Briefing Book

Briefing Book

Penguin guard. The Army National Guard is one of the largest Defense Department users of Linux. More than 1,000 machines run the freeware operating system, Guard officials said.

The All Source Analysis, Janus, Joint Conflict and Tactical Simulation and Maneuver Control systems all run under Linux, said Lt. Col. John B. Munoz Atkinson, director of the Army National Guard's Development Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

During a recent proof-of-concept test to see how well the Janus war-gaming application would do for remote use, the Guard ran the system on 24 portable PCs under Red Hat Linux versions 5.2, 6.0 and 6.1 from Red Hat Inc. of Durham, N.C.

Voice of experience. The incoming Defense Information Systems Agency director is getting advice from one of his predecessors.

Air Force Maj. Gen. Harry D. Raduege should focus on three or four areas during his tenure at DISA, said retired Lt. Gen. Albert J. Edmonds, vice president of Electronic Data Systems Corp.'s global government industry group.

Raduege also should empower his best employees and 'watch them like hawks' to ensure they succeed, said Edmonds, who headed DISA from 1994 to 1997.

The incoming director also can reaffirm DISA's role as a technical support resource for the Joint Electronic Commerce Program Office, Edmonds said.

And Raduege can make the Defense Information Systems Network more vital once the Navy awards its contract for the Navy'Marine Corps Intranet program. The NMCI project could take the Navy off DISN for long-distance communications, said Edmonds, whose company is an NMCI bidder.

Security teacher. The National Security Agency has named the National Defense University's IRM College a center of academic excellence for information assurance education.

A formal presentation is scheduled for May 24 at the fourth annual conference of the National Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education.

Price break. Federal Data Corp. of Bethesda, Md., has lowered the price of Cisco Systems Inc. networking products available through FDC's blanket purchasing agreement for the Navy Information Technology Umbrella Program.

After adding products from the San Jose, Calif., company to its BPA, FDC lowered prices by more than 12 percent from what it charges for the products on its General Services Administration schedule contracts. The BPA is open to all DOD and to civilian agencies on a conditional basis.

'Bill Murray

E-mail: bmurray@gcn.com

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