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Forward march. The Navy plans to award the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet procurement contract in June as scheduled, in spite of recent questions about lack of budget documentation, said Navy spokeswoman Lt. Dora Staggs.

Contractors expect to complete a business case study by late May, said Scott Lewis, vice president and region manager for Gartner Group Inc. of Stamford, Conn. GartnerGroup is a subcontractor to Booz, Allen & Hamilton Inc. of McLean, Va., for the case study.

Rep. Herbert H. Bateman (R-Va.), chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Readiness, said Navy officials should halt the procurement until they have presented a business case and cost-benefit analysis to the subcommittee [GCN, March 6, Page 3]. Navy Secretary Richard Danzig in a March 8 letter told Bateman the Navy is ready to proceed with the NMCI award pending completion of the supporting documents.

Raising standards. Army Col. W. Forrest Crain became director of the Defense Modeling and Simulation Office on March 1, taking over for Air Force Col. Ken 'Crash' Conwin, who now serves as special adviser to Vitalij Garber, interoperability director for the undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, logistics and technology.

Also at DMSO, chief scientist Judith S. Dahmann is urging the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers to accept High-Level Architecture as an open standard. Acceptance would make it easier for DOD modeling and simulation users to work with vendors, she said.

Classified'shhh. Web security, critical infrastructures, counterintelligence, antiterrorism, surveillance detection and threat research will be the subjects of the National Operations Security Conference June 5-9 in Monterey, Calif.

Sponsored by the OPSEC Professionals Society and the Interagency OPSEC Support Staff, the conference will include classified sessions at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey.

They're tops. Two Joint Electronic Commerce Program Office programs last month received Center for Excellence for Information Technology awards at the Virtual Government 2000 conference.

The former Government Information Technology Services Board, now part of the Chief Information Officers Council, presented CEIT awards to JECPO's DOD Business Opportunities and Central Contractor Registration programs.

The DOD Business Opportunities program lets vendors identify pending DOD contract solicitations. CCR is an online database of 160,000 vendors.

'Bill Murray

E-mail: bmurray@gcn.com

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