Lessons learned. Sales were slower than expected under the Army's blanket purchasing agreements for Computer Associates International Inc. and IBM Corp. Tivoli network management products, deputy chief information officer Dave Borland said.

'If I had to do it again, I may have worked harder to determine the near-term demand' for the products, he said.

'The Army went out on a limb' by spending $8 million from its rotating stock fund to initiate the leasing BPAs with Telos Corp. of Ashburn, Va., for Tivoli in June 1999 [GCN, July 26, 1999, Page 40] and Computer Associates for its products the following September [GCN, Oct. 4, 1999, Page 3], Borland said.

Time for champagne. Litton PRC has passed the $1 billion mark for orders from one contract, said Nikki Isfahani, head of the Navy Umbrella Information Technology Program at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command in San Diego.

SPAWAR manages the contract, but the Army is the largest user of the 1993 Super Minicomputer contract, said Lou Kirby, Litton PRC's vice president and general manager for the Super Mini program. Forty-five agencies have made 6,500 delivery orders through the pact.

Army Communications'Electronics Command officials plan to award a Super Mini follow-on contract, Army Mini Maxi and Database, said Tom Leahy, acting chief of the Army Small Computer Program at Fort Monmouth, N.J.

Money talks. The Marine Corps still expects to begin its outsourcing effort for voice, video and data services in 2002 unless costs are prohibitive, officials said.

'We're full members' in the Navy'Marine Corps Intranet procurement, but participation hinges on the per-seat cost, Brig. Gen. Robert Shea said at last month's Navy Connecting Technologies conference in Norfolk, Va.

'I don't have any idea about the range of bids. Until we see them, we can't make a determination,' he said. Officials would appeal through Gen. James L. Jones to Navy Secretary Richard Danzig to back away from NMCI if needed, a Marine Corps Systems Command official said.

Medium endorsement. On May 9, the Joint Chiefs of Staff's Military Communications Electronics Board endorsed continuing medium-grade messaging development to support the Defense Department's public-key infrastructure effort, using commercial software to support e-mail users, said Navy Lt. Cmdr. James Brooks, a Joint Chiefs spokesman.

Defense Information Systems Agency officials are expected to provide an update on medium-grade messaging to MCEB during its meeting this month, Brooks said.

'Bill Murray


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