Marines speed modernization

Marines speed modernization

The Marine Corps Systems Command recently awarded three delivery orders in less than 30 days under the service's Information Technology Modernization 2000 program.

The awards followed a $100 million delegation of contracting authority from the Transportation Department IT Omnibus Procurement II program office.

Stanley Associates Inc. of Alexandria, Va., won the $4.1 million Marine Air-Ground Task Force II (MAGTF) Logistics Automated Information System (LOGAIS) delivery order on Dec. 22, according to the Marine Corps Systems Command Web site, at www.marcorsyscom.usmc.mil. The company is modernizing a Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 system that provides operating forces with a 'tool kit of resources for the rapid planning, sourcing and tracking of resources during all operational stages,' according to the site.

Stanley Associates also won the $2.5 million MAGTF LOGAIS Asset Tracking for Logistics Supply System (ATLASS) delivery order, which will help the Marines ensure that MAGTF LOGAIS and ATLASS are interoperable with other service logistics applications. ''

SRA International Inc. of Arlington, Va., meanwhile, grabbed the $8 million Defense Personnel Records Imaging System and Performance Evaluation System delivery order on Dec. 22.

The Performance Evaluation System will let commanders write fitness reports and submit them electronically or print them.

Components include Sybase Inc. PowerBuilder 6.0, Microsoft Visual Basic C++ 5.0, Oracle Corp. databases, and Sun Microsystems Inc. Unix servers, workstations and storage arrays on the back end.

The command's intelligence program managers have also issued a request for information for an Interim-Small Unit Remote Scouting System order through the Marines IT 2000 office. Twelve companies had responded as of the middle of last month.

''Although he calls his Command and Control PC 5.6.2.1 software the 'killer app of the battlefield' because of its mapping and overlapping capability, and its ability to run on Microsoft Corp. operating systems, Maj. James C. Cummiskey said it needs to work with military radio systems.

C2PC must work with Single-Channel Ground and Airborne Radio, Combat Radio Network and enhanced position location reporting system radios, which soldiers usually use with 5-Kbps radio channels, said Cummiskey, mobile computing project officer at the Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity's Communication Systems Division at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

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