DOD prepping portal for info sharing
- By George I. Seffers
- Oct 24, 2000
The Defense Department is preparing to unveil an Internet portal in November
designed to help the department's chief information officers share information
and improve interoperability among DOD's computer systems.
Paul Brubaker, the Pentagon's deputy CIO, is leading the fledgling project,
known as the Information Knowledge Exchange portal, for the CIO executive
The executive board, which is made up of Defense CIOs and chaired by
Pentagon CIO Art Money, is set to discuss the project at its next meeting,
during the week of Oct. 29. The board then plans to test a prototype at
its following meeting, in November. Once the system is tested and perfected,
it will be made available to CIOs governmentwide.
"The game plan over the next year and a half is to get it out to the
folks in the CIO community," Brubaker said. "We're really excited about
"The prospects of making the organization a heck of a lot more efficient
and effective are really great. The idea is that all the CIOs will have
access to this portal, where we can share our experience and things that
we do related to the federal government," he said.
Despite the Pentagon's efforts in recent years to improve information
sharing and the ability of the military services' and defense agencies'
systems to operate together, good information still isn't always effectively
"For example, we just came back from Hawaii, and not everybody knows
[the Enterprise Software Initiative] exists. That's the kind of information
we want to disseminate," Brubaker said.
ESI is a joint project to identify, acquire, distribute and manage software
that is common across an organization.