Navy official decries DOD suggestion to ban accepted Web scripting languages

Navy official decries DOD suggestion to ban accepted Web scripting languages

By Bill Murray

GCN Staff

The Defense Department's plan to ban certain Web scripts drew an objection last month from a senior Navy systems official.

'If we are betting the farm that Internet technology is the way the world is going, we have to adapt to it' and find better ways of ensuring security than banning widely accepted software applications, said Ron Turner, deputy chief information officer for infrastructure, systems and technology.

Turner spoke at the GCN Forum luncheon in Washington. In recent weeks, DOD deputy CIO Marvin Langston has suggested that the department will ban Web scripting languages such as ActiveX and JavaScript.

The Internet is improving Navy capabilities, Turner said. Widespread use of the Internet and its millisecond timeframe for communicating and making decisions has changed capital planning, he said.

He predicted the Navy would achieve perhaps the best discounts on systems equipment through the Navy-Marine Corps Internet procurement. The Navy plans to award in June a single contract for Net services. NMCI is being driven by the Navy's need to decrease its operating costs during a time of flat budgets, Turner said.

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