IT replacement gear streams into Pentagon

The Defense Department is continuing to assess and rebuild its information technology infrastructure following the Sept. 11 attack on the Pentagon.

DOD officials ordered more than 1,000 proprietary Secured Desktop Gateway communications enclosures for immediate delivery from Holocom Networks. Pentagon officials contacted the company for the hardware to help assure the security of data at temporary desktops in unclassified locations, company officials said.

Meanwhile, the airplane crash and subsequent fire wiped out about 70 percent of the Navy's office space at the Pentagon, including its network control center and some 30 servers that stored the service's budget data, Navy officials said.

The Navy has moved about 1,000 people out of the Pentagon onto five floors of leased space in nearby Crystal City, in Arlington, Va.

The Navy's network control center was back in operation about two days after the crash, said Ron Turner, the Navy's deputy chief information officer —something he called a "major accomplishment."

Much of that work is being done under the Navy Marine Corps Intranet contract.

NMCI's lead vendor, Electronic Data Systems Corp., has delivered gear that includes 860 notebook computers, 335 desktop PCs, 30 servers, cabling, routers and other IT equipment.

About the Author

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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