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DOD aims to upgrade simulations

The Defense Department wants to replace its current combat simulation hardware, which has been in use since the late 1970s.

The Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES) has given the armed forces the ability to train in realistic environments with evolving battlefield scenarios.

Although MILES has undergone some significant upgrades along the way, the current version still lacks the technology to adequately re-create a true battlefield scenario.

To that end, DOD's Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation in Orlando, Fla., awarded two $2 million, 13-month contracts to competing teams, one from Science Applications International Corp. and the other from AT&T Government Solutions.

The contract calls for "concept and technology development" to help define emerging technologies and communications systems useful for future combat simulation and live training.

Symantec offers spam protection

Symantec Corp. last week rolled out new e-mail security software that offers advanced protection against junk e-mail, also known as spam.

Symantec AntiVirus for Simple Mail Transfer Protocol Gateways 3.1 provides a number of layers of detection to defend against both unsolicited e-mail and malicious code. The software includes a heuristic anti-spam scanning engine, which tags messages when certain thresholds are reached.

The product also offers third-party, real-time blacklists that name IP addresses known to send out spam.

Administrators also can create white lists with the domain names of customers, partners and other entities with whom users want to communicate.

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