Sync it. As they prepared for the Fourth Infantry Division to field new systems this fall, Army command, control, communications systems (3CS) officials have found that using relational database management systems certified under the Defense Information Infrastructure Common Operating Environment does not ensure interoperability of database and message exchanges.

'COE is necessary but not sufficient,' particularly when dealing with specific application programming interfaces between RDBMSes, said John C. Perrapato Jr., deputy program executive officer for 3CS at Fort Monmouth, N.J.

From January until June, officials helped vendors ensure that the databases that make up the Joint Common Database could work together, he said. These include databases from Informix Corp. of Menlo Park, Calif., and Oracle Corp.

So long. A man who has been called a founding father of Marine Corps command, control, communications and computer systems has retired from the service following a nearly 30-year career.

Col. Kevin McHale left the service at the end of June, said Debra M. Filippi, the Corps' deputy chief information officer. McHale served as the Marines' year 2000 project office director and 'did an absolutely superb job,' said Col. Robert C. Dodt, executive assistant to the Corps' chief information officer, Brig. Gen. Robert M. Shea.

McHale served in Dodt's position previously, but his last job was as the head of the C4 Resources Division, where he coordinated the C4 budget and personnel resources, Dodt said.

It's official. Late last month, Margaret Myers officially took over Paul R. Brubaker's former job as principal director for the Defense Department's deputy chief information officer.

Myers served as acting principal director since January [GCN, Feb. 7, Page 6], when Brubaker, new deputy CIO, was promoted, said Rex Bolton, a computer specialist in the CIO's office.

NSA iconoclast. William B. Black Jr., a former National Security Agency employee who retired in 1997 after a 28-year career to work at Science Applications International Corp. of San Diego, was recently nominated by Air Force Lt. Gen. Michael V. Hayden to become the agency's deputy director.

Hayden, who called Black 'a cross between an iconoclast and an innovator,' was waiting for Defense Secretary William S. Cohen and President Clinton to approve the nomination.

NSA credited Black with focusing on 'new ways of supporting military operations' and working to 'develop innovative processes for intelligence collection.'

'Bill Murray


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