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DOD unveils data center plan The Defense Information Systems Agency this month announced plans to consolidate its 16 mainframe data-processing centers into just six facilities as recommended last month in the Defense Reform Initiative unveiled by Secretary of Defense William Cohen.

The consolidation will leave Defense megacenters (DMCs) in six locations: Columbus Ohio Mechanicsburg Pa. Ogden Utah Oklahoma City St. Louis and San Antonio. San Antonio will handle processing for all data processing on mainframe-class systems manufactured by Unisys Corp.

The other sites will run IBM Corp. and IBM-compatible mainframes. While these sites will handle centralized processing of Defense Department payroll logistics personnel supply and other functions nine of the remaining DMCs will operate as regional information technology support centers. A DMC in Sacramento Calif. is closing under a 1995 Base Realignment and Closure Commission action.

Report focuses on future risks The latest in a year-long series of high-level reports on reforming DOD reinforced the importance of information systems and information warfare in the development of a next-generation military strategy.

The report "Transforming Defense " issued by the congressionally mandated National Defense Panel warned that in future conflicts "information systems the vital arteries of modern political economic and social infrastructures will undoubtedly be targets" of enemy attack.

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