Take Another Look at DISN

As longtime fans and faithful readers of FCW, reading the March 18 editorial about the DISN program was, to be kind, shocking.

Not because Federal Computer Week expressed an opinion. It certainly is entitled to one. Not even because we substantively disagree with FCW's opinion. It also was not because the comments were disparaging to AT&T.

Rather, we were shocked and disappointed primarily because the editorial appears to adopt as fact misleading and inaccurate defamatory arguments made by DISA lawyers about AT&T's performance on DCTN in a legal brief as "evidence" in support of FCW's opinion.

FCW did so even though, in just its previous edition's news story on this very same DISA filing, it accurately quoted AT&T as saying that we "did not believe that [the DISA GAO filing] is the official position of the leadership of DISA." Perhaps in a rush to deadline, FCW didn't have the time to carefully parse DISA's comments from its own. In doing so, however, it not only got the facts wrong but also missed the issues AT&T has been trying to raise about DISN.

Regarding AT&T's performance on DCTN, let's be brief and to the point.

AT&T's record is clear. Our performance on DCTN is unparalleled. AT&T's men and women have a long and proud record of service to DOD, including, when necessary, being on the front line with our nation's servicemen and women.

As a subsequent filing by a DISA official representing senior management of DISA stated, "AT&T's performance has been quite satisfactory, in some cases very good, within the context of existing DCTN contract requirements."

As for the DISA folks claiming otherwise, let's hope these less-than-objective folks aren't on any evaluation committees or source-selection boards.

Finally, the editorial's view that AT&T essentially held a gun to DOD's head in DCTN and the Transition Contract negotiations is both preposterous and an insult to all the DISA professionals that have worked so hard to ensure that seamless, reliable warfighter communications will continue to be available during the transition period to DISN.

We know based on history that FCW is better than this.

Harry Carr



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