Instant wins. The Marine Corps is speeding up its awards system by putting the submission and filing parts of the process online.

An Internet application the Corps began using last month lets officers and civilians submit nominations that document Marines' laudable efforts.

Some members of the Corps began using the system in 1998 as a Lotus Notes database, and it has since been modified to be available to all service members. Its functions also have been expanded to let users track personal and unit awards at

Contract extension. The Defense Department added two years to the ordering period for its Radio Frequency Identification contract with Savi Technology of Sunnyvale, Calif.

The extension sustains Savi's position as a hardware and software supplier for RFID through August 2002. The original contract, signed in 1997 and valued at $111.7 million, included a three-year ordering period, and a five-year period for training and technical services.

RFID lets military users find and track goods worldwide within the DOD supply chain. The system uses tags with a microchip controller to identify shipment contents. Handheld devices transfer data from the tags to a database used for asset management.

Technology mining. Rated in performance tests during the Joint Warrior Interoperability Demonstration last July, certain high-tech products were in September given the distinction: Gold Nugget.

The JWID Joint Project Office judged technologies from Raytheon Co. and BMC Software Inc. of Houston to have the best quality, lowest cost and lowest risk while meeting the immediate needs of warfighters.

Raytheon's SilentRunner passively collects information as it flows across a network. The application displays data about a network structure in a vertical map that can be used to prevent infiltration.

BMC's series of Patrol products lets administrators monitor and manage systems and applications, and helps maintain performance.

Island engagement. The Navy recently tested its Cooperative Engagement Capability during maneuvers off Wallops Island, Va.

CEC is designed to provide a single tactical picture that incorporates all available data from air-defense radar and sensors. The system lets Navy forces pinpoint targets using data from sources including ships, aircraft and land-based sensors.

An operational evaluation of CEC is scheduled for next spring.

'Matt McLaughlin


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