Navy adopts Web app to schedule ships

Navy adopts Web app to schedule ships

WebSked sounds like a snazzy online scheduling or travel program. It is online, it is for scheduling, and it sports cool graphics. But WebSked, an application for scheduling Navy ships, is the newest module of the Global Command and Control System-Maritime.

Don't go to the Web to take a look. Like all GCCS applications, it runs only on the Defense Department's Secret IP Router Network.

According to Steven G. Bullard, a product development manager at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, WebSked will be deployed by the Atlantic Fleet in June and by the Pacific Fleet later in the summer.

Bullard said the advantage to a scheduling program on the Web is that it will let the Navy maintain two authoritative sources of data on ships, one on the East Coast and one on the West. Because every Navy organization must maintain a copy of ship scheduling data, the result is a constant synchronization headache.

FGM Inc. of Dulles, Va., and SPAWAR's Systems Center in San Diego developed WebSked using Lotus Domino. SPAWAR used a commercial graphics artist to design the app's appearance. The Web program will replace a client-server version developed in Visual Basic.

With a single click, a deployment plan exports into a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, which users can e-mail anywhere on SIPRnet.

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