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Edmonds to join Tri-Cor

Air Force Lt. Gen. Al Edmonds director of the Defense Information Systems Agency said he will join Tri-Cor Industries Inc. on June 16 as its president. Edmonds is scheduled to retire from DISA in June.

A Tri-Cor spokeswoman said Tri-Cor - a small disadvantaged-business systems integrator and networking company with about $46 million in sales - has 1 000 employees in offices throughout the country and does extensive business with the federal government including the Defense Department.

Edmonds joined DISA July 29 1994 and spearheaded development of the Defense Information Infrastructure which includes the Defense Information Systems Network and the Global Command and Control System.

DOD has not yet announced a successor for Edmonds as director. Candidates for the job are Army Maj. Gen. David Kelley DISA's deputy director Rear Adm. John Gauss DISA's chief engineer and director of the Joint Interoperability Engineering Organization and Air Force Maj. Gen. Ken Israel director of the Defense Airborne Reconnaissance Office.

DiPentima moves up at SRA

Renny DiPentima has been promoted to president of SRA Federal Systems in a restructuring of SRA International Inc. into commercial and federal divisions.

DiPentima who joined SRA in 1995 after retiring from the Social Security Administration will oversee the company's federal business.

Nixon leaves BTG

Tom Nixon a senior vice president of BTG Inc. last week left his post at the Fairfax Va. reseller and integrator. A BTG spokeswoman said Nixon left to pursue other opportunities.

On May 21 the company announced a fourth-quarter net loss of $481 000 which the company predicted earlier this month. For the fiscal year which ended March 31 BTG had net income of $4.3 million on revenue of $400 million.

In other news BTG said it has agreed to acquire Nations Inc. a former 8(a) company that employs 400 people. The company provides software and communications engineering services for such federal customers as the Army the Marine Corps and the Justice Department.

Paige endorses DMS

The Defense Department next week plans to release a list of the first Defense Message System (DMS) products that have passed conformance and compliance testing according to a message sent departmentwide by Emmett Paige Jr. assistant secretary of Defense for command control communications and intelligence.

Paige who sent the message on his last day as ASD/C3I before returning to private industry gave DMS a ringing endorsement. "There are no suitable alternatives to DMS and I expect it to be successful in every respect. There are no problems with software that will be found that are beyond fixing." The $449.6 million DMS program recently has come under sharp criticism by users in the field.

Paige's message did however signal a move away from the X.400 messaging standard - a move urged by industry and end users. Paige said "Use of a flexible architecture is encouraged. This will allow local domains to take full advantage of X.4900 SMTP and native commercial messaging protocols."

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