BRIEFING BOOK

BRIEFING BOOK

Stern warning. In the wake of the Oct. 12 bombing of the destroyer USS Cole in Yemen, Defense Secretary William S. Cohen called for foreign defense ministers to take up the fight against terrorism, particularly in cyberspace.


'I just want you to think about the prospect of any dedicated professional'not to mention teen-age hacker'who could conceivably shut down your air traffic management control system,' Cohen said in a recent speech at the Defense Ministerial of the Americas. 'Or someone who could shut down your power distribution system or close down your financial centers with the click of a button. Information assurance is something we all need to talk about.'


Check the stardate. The technology has not reached the level of a 'Star Trek' holodeck, but Army training simulators took a major step forward with the Sept. 26 opening of the Institute for Creative Technologies, a simulator research center in Marina del Rey, Calif.

The University of Southern California built the institute in a partnership with the Army. Under the $45 million, five-year contract, USC will seek out partners in the video game and film industries to advance simulator technology.

'This is about injecting more realism in Army training, because it is an old and proven Army axiom that realistic training saves lives,' Army secretary Louis Caldera said. 'Simulators allow you to safely turn up the heat without the danger of training injuries or other accidents.'

Supply support. The Naval Air Systems Command recently awarded a $64 million, five-year contract for logistics information management support services to Lockheed Martin Systems Integration of Oswego, N.Y.

Lockheed Martin's Systems Solutions unit will manage several NAVAIR contracts at 12 sites. The company will support information technology systems for logistics, maintenance and procurement of major aircraft weapons systems.


In charge. Stan Z. Soloway, deputy undersecretary of Defense for acquisition reform and director of the Defense Reform Initiative, last month was named president of the Professional Services Council.

Soloway was selected to lead the council, a national trade association representing the professional and technical services industry, due to his knowledge and experience of issues that affect the PSC, said the group's chairman, J. Kenneth Driessen.

As director of DRI, Soloway is the Defense Department's senior official in charge of developing policy and process changes to the department's acquisition and procurement practices.


'Matt McLaughlin

E-mail: matthewm@gcn.com

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