Intercepts

Harvey, Justice, Gmail and Individual Ready Reserves.

Harvey out of limbo?

Francis Harvey may soon become the Defense Department's chief information officer.

DOD and congressional leaders reached a deal to remove the hold on his nomination, according to an official in the department's CIO office.

The Bush administration nominated Harvey to replace John Stenbit last November. The former Westinghouse Electric Corp. and Carlyle Group LLC executive testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee in January, and the committee approved his nomination in February.

But Harvey and nine other DOD nominations were delayed by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who tried to get the department and the Air Force to release documents related to the multibillion-dollar aircraft tanker deal with Boeing Co.

With movement on Harvey's nomination, what about the other nine?

Justice served

Army Col. Nick Justice will be promoted to one-star general and help manage the service's warfighting information technology program office, according to service and industry officials.

Justice managed the installation and training of the Blue Force Tracking system for U.S. and coalition forces before last year's invasion of Iraq. He confirmed the job change but not the promotion to brigadier general. However, industry officials did.

Army officials decided last month to streamline acquisition management by naming one leader for the Communications-Electronics Command and the Program Executive Office-Command, Control and Communications Tactical. With two jobs, Maj. Gen. Mike Mazzucchi requested that Justice be sent to help him out.

Gmail for GIs

Google didn't become one of the top Internet companies in the world by resting on its laurels. Now, officials at the latest darling of Wall Street aren't letting the $2.7 billion initial public offering go to their heads.

They recently announced the impending launch of Gmail, an e-mail service that includes up to 1G of free storage space. Although the system is still in its testing phase, advocates of the Google system are petitioning service members in Iraq and Afghanistan to be early guinea pigs.

Sites such as gmailfortroops.com and gmailforthetroops.com have recently sprung up offering the service to soldiers in combat zones, whose only method of communication with people at home is e-mail.

Many traditional e-mail programs have limitations on the number of stored messages and the size of attachments. The father of a newborn might be forced to delete digital photos of his new child to make room for the next batch of family photos.

Gmail's 1G of storage capacity is more than most other services, alleviating this potential problem.

Google officials are still working out the kinks of a massively searchable e-mail database, but we encourage any efforts being made to provide the best services to our troops overseas.

Back in my day ...

DOD officials announced last week they would activate as many as 5,600 of their Individual Ready Reserve troops for the Army beginning this week. IRRs are soldiers who have finished the active-duty portion of an enlistment but still have obligated service time.

Most soldiers sign an eight-year obligation when they enlist but are only required to serve four. For the remainder of the time, they are the country's on-call Army. So now, for the first time in more than a dozen years, the Army is tapping its reserves to fill out needed positions such as automated logistical specialists, administrative assistants, combat engineers, cable system installers and maintenance specialists.

Fortunately, Army officials have said the service will "not deploy any soldier who is not trained and not ready."

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

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.