BRIEFING BOOK

BRIEFING BOOK

Pushing standards. Defense Department officials are pushing IP Version 6 and Secure Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions as industry standards for secure messaging and public-key infrastructure projects, said Linton Wells II, principal deputy assistant secretary of Defense for command, control, communications and intelligence.

U.S. allies are not matching the messaging capabilities of the Defense Message System and other programs; they use dissimilar products and standards from DOD, Wells said at the recent Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association TechNet conference.

Wells praised Navy Adm. Dennis C. Blair, commander of the Pacific Fleet, for using commercial encryption standards for Internet communications in East Timor.

Unstructured threat. Threats to information systems from a less structured and less well-defined enemy are increasing, the former U.S. Space Command Joint Task Force for Computer Network Defense commander said.

'We've got a ways to go' in responding to such threats as distributed denial-of-service attacks and viruses such as ILOVEYOU, said Air Force Maj. Gen. John H. Campbell at the AFCEA TechNet conference.

He recommended using a coalition of public- and private-sector intelligence analysts, law enforcement, and network operators and leaders. Campbell recently left the Defense Information Systems Agency to become associate director for military support at the CIA [GCN, April 17, Page 53].

Take that. DOD officials agreed with an AFCEA TechNet audience member who criticized them for their lack of involvement in Internet standards bodies.

'We have the same sense'that DOD's not as involved as it should be in standards bodies,' said Lt. Gen. John 'Jack' Woodward, the Air Force's deputy chief information officer.

But 'we can't possibly be involved in every standards body around. There are not enough resources,' said Dawn Hartley, chief technology officer at DISA.

Maybe next time. The Army is the only service fielding the All Sources Analysis System, which was designed as a joint intelligence data analysis program, said Col. Lawrence Arrol, Army Intelligence Fusion program manager.

The Marine Corps won't field the program because it is based on a Sun Microsystems Sparcstation running SunSoft Solaris 2.51. Brig. Gen. Robert M. Shea, the Marine Corps chief information officer, said he wants Marines to use Microsoft Windows in the office and in the field.


'Bill Murray

E-mail: bmurray@gcn.com

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