- By Dan Verton
- Jul 10, 2000
N/MCI Champagne Party
The Navy/Marine Corps Intranet should be viewed as a "transformational
tool" that will enable the deployed Navy to make use of the "power of networking,"
according to Ron Turner, the Navy's deputy chief information officer for
infrastructure, systems and technology.
When the Navy finally manages to award the contract in September, Turner
said, "There will be a large champagne party, and I will personally hold
Turner, who recently spoke to reporters in New York during the International
Naval Review 2000 expo, reiterated that the Defense Information Systems
Agency remains very active in N/MCI planning as the program's long-haul
communications provider. Turner also noted that a DISA augmentation plan
for N/MCI is going through the waiver process and that the networking performance
parameters required under the contract are cutting-edge. "It totally aligns
with what industry is doing and doesn't align at all with what government
has done to date," Turner said.
As far as performance is concerned, N/MCI calls for a 70-millisecond
latency threshold (the average time it takes for a packet of data to get
from one point to another) and a less than 1 percent packet collision rate
(the error rate in reassembling packets of information sent between systems).
"I don't think you're going to see that today in the Defense Information
Systems Network," Turner said.
No to NOAH
Rep. Curt Weldon (R-Pa.), chairman of the House Military Research and
Development Subcommittee, recently told the Interceptor that his proposal
to establish a National Operations and Analysis Hub, a massive data-mining
and intelligence integration center, has encountered stiff resistance from
the Pentagon. NOAH would have been modeled after the Army's Land Information
Warfare Activity, which was the only intelligence organization capable of
providing background material to Weldon on a prominent Serb negotiator during
the crisis in Kosovo. "To me that was an indictment of our system," Weldon
Computer Crime Olympics
Special Agent Jim Christy, law enforcement and counterintelligence coordinator
for the Defensewide Information Assurance Program, submitted a trip report
on a recent DOD-wide computer crime workshop. Team-building was a major
focus of the workshop, which brought information assurance officers, criminal
investigators and lawyers together for the weeklong seminar. A look at the
calendar of events in this grueling athletic competition makes me wonder
how hackers and criminals get away with anything.
n Sneaker-Net Relay: Three team members must carry a diskette to a computer
and copy a file from diskette to designated directory with their team's
name. Then they return the diskette to a teammate. Repeat three times, best
n The 3.5-inch Diskette Relay: Ten diskettes are placed between the
foreheads of two team members. Teams must move from starting line to designated
point and return without dropping diskettes and without touching one another.
If diskettes are dropped, coach and members may pick them up and continue.
Best time wins.
n The JAG Spin-a-rama: A team member bends over, puts his or her forehead
on a bat and spins around 10 times, then walks to the finish line. Timing
starts when the team member starts the first spin. Best time wins.
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