DISA tests D.C. area antiterror service

The Defense Information Systems Agency and a group of contractors are setting up a Washington-area pilot to integrate federal, state and local law enforcement groups to deal with terrorist threats.

The pilot will run for 18 months beginning late this summer, said Glenn Cooper, assistant technical director for DISA's Homeland Security Command and Control Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration. IBM Corp. and Mitre Corp. of Bedford, Mass., are assisting DISA on the project.

Starting with 16 area military sites and some state and local organizations, the service will encompass 40 to 60 organizations by early 2005, officials said. It will use secure command and control terminals developed by DISA at all locations.

The terminals come in several versions, Cooper said. One type has three 18-inch, flat-panel displays connected to a Dell Computer Corp. workstation with 1G of RAM. Another is a reconfigured desktop computer. A third is a miniature version of the three-panel display.

'Which one any given organization has depends on the characterization and needs of that organization,' Cooper said.

The service will incorporate chemical and biological analysis and response software and the Defense Collaboration Tool Set'government software built on standard Microsoft Corp. products such as NetMeeting'plus chat and whiteboarding, he said.

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