Intercepts

Harvey to Army; GPS and Coke; Map errors; Discount Microsoft prices

Harvey to Army?

Francis Harvey could soon get an executive post in the Defense Department, but it might not be the DOD chief information officer post for which he has been nominated. According to media reports and department insiders, Harvey may be nominated for secretary of the Army.

A Pentagon official said staff in the CIO office heard rumors during the past two weeks that Harvey could take over for Thomas White instead of for John Stenbit. The New York Times reported last week that Harvey, a former executive at Westinghouse Electric Corp. and the Carlyle Group LLC, could become the Army's top official to provide strong leadership during the investigation of the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal.

But will Harvey's name make it to a vote on the Senate floor? Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) put a hold on his and nine other DOD nominations to pressure the department to release documents related to the Air Force/Boeing Co. aircraft tanker deal.

Harvey could run into another wall: Sen. John Warner (R-Va.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, favors Les Brownlee, acting secretary of the Army. Brownlee worked in Warner's office as a staff official.

GPS and Coke

Fearing eavesdropping, the military will temporarily ban the soft drink Coke from some of its bases because of a new promotion that puts Global Positioning System wireless phones in 120 cans, according to a media report.

Coca-Cola Co. officials want people who find one of the cans to call and register for prizes including $1 million. Company search teams will use the GPS locations to find winners and give them their rewards, according to a July 2 Associated Press story.

Discount Microsoft prices

All Army personnel can purchase some Microsoft Corp. products at discount prices, thanks to the new Employee Purchase Program.

They can buy up to three copies of products on Microsoft's list at a reduced rate. For more information on the program, go to https://ascp.monmouth.army.mil.

Map errors

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) produced maps of Afghanistan and possibly Pakistan with incorrect places, according to a DOD media report.

Some names did not appear on the maps and others were in the wrong locations. NGA officials found errors in the agency's Geographic Names Data Base, according to a June 30 Armed Forces Press Service report.

NGA officials found the errors last month and started correcting them. The agency did not receive any complaints about the maps from warfighters, the story states.

Gaming to learn

Army officials developed a video game last year to help recruit technology-savvy youths. At the time, it was seen as part of an innovative marketing campaign that combined recruiting and entertainment. Now, the troops who were recruited to the service by a video game can learn through the same medium.

The University of Southern California and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency have joined to develop a role-playing video game to help some troops learn about Arabic language and culture.

The Tactical Language Project will teach warfighters the basics of the Arabic language. Then they are placed in a situation where they must use a headset to communicate with computer-generated villagers. The system, according to the university's Web site, combines artificial intelligence and speech-recognition software to assist the student warfighters.

Funding for the program comes from DARPA and the Office of Naval Research. Early versions of the system were tested last fall at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

The virtual missions center on civil affairs, not combat.

Intercept something? Send it to antenna@fcw.com.

NEXT STORY: FSI hires consulting VP

X
This website uses cookies to enhance user experience and to analyze performance and traffic on our website. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners. Learn More / Do Not Sell My Personal Information
Accept Cookies
X
Cookie Preferences Cookie List

Do Not Sell My Personal Information

When you visit our website, we store cookies on your browser to collect information. The information collected might relate to you, your preferences or your device, and is mostly used to make the site work as you expect it to and to provide a more personalized web experience. However, you can choose not to allow certain types of cookies, which may impact your experience of the site and the services we are able to offer. Click on the different category headings to find out more and change our default settings according to your preference. You cannot opt-out of our First Party Strictly Necessary Cookies as they are deployed in order to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting the cookie banner and remembering your settings, to log into your account, to redirect you when you log out, etc.). For more information about the First and Third Party Cookies used please follow this link.

Allow All Cookies

Manage Consent Preferences

Strictly Necessary Cookies - Always Active

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Sale of Personal Data, Targeting & Social Media Cookies

Under the California Consumer Privacy Act, you have the right to opt-out of the sale of your personal information to third parties. These cookies collect information for analytics and to personalize your experience with targeted ads. You may exercise your right to opt out of the sale of personal information by using this toggle switch. If you opt out we will not be able to offer you personalised ads and will not hand over your personal information to any third parties. Additionally, you may contact our legal department for further clarification about your rights as a California consumer by using this Exercise My Rights link

If you have enabled privacy controls on your browser (such as a plugin), we have to take that as a valid request to opt-out. Therefore we would not be able to track your activity through the web. This may affect our ability to personalize ads according to your preferences.

Targeting cookies may be set through our site by our advertising partners. They may be used by those companies to build a profile of your interests and show you relevant adverts on other sites. They do not store directly personal information, but are based on uniquely identifying your browser and internet device. If you do not allow these cookies, you will experience less targeted advertising.

Social media cookies are set by a range of social media services that we have added to the site to enable you to share our content with your friends and networks. They are capable of tracking your browser across other sites and building up a profile of your interests. This may impact the content and messages you see on other websites you visit. If you do not allow these cookies you may not be able to use or see these sharing tools.

If you want to opt out of all of our lead reports and lists, please submit a privacy request at our Do Not Sell page.

Save Settings
Cookie Preferences Cookie List

Cookie List

A cookie is a small piece of data (text file) that a website – when visited by a user – asks your browser to store on your device in order to remember information about you, such as your language preference or login information. Those cookies are set by us and called first-party cookies. We also use third-party cookies – which are cookies from a domain different than the domain of the website you are visiting – for our advertising and marketing efforts. More specifically, we use cookies and other tracking technologies for the following purposes:

Strictly Necessary Cookies

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Functional Cookies

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Performance Cookies

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Sale of Personal Data

We also use cookies to personalize your experience on our websites, including by determining the most relevant content and advertisements to show you, and to monitor site traffic and performance, so that we may improve our websites and your experience. You may opt out of our use of such cookies (and the associated “sale” of your Personal Information) by using this toggle switch. You will still see some advertising, regardless of your selection. Because we do not track you across different devices, browsers and GEMG properties, your selection will take effect only on this browser, this device and this website.

Social Media Cookies

We also use cookies to personalize your experience on our websites, including by determining the most relevant content and advertisements to show you, and to monitor site traffic and performance, so that we may improve our websites and your experience. You may opt out of our use of such cookies (and the associated “sale” of your Personal Information) by using this toggle switch. You will still see some advertising, regardless of your selection. Because we do not track you across different devices, browsers and GEMG properties, your selection will take effect only on this browser, this device and this website.

Targeting Cookies

We also use cookies to personalize your experience on our websites, including by determining the most relevant content and advertisements to show you, and to monitor site traffic and performance, so that we may improve our websites and your experience. You may opt out of our use of such cookies (and the associated “sale” of your Personal Information) by using this toggle switch. You will still see some advertising, regardless of your selection. Because we do not track you across different devices, browsers and GEMG properties, your selection will take effect only on this browser, this device and this website.