Stories by George I. Seffers

Small Firm to Deliver DOD System

A recently awarded $850 million contract provides the U.S. Department of Defense with a new system for tracking military members and dependents, and it also propels a previously little-known company into the big-dollar spotlight.

DOD Rethinks Workforce Plan

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has reversed a longtime policy of reducing the civilian acquisition and technology workforce.

Army Passing on Notes

The Army is preparing to announce that it will use Microsoft Corp. messaging software rather than Lotus Development Corp.'s Notes to pass tactical messages with the Army Battle Command System (ABCS), according to industry and Army sources.

Lockheed Locks Up US$1.5B Deal

A team led by Lockheed Martin Corp. has won a highly coveted US$1.5 billion Air Force contract to modernize and integrate 40 air, missile and space command and control systems.

Northrop Advances in Federal IT

Northrop Grumman Corp. continued its march upon the federal information technology marketplace with its US$150 million cash purchase of Sterling Software (U.S.) Inc. and may well have other companies in its sights, analysts say.

DMS Officially Replaces Autodin

The Defense Message System came online Sept. 15, fully replacing the Automatic Digital Network System and becoming the military's official system for passing all general service messages classified at the top-secret level and below.

Software Licensing Saves DOD a Bundle

The Army Small Computer Program's use of software licensing agreements has saved the Army and the U.S. Department of Defense US$677 million in the past two years, according a service announcement released Thursday.

Army Tests Digital Forces

The U.S. Army will kick off a major new warfighting experiment at Fort Polk, La., on Friday designed to test the effectiveness of infantry units armed with digitized information systems.

IT Industry Cries Foul

Information technology organizations are banding together to oppose a controversial bill in Congress that they say could derail the growing movement toward federal IT outsourcing and, they claim, possibly even shut down critical functions of the government.

GTSI, IBM Win MMAD Deal

On Aug. 29, the U.S. Army awarded an US$857 million dual contract award to GTSI Corp. and IBM Corp. Global Services-Federal for the hotly contested and highly awaited Mini, Maxi and Database-1 (MMAD-1) program.

Air Force to Announce Portal

In October, the U.S. Air Force plans to announce an enterprise portal initiative that will integrate more than 28,000 information systems and help service members cut through red tape that often prevents them from getting the information they need to do their jobs, the service's top communicator said last week.

Army Fine-Tunes Missile Defense C3

The U.S. Army Space Command recently completed a joint battle planning exercise designed to fine-tune national missile-defense command, control and communications, the service announced Thursday.

Deputy CIO with Just One Hat

Under a restructuring plan that heavily boosts its clout, the chief information office within the U.S. Air Force will add a senior position whose authority will include overseeing the service's multibillion-dollar information technology budget and systems. The Air Force plan creates a new principal deputy assistant secretary for business and information management and deputy chief CIO, the civilian equivalent of a three-star general, said Lawrence Delaney, the Air Force CIO. That person, who has yet to be selected, will be largely responsible for fulfilling the day-to-day CIO duties. The Air Force needs the new position in part because the service's top two IT executives wear more than one hat and are unable to fully focus on CIO responsibilities. Delaney, for example, also is assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition.

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