Shifting gears. The $10 billion Navy-Marine Corps In-tranet outsourcing procurement for voice, video and data services is forcing a fee-for-service organization within the Defense Department to reposition itself.

The National Capital Region Engineering and Implementation Division of the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center in Charleston, S.C., provides network monitoring and help desk support to DOD and Navy operations. NMCI is expected to cut into that work, so SSC-Charleston is doing more application service work, said Robert Cooney, the center's head of network engineering.

Test drive. The Navy's Distance Support ePortal will get its first major test during the current deployment of the Abraham Lincoln Battle Group.

Each ship has a Distance Support Tool Set, including video camera, portable computer and ePortal access.

The vessels also receive telemaintenance services from the Naval Sea Systems Command and the Naval Air Systems Command, telemedicine from the Navy's Bureau of Medicine and onsite training from the Navy Learning Network. The Sailor to Engineer ePortal provides engineering assistance to the ships.

Feedback from commanders in the battle group has been positive. 'The use of the Distance Support program to coordinate critical repairs has been extensive and extremely positive,' said a message from the USS Shiloh.

POV lane. Service members in Europe can use the Web to locate privately owned vehicles being shipped to them.

As part of the Defense Department's Global POV Single Contractor Program, soldiers can enter their name and order number on the POV System Query Web site at to find a vehicle being sent by freighter to Europe.

The service is provided by the Military Traffic Management Command in Alexandria, Va.

The command provides more information on the vehicle shipping service on the Web at

Super speed. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is working to make Internet connections 1,000 times faster than they are today.

'Today's Internet does amazing things,' said Mari Maeda, DARPA's project officer on the effort. 'But compared to what it could do, it's really only the tip of the iceberg.'

DARPA researchers are working on hardware and software that would enable much speedier Internet connections and have been working on a test called the SuperNet, which links more than two dozen sites, Maeda said.

'Matthew McLaughlin

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