Five DOD projects honored

SALT LAKE CITY'Five Defense Department software projects, ranging from a tactical-data fire support system to a computer-generated training system, were honored today at the Systems and Software Technology Conference.

The winners, chosen at the conference each year by CrossTalk magazine, include the Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System; the Defense Medical Logistics Standard Support System; the H1E System Configuration Set; the One Semi-Automated Forces Objective System; and the Patriot Excalibur program.

They were among dozens of nominations received by a panel of judges.

AFATDS is a joint, automated command and control system used in Operation Iraqi Freedom to determine targets and to pair the targets with various weapons systems, including attack helicopters, cannon artillery, mortars and missiles. AFATDS was developed by Raytheon Co.

DMLSS, developed by the DMLSS Program Office, is a joint program under the Military Health System. The objective is to speed wholesale and retail pharmaceutical and medical items to military customers, eliminating the need to store large inventories at depots.

"We're a driver for business change," said Army Col. Ralph H. Sees, program director. "We are very commercial-oriented. Our prime users are doctors, nurses and dentists who were trained in the commercial world.'

"We reduce costs, reduce inventory and replace numerous legacy systems within the services," he added.

The H1E System Configuration Set, developed by Boeing Co., offers computer upgrades to the F/A-18 advanced weapons laboratory. The scope of the program is to convert 1.3 million lines of source code into more commercial-type products, project manager Harlan Kooima said. Twenty years of F/A-18 functionality was converted to High Order Language in just five years, he said.

The program has spent $210 million on hardware and $160 million on software and came in on cost and on schedule, Kooima added.

The OneSAF program is being developed by Science Applications International Corp. of San Diego for the Army's Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training & Instrumentation. It will be used by Army and Marine Corps trainers, engineers and researchers to "create a virtually limitless variety of computer-generated environments, military units, individual entities, behaviors and scenarios to meet their different needs," according to an SAIC release.

Tom Radgowski, program manager of OneSAF for SAIC, said the app is being developed in an integrated fashion using secure, Web-based tools and open-source software. The second iteration, Block B, is complete and has been fielded to 30 sites across the Army, he added.

Patriot Excalibur is described by program officials as a squadron-level, PC-based toolset to help air crews conduct timely operational missions.

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