* Marine chief? I'm picking up medium-strength rumors that Gen. Charles Krulak the Marine commandant has launched a campaign to win the nomination as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Normally I don't bother with such high-level stuff but I have a real interest in this because the Interceptor and Krulak served with the 2nd Battalion 9th Marines in The Little One. This would make Krulak the first Marine and graduate of Philips Exeter Academy to serve as JCS chairman. One can only hope that Krulak will hire novelist John Irving his Exeter wrestling buddy as PAO it's about time the Pentagon put literary fare into its press releases.

* Force XXI jamming? The Army chief of staff has issued a strongly worded memo directing the digit doggies to realistically jam and hack Force XXI in a division-size exercise this November in compliance with equally strong language from the Senate Armed Services Committee. These mandates continue to meet resistance from the Force XXI honchos. Maybe the Army will address hacking and jamming in its "Army After Next" (after 2005) plans which Tradoc deputy chief Maj. Gen. Robert Scales will explain today at a Pentagon press briefing.

* The 16G answer. Microsoft Federal architectural engineer Patrick Arnold believes my "antenna needs recalibrating " in regard to the salability of NT and Exchange and some Navy frustration with storage limitations. Arnold says NT suffers no such problem adding that the current release of Exchange does have a maximum per-server limitation of 16G for each of the "journalled" storage engines.He did concede that Microsoft has a new product that will fix whatever problems are found in older products with the next release of Exchange able to provide 16G for each of the 1 000 users. Eric Schmidt the new and aggressive chairman of Novell points out this is the usual MS answer adding that only Novell has scalable software installed and running throughout the federal government today - not tomorrow.

* The high pitch. Schmidt who made his first extended visit to Washington last week since taking over as the Novell superboss took some time to do real high-level marketing calling on John Podesta White House deputy chief of staff for policy. Schmidt who developed some high-level Washington contacts during his stint as Sun Micro-systems' chief technology officer intends to follow through at a similar level at DOD - especially with the Navy whose IT-21 architecture standards have so far shut out Novell. Look for Schmidt to soon call on Navy widget boss Vice Adm. Walt Cebrowski.

* Winning whiners? Though Adm. Archie Clemins wanted to limit the size of the Washington gang working on the IT-21 pilot in Oahu Hawaii Navy CIO Marv Langston tapped nine companies as members of the On-Island Technical team. My Crystal City Va. antenna site reports that Langston may have added some of the nine to cease the endless sobbing in the corridor outside his office.


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