Problem solved. Military treatment facilities on Air Force bases will be able to access the Defense Information Systems Network under a new agreement set by the service, the Defense Information Systems Agency and the Pentagon's Tri-Services Infrastructure Management Program Office.

Navy Capt. Paul A. Tibbetts, program executive officer for information technology for the Defense Department's Military Health System, recently said it was difficult for some traffic to get through the firewalls on DOD installations because of incompatible network configurations [GCN, June 5, Page 49].

So long, X.400? The flag officer overseeing the Navy's Defense Message System implementation said DISA needs to update the standards it uses to certify DMS software.

DISA should abandon the X.400 message standard for DMS because it is not widely used and instead adopt the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol, said Rear Adm. Richard W. Mayo, director of space, information warfare, command and control.

'We need to go commercial as much as possible,' he said.

PKI push. To drive acceptance of public-key infrastructure technology, Pentagon systems brass are considering creating a new post: program management officer for PKI applications.

'It may be appropriate,' said Richard Schaeffer, director of infrastructure and information assurance in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Schaeffer spoke at the recent PKI Roundtable sponsored by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association.

DOD also could use the Enterprise Software Initiative to promote PKI efforts, he said. Using ESI would let the military services negotiate with vendors on product discounts, said Schaeffer, who works for Arthur L. Money, the assistant secretary of Defense for command, control, communications and intelligence.

More choice. GTSI Corp. of Chantilly, Va., recently added Hewlett-Packard Co. and IBM Corp. notebook PCs to its Army Portable-3 contract. The products come with a three-year worldwide warranty.

The Army Small Computer Program recently asked Portable-3 contractors GTSI and Intelligent Decisions Inc., also of Chantilly, to expand the variety of products on their Portable-3 contracts.

The service's PC procurement team made the request in response to demands from Army offices that said they wanted to be able to select notebook PCs from a broader range of vendors, Army officials said.

'Bill Murray


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