Although NATO nations contributed significantly to the success of the 78-day air war in Kosovo, the significant high-tech "imbalance" between US forces and its NATO allies could have long-term implications for the effectiveness of the alliance, a Pentagon report concluded.
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In what may be the first competitive government contract involving the Linux operating system, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration last month tagged a Reston, Virginia-based company to provide a Linux-based supercomputer that promises drastic improvements in the ability to forecast dangerous weather patterns.
More than six months after negotiations began, US and Russian Federation officials have signed a statement supporting the creation of a joint warning centre that would help avoid an accidental launch of nuclear weapons that could result from system malfunctions caused by Year 2000-related computer problems.
The US Defense Department has instructed all military commanders to maintain their units' ability to go to war in the event of widespread year 2000-related critical infrastructure failures, relegating local community assistance to the bottom of the department's priority list.
In anticipation of using ground forces as either peacekeepers or in a tactical offensive against Serb forces, the US Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has started a massive program to expand communications services throughout the European theatre.
IBM Corp. last week unleashed a more powerful version of its RS/6000 SP server system, which brings supercomputer power to bear on data mining, scientific modeling and simulation, and online transaction processing.
Hewlett-Packard this month announced its latest high-end, Unix-based server, reaffirming the company's commitment to the Unix operating system and its own reduced instruction-set computing (RISC) processor architecture.
The European Union is considering launching a full-scale investigation into whether the US National Security Agency (NSA) is abusing its massive and highly advanced surveillance network to spy on government and private groups around the world.
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