Enterprise savings. Enterprise agreements signed by Army and Defense Department officials with software vendors have saved the government almost $677 million over the past two years, according to an Army official.

The agreements, part of DOD's Enterprise Software Initiative, take advantage of the collective buying power of the Army and DOD, said Tom Leahy, acting chief of the Army Small Computer Program office in Fort Monmouth, N.J.

Among the ways the initiative generated savings were by using capital from the Army Stock Fund as seed money to encourage vendors to offer discounts and by more effectively managing software licenses.

Sneak previews. Visitors to the Joint Contingency Force Advanced Warfighting Experiment earlier this month at Fort Polk, La., got a look at several cutting-edge devices to improve the capabilities of warfighters.

Among the items on exhibit was the Enroute Mission Planning and Rehearsal System, which lets troops in a transport aircraft communicate with headquarters and other forces while heading to the battlefield.

Also on display were advanced power sources for soldiers, communications components for airborne troops and a system to allow rapid information flow at tactical operations centers.

Charitable BPA. A blanket purchasing agreement set by the Air Force Medical Logistics Office and the Veterans Affair Department's Special Services office will send thousands of old IBM Corp. computers to charities around the world.

The agencies signed the BPA for IBM desktop PCs and ThinkPad notebook computers with of McLean, Va., which donates the traded-out computers to charities through Gifts in Kind International. offers agencies up to $500 in credit to trade in used computers when they purchase a new unit. Company officials estimate the program should yield 5,000 donations annually.

Getting the message. Data Systems Analysts Inc. will provide engineering services for the Army's Tactical Message System.

The Fairfax, Va., company, under an agreement with prime contractor General Dynamics Communications Systems of Taunton, Mass., will help integrate the Defense Message System with TMS, a project to design a modular transit case with which to take DMS to the battlefield.

Data Systems Analysts, whose earnings as a subcontractor are estimated to be $1 million of the $11 million initial award, also will develop a training program for TMS users.

'Matthew McLaughlin

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