DMS passes final test for all but intelligence users

DMS passes final test for all but intelligence users

The latest release of Defense Message System software has passed operational testing and evaluation for the Defense Department's general service areas. But testers found the 3.0 release unsuitable for intelligence work'the area for which its security features were designed.

After DMS 3.0 passed final testing by the Joint Interoperability Test Command this month, DOD approved it for worldwide deployment beginning this summer in the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, said Jerry Bennis, the DMS program manager.

'JITC reported that DMS 3.0 performed far better in this test than it has in any prior test,' Bennis said. He would not comment on why DMS 3.0 will not be deployed to intelligence agencies.

The indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity DMS contract held by Lockheed Martin Corp. is supervised by the Defense Information Systems Agency and has a $1.6 billion purchase ceiling. Software consists of Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Domino mail servers, clients and messaging agents for use on DOD's secure and unclassified networks.

The tests, conducted at 12 sites worldwide, involved each branch of the military, a combat command, intelligence forces, a tactical command and allied sites, Bennis said.

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