Intercepts

A year late

The Defense Department will hold its annual computer war game this week. The best military and think tank minds are gathering at the Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Pa., to continue last year's simulated exercise against a mountainous, oil-and-gas-rich Middle Eastern country and an archipelagic nation in the Pacific Rim.

Unified Quest 2004 will include a scenario in which U.S. forces quickly switch from warfighting to peacekeeping operations while confronting insurgents, an exercise that has never been done in previous games.

Real-world experience, it would seem, should help this year.

IT proposals

Air Force officials want to hire a lead systems integrator to manage the increasing number of hardware, software and systems in Air and Space Operations Centers, where commanders plan and execute bombing, cargo, fighter, reconnaissance and refueling missions. Army leaders also want an integrator to operate the Army Knowledge Online (AKO) Web portal.

The service administers the portal for 1.6 million users via several contracts. Officials want to consolidate AKO's information technology services with one vendor, said Vernon Bettencourt, the new deputy chief information officer in the Army's Office of the CIO.

Army leaders plan to issue the solicitation June 15. Vendors must submit proposals by Aug. 1, and a winner will be chosen later this year.

Gen. George Casey, Army vice chief of staff — the service's second-highest officer — told office employees to devise a plan to make better use of the Web portal, such as providing more employee services. The Army already updated it once, creating a classified version of AKO with 66,000 users, Bettencourt said.

Logistical honors

Last month, officials from the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics and the military software publication "CrossTalk" recognized the Defense Medical Logistics Standards Support program as a quality software initiative.

They honored the performance, customer and technology value, and user satisfaction of the program, which automates new medical logistics business practices and provides equipment, facility and materiel management.

Another Air Force council

Last summer, Air Force officials instituted the IT Commodity Council to improve hardware and software acquisition and maintenance. Apparently it has been so successful that it has become something of a model. The service formed another council this spring to improve combat and mission support.

The new Services Management Council facilitates talks about improving the Air Force's acquisition and management of services to enhance policy and training. The council held its first meeting April 16.

Nets a failure in Iraq?

Network-centric warfare does not help U.S. troops in guerilla-style combat, according to officials at the Army War College.

"Net-centric warfare does not work in counterinsurgency," according to a document of key points from the college's 15th Annual Strategy Conference held last month in Carlisle Barracks. "Today the focus of all four services is on land. The enemy can use our networked awareness to make us deceive ourselves. Many low-tech opponents present no key nodes to attack."

More BFT?

Gen. Larry Ellis, commanding general of Army Forces Command, wrote in a March 30 memo to Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Schoomaker that he recommends accelerating production of the Stryker infantry carrier vehicle because "the up-armored High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle is not providing the solution the Army hoped to achieved."

That means more Blue Force Tracking communications systems. Stay tuned.

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

The Fed 100

Save the date for 28th annual Federal 100 Awards Gala.

Featured

  • computer network

    How Einstein changes the way government does business

    The Department of Commerce is revising its confidentiality agreement for statistical data survey respondents to reflect the fact that the Department of Homeland Security could see some of that data if it is captured by the Einstein system.

  • Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. Army photo by Monica King. Jan. 26, 2017.

    Mattis mulls consolidation in IT, cyber

    In a Feb. 17 memo, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told senior leadership to establish teams to look for duplication across the armed services in business operations, including in IT and cybersecurity.

  • Image from Shutterstock.com

    DHS vague on rules for election aid, say states

    State election officials had more questions than answers after a Department of Homeland Security presentation on the designation of election systems as critical U.S. infrastructure.

  • Org Chart Stock Art - Shutterstock

    How the hiring freeze targets millennials

    The government desperately needs younger talent to replace an aging workforce, and experts say that a freeze on hiring doesn't help.

  • Shutterstock image: healthcare digital interface.

    VA moves ahead with homegrown scheduling IT

    The Department of Veterans Affairs will test an internally developed scheduling module at primary care sites nationwide to see if it's ready to service the entire agency.

  • Shutterstock images (honglouwawa & 0beron): Bitcoin image overlay replaced with a dollar sign on a hardware circuit.

    MGT Act poised for a comeback

    After missing in the last Congress, drafters of a bill to encourage cloud adoption are looking for a new plan.

Reader comments

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above

More from 1105 Public Sector Media Group