Navy plan. Navy officials plan to release the final version next month of their vision for the service's core 40,000 information technology workers.

One third of the department's civilian computer specialists can retire by 2002, according to the draft Information Management/Information Technology Workforce Strategic Plan for fiscal 2001-2006.

In addition to reviewing compensation, officials want to launch more intern programs, said Alex Bennet, deputy chief information officer for enterprise integration.

It's official. The Office of the Secretary of Defense has officially approved the selection of Paul R. Brubaker as the Defense Department's deputy chief information officer.

He took over the job on an acting basis in January, when Marvin J. Langston left DOD to become chief operating officer of Salus Media Inc. of Carpinteria, Calif. [GCN, Feb. 7, Page 38]. Brubaker had worked as Langston's principal director for the previous year.

Brubaker said he is committed to accomplishing as much as he can before the Clinton administration ends.

Software milestone. The Air Force is more than halfway through its rollout of Microsoft Corp. common operating environment software, a contractor said.

Following a $17.3 million order from the Air Combat Command for 90,000 licenses and a $6 million Air Forces in Europe delivery order for 33,000 licenses earlier this year, Lockheed Martin Corp. officials passed the 150,000-license mark under their Global Combat Support System-Air Force contract.

Air Force users have the option of deploying Microsoft Windows 95, 98 or Windows NT 4.0, as well as the client versions of Exchange and Systems Management Server, under Lockheed's agreement with the Standard Systems Group at Gunter Annex-Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. [GCN, Nov. 23, 1998, Page 33].

Trade-in. A reseller's blanket purchasing agreement could let 180,000 IBM users in the Air Force and Army trade in their old PCs and receive a $300 to $500 credit toward a new IBM Corp. machine.

Within 30 days of placing an order, of McLean, Va., can replace an older IBM unit through's Veterans Affairs Department BPA, said Brad Mack, the company's vice president of sales. Users must fill out a form listing the PC's model number, serial number and certifying they have the authority to make the trade, he said.

Late last month, Army Small Computer Program officials at Fort Monmouth, N.J., were awaiting the OK for a trade-in BPA with, Mack said.

'Bill Murray


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