Air command to create common-operating picture

The Central Command Air Forces at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., has hired OPNET Technologies, Inc. of Bethesda, Md. to build a network common-operating picture system by fusing numerous disparate data sources.

The two-phased contract, which has an estimated value of more than $1 million, will fuse various applications, including Hewlett Packard Co.'s Open View and Cisco Systems Inc.'s CiscoWorks, into the USCENTAF network common-operating picture.

The system will use advanced features of OPNET SP Guru software, including NetDoctor configuration auditing, traffic and routing visualization, and simulation, according to a company release.

'From CENTAF's active, on-going role in joint operations, we have observed a need to integrate our many disparate network data sources and advanced modeling capabilities, all behind a simple dashboard display,' said Bill Strickland, chief of the network engineering support team at USCENTAF.

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