Intercepts

Internal opposition continues to mount against the $6.9 billion Navy Marine Corps Intranet

NMCI Mutterings

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 on servers.

"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.

Simulated Unemployment

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.

Supercomputing Lingo

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.

Jobs-R-Us

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 notice.

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."

Intercept something? Send it to antenna@fcw.com.

X
This website uses cookies to enhance user experience and to analyze performance and traffic on our website. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners. Learn More / Do Not Sell My Personal Information
Accept Cookies
X
Cookie Preferences Cookie List

Do Not Sell My Personal Information

When you visit our website, we store cookies on your browser to collect information. The information collected might relate to you, your preferences or your device, and is mostly used to make the site work as you expect it to and to provide a more personalized web experience. However, you can choose not to allow certain types of cookies, which may impact your experience of the site and the services we are able to offer. Click on the different category headings to find out more and change our default settings according to your preference. You cannot opt-out of our First Party Strictly Necessary Cookies as they are deployed in order to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting the cookie banner and remembering your settings, to log into your account, to redirect you when you log out, etc.). For more information about the First and Third Party Cookies used please follow this link.

Allow All Cookies

Manage Consent Preferences

Strictly Necessary Cookies - Always Active

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Sale of Personal Data, Targeting & Social Media Cookies

Under the California Consumer Privacy Act, you have the right to opt-out of the sale of your personal information to third parties. These cookies collect information for analytics and to personalize your experience with targeted ads. You may exercise your right to opt out of the sale of personal information by using this toggle switch. If you opt out we will not be able to offer you personalised ads and will not hand over your personal information to any third parties. Additionally, you may contact our legal department for further clarification about your rights as a California consumer by using this Exercise My Rights link

If you have enabled privacy controls on your browser (such as a plugin), we have to take that as a valid request to opt-out. Therefore we would not be able to track your activity through the web. This may affect our ability to personalize ads according to your preferences.

Targeting cookies may be set through our site by our advertising partners. They may be used by those companies to build a profile of your interests and show you relevant adverts on other sites. They do not store directly personal information, but are based on uniquely identifying your browser and internet device. If you do not allow these cookies, you will experience less targeted advertising.

Social media cookies are set by a range of social media services that we have added to the site to enable you to share our content with your friends and networks. They are capable of tracking your browser across other sites and building up a profile of your interests. This may impact the content and messages you see on other websites you visit. If you do not allow these cookies you may not be able to use or see these sharing tools.

If you want to opt out of all of our lead reports and lists, please submit a privacy request at our Do Not Sell page.

Save Settings
Cookie Preferences Cookie List

Cookie List

A cookie is a small piece of data (text file) that a website – when visited by a user – asks your browser to store on your device in order to remember information about you, such as your language preference or login information. Those cookies are set by us and called first-party cookies. We also use third-party cookies – which are cookies from a domain different than the domain of the website you are visiting – for our advertising and marketing efforts. More specifically, we use cookies and other tracking technologies for the following purposes:

Strictly Necessary Cookies

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Functional Cookies

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Performance Cookies

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Sale of Personal Data

We also use cookies to personalize your experience on our websites, including by determining the most relevant content and advertisements to show you, and to monitor site traffic and performance, so that we may improve our websites and your experience. You may opt out of our use of such cookies (and the associated “sale” of your Personal Information) by using this toggle switch. You will still see some advertising, regardless of your selection. Because we do not track you across different devices, browsers and GEMG properties, your selection will take effect only on this browser, this device and this website.

Social Media Cookies

We also use cookies to personalize your experience on our websites, including by determining the most relevant content and advertisements to show you, and to monitor site traffic and performance, so that we may improve our websites and your experience. You may opt out of our use of such cookies (and the associated “sale” of your Personal Information) by using this toggle switch. You will still see some advertising, regardless of your selection. Because we do not track you across different devices, browsers and GEMG properties, your selection will take effect only on this browser, this device and this website.

Targeting Cookies

We also use cookies to personalize your experience on our websites, including by determining the most relevant content and advertisements to show you, and to monitor site traffic and performance, so that we may improve our websites and your experience. You may opt out of our use of such cookies (and the associated “sale” of your Personal Information) by using this toggle switch. You will still see some advertising, regardless of your selection. Because we do not track you across different devices, browsers and GEMG properties, your selection will take effect only on this browser, this device and this website.