Intercepts

Harvey held up

Don't expect the nomination of Francis Harvey as secretary of the Army to go anywhere anytime soon. Previously tapped as DOD's CIO, Harvey appears to have mightily irritated Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Reed posted a statement on his Web site calling it unacceptable that Harvey would not answer questions at an Oct. 6 hearing about increasing active-duty Army personnel by 20,000 to 40,000 soldiers. You can read a transcript of the Reed/Harvey exchange at FCW.com Download's Data Call, www.fcw.com/download.

Harvey should not expect much help from Sen. John Warner (R-Va.), chairman of the Armed Services Committee. The acting secretary of the Army, Les Brownlee, served as staff director of the committee under Warner, and a statement on Reed's Web site says, "Following the hearing, Sen. John Warner, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, agreed with Reed that there was no need to rush the nomination."

Musical chairs

We usually run into Army Maj. Gen. Dave Bryan, who until recently headed Joint Task Force–Global Network Operations, at the must-attend AFCEA International Technet Asia-Pacific Conference, and we did so again this year — but with a key difference. Instead of wearing Army green, Bryan was spotted hanging around the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in civvies and his new veep stripes from Northrop Grumman.

Bryan's newly minted business card says he's Northrop Grumman's vice president of DOD Transformation and Defense Enterprise Solutions. If you want to buy some transformation from Bryan, let us know. We can tell you how to reach him.

Meanwhile, Jim Orefice of Lucent has not gone anywhere, but when we spotted him at the Sheraton Waikiki, we couldn't help noticing his shiny new veep pips. He told us he's now a vice president of defense in the Lucent government markets unit.

Orefice started with AT&T way back in the last century when it was Ma Bell, and he has been a vice president of practically every AT&T spinoff or acquisition — including the company's NCR division — with the possible exception of Bell Labs and Western Electric.

We have Orefice's new phone number, too.

Ask and you shall receive

We reported last week that National Security Agency officials are looking for some high-speed encryption gizmos to handle traffic on the Global Information Grid-Bandwidth Expansion (GIG-BE), and are happy to tell you that Cindy Provin, president of Thales eSecurity, has the solution.

Provin told us over a round of 7-Ups at the Royal Hawaiian beach bar that Thales has a line of bulk encryption devices that are just dandy for GIG-BE.

Thales officials priced the bulk encryption gizmos from $30,000 to $75,000 for digital traffic speeds ranging from OC-3 to OC-48 — and they're available now. Next year, Thales will have an OC-192 encryption widget priced in the $100,000 range.

GIG or DIG?

Hanging around the AFCEA luau at the Royal Hawaiian, we picked up strong signals that Defense Information Systems Agency officials have once again delayed award of the trans-Atlantic and trans- Pacific extensions of GIG-BE, for reasons not even the most practiced DISA tea leaf readers can surmise.

Without these extensions, GIG-BE is hardly global, so maybe it should be renamed DIG-BE for domestic.

Packed in at PACOM

Pacific Command officials dedicated a spanking new headquarters at Camp Smith in Oahu this March. It replaced an aging World War II structure. But the new building houses so many people and is so tight on space that a command general told us the worker bees refer to the new HQ as the cubicle farm.

That's the buzz.

Intercept something? Send it to bbrewin@fcw.com or ftiboni@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