Briefing Book

Briefing Book

Brigade test. Look for more purchases of ruggedized notebook PCs at the Army's Fort Lewis, Wash., home of I Corps. The base was selected as a test

site for a medium-weight brigade that could deploy quickly and carry heavy-duty equipment.

'When technology permits, we will erase the distinction that exists today between light and heavy forces,'' said Gen. Eric K. Shinseki, Army chief of staff, speaking last month at the Association of the U.S. Army conference. Shinseki wants to develop a combat-capable brigade that could deploy in 96 hours anywhere in the world, but he conceded, 'That is a stretch now.''

The Army is buying and testing vehicles at Fort Lewis this fiscal year, and making other changes in equipment and doctrine to fit the service's vision, Shinseki said.



Inside the BPA. Marine Corps officials are keeping mum about discounts offered by six vendors through the service's enterprise blanket purchasing agreement for PCs and servers, but other details have emerged.

The BPAs feature three server, two desktop PC and two notebook PC contract line items, and the products are compliant with Desktop Management Interface 2.0, said Harriett L. Burton, a Corps contracting officer. The one-year BPAs are renewable for up to three years.

Vendors have to set up Corps-specific Web sites and 24-hour technical support, Burton said.

The PCs feature diagnostics software, and vendors will accept returns of failed classified hard drives destroyed to protect data.



DISA software. The Defense Information Systems Agency signed a one-year, $7.3 million software license and maintenance contract with Computer Associates International Inc. for the Area Command-Mechanicsburg, Pa.

The Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., negotiated the contract, which was signed 'on an other than full-and-open basis,'' according to the announcement, with Computer Associates' offer the only one solicited and received.



Au revoir. Three blanket purchasing agreements under the Navy Information Technology Umbrella Program recently expired, according to the organization's Web site, at www.it-umbrella.navy.mil.

The New Technologies for Office and Portable Systems BPAs held by Government Technology Services Inc. of Chantilly, Va., and Tracor Information Solutions Inc. of Reston, Va., expired Sept. 30, and Silicon Graphics Inc.'s Tactical Advanced Computer Joint Workstation BPA ended Sept. 20.



'Bill Murray

Internet: bmurray@gcn.com

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