- By George I. Seffers
- Mar 04, 2001
Internal opposition continues to mount against the $6.9 billion Navy
Marine Corps Intranet. One source at Naval Sea Systems Command, among the
first to receive NMCI, argues that although it was billed as a personal
computer rental/seat management contract, it is really time share hosted
"Time share is a waste. NMCI is [a] fraud. And we are being abused,"
said the source, who has been there and done that. And another knowledgeable
source says the folks who "have been 'NMCI'd'" have seen their information
technology costs go up 150 percent to 200 percent. It appears that NMCI
is becoming a four-letter word in some folks' vocabulary.
The U.S. military is likely to spend $1 billion on the Joint Sim-ulation
System, ac-cording to Air Force Col. Gerard Ve-sho-sky, operations division
chief at the Air Force Agency for Modeling and Simulation. JSIMS is a joint
effort led by the Army's Simulation, Training and Instrumentation Com-mand
(STRICOM) in Orlando, Fla. JSIMS is designed to provide "realistic training
across all phases of military operations for all types of missions," according
to the program's Web site.
Realism will be achieved in part by interacting with systems already
in the field so trainees cannot distinguish between the real systems and
simulations. If it's realistic enough, the sys-tem may help STRICOM eliminate
the 400 positions it carries for actors who are used to conduct live training.
We all know that Orlando needs a few hundred more waiters.
The National Security Agen-cy, the Pentagon's we gotta say it super-secret
spy agency, is leading an effort to write a new computer language known
as Unified Parallel C. An extension of the frequently used C language, it
is designed for massive parallel computers supercomputers that use large
numbers of processors. Such com-puters break down tasks and assign mini-tasks
to each processor so the processors can solve problems faster.
The new language is expected to be at "least as efficient as its counterparts
and much easier to program in," which means applications can be developed
faster and cheaper, according to The Daily Mason Gazette, a newsletter published
by George Mason University, where some of the work is being conducted under
a $250,000 grant.
The Air Force Research Laboratory apparently is searching for a new
chief scientist for its information directorate in Rome, N.Y. L-Tech Associates
recently sent a message to reporters and editors saying it had been hired
to help fill the position and asking for "any referrals of possible candidates"
in their search. The chief scientist "serves as the Air Force scientific
and technical authority for the research, exploratory development and advanced
development activities in the sciences and technologies of information systems
and the transitioning of them into command, control, intelligence and combat
systems," according to the message.
Could somebody please hire this firm when it comes time to replace Art
Money, DOD's chief information officer? Reporters could use the advance
Remember the What?
The Air Force has gone above the call of duty to make President Bush
comfortable on Air Force One, according to Gen. Michael Ryan, Air Force
chief of staff and a fellow Texan. At a recent symposium, Ryan showed a
slide of the new president's plane with longhorns attached and slogans such
as "Go Texas" painted on the side. Considering Bush was preparing for a
trip to Mexico, however, the Air Force wisely decided not to include the
phrase, "Remember the Alamo."
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