing Book

Cyber seabag. Navy officials have reconsidered a plan to lease notebook PCs for all incoming enlisted recruits on the fiscal 2001 budget, a service spokeswoman said.

'It was something they were interested in. It got scratched,' the Navy spokeswoman said. The Navy would have leased 84,000 notebook PCs over three years as part of the Cyber Seabag program that was designed as a recruiting incentive, an industry source said.

Lessons learned. In Kosovo, the Marine Corps found that videoconferencing was useful for some staff-level operations, said Debra M. Filippi, the service's deputy chief information officer.

The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, which left Kosovo in mid-August to provide humanitarian relief in Turkey, used videoconferencing for 'general, 'how goes it?' ' communications, rather than mission planning and execution, she said.

Secret IP Router Network connectivity, accessed through Joint Task Force Enabler, was particularly important because the Marines use SIPRnet more on deployments than the Non-Classified IP Router Network, Filippi said.

Local carrier. The Air Combat Command has saved about 45 percent on phone service since awarding a base-level, five-year contract to Cox Communications Inc. of Atlanta for Langley Air Force Base, Va., said Christopher Bradley, a Cox project manager.

'There used to be a 30 percent busy call rate during our peak hours, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.,' said Bradley, a former staff sergeant who served as Langley's commercial communications manager before leaving the service last month. 'We've had almost no busy signals' on the all-fiber, Synchronous Optical Network and asynchronous transfer mode network since switching service from Bell Atlantic Corp. in October, he said.

ACC officials will likely save $3 million over five years through the contract, Bradley said.

Buying news. Responding to a critical Defense Department inspector general's report on the Standard Procurement System, American Management Systems Inc. officials say they have added more user training to the program and improved software performance during the past year.

'During the down-select, AMS' SPS met 70 percent of the technical requirements,' said Al Rogers, a vice president for the Fairfax, Va., company. Since the start of the 10-year contract in 1995, AMS officials have improved software performance, and it now meets more than 90 percent of user requirements, making it easier to retire DOD's 75 legacy procurement systems, he said.

'Bill Murray


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