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DOD envisions a new plan for governing military health system

Deputy Defense secretary Gordon England has approved a new conceptual framework for managing the military health system that creates joint oversight and leadership of several key functional areas'education and training, medical research, health care delivery in major U.S. markets and critical shared services'across the health system.


The new approach is intended to streamline operations, improve efficiencies and increase cost savings, improve coordination of medical services, improve support to warfighters, leverage better medical research, and create greater oneness and standardization in training military medical personnel.


'The approved concept does not seek a total medical joint command structure, but concentrates on consolidating and unifying key functions and providing authorities needed to make decisions jointly to build a more effective organization,' England said.


The undersecretary of Defense for personnel and readiness, assistant secretary of Defense for health affairs, Joint Staff and surgeons general will identify details for the conceptual framework and then appoint a transition team to implement and align the new governance approach.


The transition and realignment is scheduled for completion by 2009.


Contract agency signs up for data management system

The Defense Contract Management Agency has implemented a new backup and data management system for its 30 locations worldwide to handle the agency's weekly backups, which can add up to more than 11TB of data.


'On a worldwide network, eliminating tape from a backup infrastructure is a monumental task,' said Peter Amstutz, chief of network design for DCMA. 'We were able to make it seem easy. Our vision was to treat backup as an enterprise-class competency.'


The software solution, from CommVault Inc. of Oceanport, N.J., includes native direct-to-disk backup capabilities and management tools, such as snapshot management and recovery, remote replication, active data migration and archiving, e-mail compliance, enterprise service-level management reporting and storage resource management.


DCMA's 30 sites include 22 data centers in 14 countries, with more than 600 servers.

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