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OAO wins lion's share of ODIN

NASA this month awarded OAO Corp. the largest portion of the massive Outsourcing Desktop Initiative for NASA (ODIN), one of the first large federal initiatives that allows agencies to privatize the desktop environment.

The contract, which initially will be worth $154 million, covers 25,000 seats at four NASA centers. ODIN is expected to generate $4 billion to $13 billion in business over its 10-year lifetime.

OAO's three-year contract, which will expire in November 2001, will cover four firm, fixed-price delivery orders— one for each of the following: Kennedy Space Center, Johnson Space Center, Marshall Space Flight Center and Stennis Space Center. These four centers, known internally as the Office of Space Flight, or Code M, make up 60 percent of all NASA's seats.

Other companies bidding for Code M included Boeing Information Services Inc., Computer Sciences Corp., DynCorp, FDC Technologies Inc. and Wang Government Services.


Raytheon snags $218 million pact

The Space and Naval Warfare Center this month tagged Raytheon Systems Co. for a $218 million technical support services contract covering the Navy's military and commercial communications systems.

Under a five-year contract, Raytheon will provide engineering, fabrication, integration and installation support services designed to help modernize the Navy's fleet communications systems. Additional support services include engineering design, technical evaluations, laboratory support, commercial off-the-shelf equipment acquisition and logistics support.


Football hero scores PCs for kids

Darrell Green's superstar status as a Washington Redskins cornerback does not count for much when he sits down at his computer, where he says he feels "challenged."

But for the Washington, D.C., children who participate in the Darrell Green Youth Life Foundation, Green sees opportunity in computers, and he doesn't want the kids to be left out.

Last week Green accepted 10 donated PCs as well as software and peripherals from Computer Sciences Corp.'s federal sector headquarters in Falls Church, Va. Green said the equipment would be used in the computer lab and possibly in the homes of the estimated 40 children who are served by the foundation.

Michael W. Laphen, president of CSC's civil group, said the donations are the beginning of a partnership that will involve more technology gifts and upgrades to the 10 PCs, which are equipped with 486 processors and Microsoft Corp. Windows 95 software.


Netscape announces foundation for new client products

Netscape Communications Corp. last week unveiled its next-generation technology that will form the foundation for its future client products.

At the core of the technology, code-named NGT, is a new browser engine designed to allow the deployment of a single standards-based user interface that works across multiple computing platforms.

The layout engine is the brain inside a World Wide Web browser that interprets data from Internet sites and displays the content on a user's screen. NGT's new layout engine will enable development of faster and smaller browser products, company officials said.


NSA cryptographer at Cylink helm

A former National Security Agency deputy director is taking over the reins of Cylink Corp. following a management shakeup and reports that the company may have overstated its revenue earlier this year.

Cylink last week named William Crowell, deputy director and lead cryptographer of NSA until he retired in January, as president and acting chief executive officer. Crowell, who was formerly vice president of product management and strategy at the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based security firm, replaces Fernand Sarrat, who resigned last week as president and CEO and as a member of the company's board of directors.

Other management changes announced include the resignation of the company's vice president of sales and marketing and the departure of its chief financial officer.

Preliminary reviews of Cylink's finances indicated that revenue reported in the first and second quarters of 1998 was overstated by about $5 million and $6.7 million, respectively, which would result in restated revenue of $10.8 million for the quarter ended March 29 and $11.3 million for the quarter ended June 28. Federal government sales make up about 25 percent of Cylink's revenue.

-- Compiled by Diane Frank, Heather Harreld, Colleen O'HARA, Daniel Verton and Elana Varon. For more Industry Watch briefs, please see


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