Software truce. Air Force officials have decided not to standardize on a network management software product.
'''We've found there's a broad spectrum of products available,' such as Computer Associates International Inc.'s CA UniCenter, Hewlett-Packard OpenView and IBM Tivoli, said Col. Bernard K. Skoch, the service's chief information officer and support director.
''The Office of the Secretary of Defense months ago tapped the Air Force to award enterprise license agreements that offices throughout the Defense Department could use to obtain software.
''But the service had difficulty fulfilling the mandate because the team working on the project could not decide whether to standardize on one product or issue blanket purchasing agreements to competing vendors.

''Inviting offer. In early December, the Defense Logistics Agency invited six vendors to bid on the Business Systems Modernization Program. Through the BPAs, DLA plans to replace the 34-year-old Standard Automated Materiel Management System, a mainframe central design system.
''Andersen Consulting of Chicago, Computer Sciences Corp., Electronic Data Systems Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co., IBM Corp. and PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc. of New York received in-vitations to bid based on their General Services Administration Information Technology Schedule contracts.

''Still on track. The recent departures of senior DOD officials will likely have little effect on the Global Information Grid effort to provide a departmentwide systems architecture, a senior DOD official said recently.
''Most of the GIG guidance and policy documents will be signed by deputy Defense secretary John Hamre before he steps down March 31, said Paul Brubaker, principal deputy to DOD deputy chief information officer Marvin J. Langston, who left his job Jan. 28.
''GIG is a long-term project that has the support of Defense CIO Arthur L. Money, Defense Secretary William Cohen and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Brubaker said.

''Sad but true. Col. Kevin McHale, the Marine Corps' Year 2000 Project Office director, said he misses meeting weekly with his DOD year 2000 colleagues.
'''There was no pride of ownership' of ideas during the brainstorming and information-sharing sessions, McHale said.
''After the leap year rollover and then a vacation, McHale will resume his job as the Corps' Resources Branch chief under Brig. Gen. Robert Shea, the assistant chief of staff for command, control, communications, computers and intelligence.

'Bill Murray

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