Pentagon gives go-ahead to Grid

The Pentagon has approved the Global Information Grid architecture, a worldwide architecture for providing data to military forces around the world from regional commanders to soldiers on the front lines, the acting Defense Department deputy chief information officer said.

That architecture will provide the first slice of an integrated DOD enterprise information technology architecture, Margaret Myers said Aug. 29 during a breakfast forum sponsored by Federal Sources Inc., McLean, Va.

"This is something that we've never really had before," she said.

The department is coming up with innovative ways to use that architecture. "It should allow DOD to acquire IT faster," she said. "It could have an impact on how we acquire information technology."

Meanwhile, Myers said that the Navy has agreed to test the Navy Marine Corps Intranet, and she discounted all the debate about whether NMCI should be tested like a weapons system.

"The Navy has agreed that it makes sense that it works before they buy," she said following her presentation.

"All this hype about testing as a weapon system — that's all it was, hype. Nobody ever told them they had to test it as a weapon system."

When asked when the Navy will be able to move beyond the so-called strategic pause that lawmakers put in place to make sure NMCI was on track, Myers said, "When they're ready."

Navy officials have said that they have an agreement worked out with the Pentagon, but have not commented on what that agreement is because it has not been formalized. That could come as soon as this week, the officials said.

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Christopher J. Dorobek is the co-anchor of Federal News Radio’s afternoon drive program, The Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris, and the founder, publisher and editor of the, a leading blog for the Federal IT community.

Dorobek joined Federal News Radio in 2008 with 16 years of experience covering government issues with an emphasis on government information technology. Prior to joining Federal News Radio, Dorobek was editor-in-chief of Federal Computer Week, the leading news magazine for government IT decision-makers and the flagship of the 1105 Government Information Group portfolio of publications. As editor-in-chief, Dorobek served as a member of the senior leadership team at 1105 Government Information Group, providing daily editorial direction and management for FCW magazine,, Government Health IT and its other editorial products.

Dorobek joined FCW in 2001 as a senior reporter and assumed increasing responsibilities, becoming managing editor and executive editor before being named editor-in-chief in 2006. Prior to joining FCW, Dorobek was a technology reporter at, one of the first online community centers for current and former government employees. He also spent five years at Government Computer News, another leading industry publication, covering a variety of federal IT-related issues.

Dorobek is a frequent speaker on issues involving the government IT industry, and has appeared as a frequent contributor to NewsChannel 8’s Federal News Today program. He began his career as a reporter at the Foster’s Daily Democrat, a daily newspaper in Dover, N.H. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California. He lives in Washington, DC.


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