Litton wins pact for Smart Ship systems
The Navy awarded last week a $138.6 million contract to Litton Integrated Systems Corp. to build two Smart Ship systems aboard the CG 47 class of Aegis cruisers. The Engineering Control System Equipment and Integrated Bridge Systems allow Navy personnel to control key ship functions through ruggedized PC workstations that are attached to high-speed networks. IBSs may also be installed aboard the DDG 51 class of destroyers.
Postal Service clips WINGS
The U.S. Postal Service will close its Web Interactive Network of Government Services site because the agency "has completed its test" of the service. WINGS aimed to deliver one-stop access to federal, state and local services via the Internet. USPS conducted a pilot of the service in North Carolina two years ago, but it was never expanded beyond that. However, the 25 WINGS information kiosks in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County will still offer city and county government information and services.
Johnson retires, goes to Federal Sources
Donald Johnson, director of the National Technical Information Service, is retiring from government at the end of this month. Starting June 1, he will be vice president for technology and strategic studies at Federal Sources Inc., McLean, Va. NTIS deputy director Donald Corrigan will be acting NTIS director.
Pentagon names DRI director
The Defense Department last week appointed William P. Houley director of the Defense Reform Initiative. The DRI is Secretary of Defense William Cohen's initiative to streamline DOD. Houley, who spent 35 years in the Navy and worked at Lockheed Martin Corp., will oversee and manage the DRI, serve on the Defense Management Council and serve as Cohen's main adviser on DRI matters, DOD said.