Army to get instant messaging
The U.S. Army will use Bantu Inc.'s Instant Messaging for its Army Knowledge
Online Web portal, which is expected to draw 3 million users by 2003.
Soldiers worldwide use Army Knowledge Online (www.us.army.mil) to access
Army information, news, education and training opportunities, and e-mail.
Through Bantu's Presence Platform, icons will show portal members which
colleagues are online and available to communicate. The Army and Bantu
announced the deal July 30 but declined to disclose the value.
Bantu's contract includes installation of instant messaging and the Presence
Platform in the Army's secure environment, to be accessed by both classified
and unclassified personnel. Bantu will provide the same instant messaging
services within the Army White Pages, a worldwide locator service.
"IM provides Army soldiers and chain-of-command discussion groups with
the ability to securely communicate online and document conversations for
historical reference," said Lt. Col. Roderick Wade, who heads the Army Knowledge
FBI pick pledges IT upgrade
Robert Mueller, President Bush's nominee for FBI director, promised
July 30 to fix the bureau's antiquated technology in his effort to restore
confidence in the organization.
"I believe there is a need to rebuild infrastructure, to upgrade the
information systems and to upgrade the systems and procedures to integrate
modern technology," Mueller said July 30 during confirmation hearings before
the Senate Judiciary Committee.
"Every FBI manager indeed, every agent needs to be computer-literate.
Not a computer programmer, but aware of what computers can and cannot do
to assist them with their jobs," the nominee said.