Intercepts

NSIPS, DIMHRS Delays; NSA's Hiring Spree; Three-Star Reviews; Hughes Helps Morale; ABCs of ABCS; Iraq Crossing Globally

NSIPS, DIMHRS Delays

The Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System (NSIPS) contract was to be awarded in June. But it was pushed to late July. Then officials in the service's Program Executive Office for Information Technology said it would be awarded in August.

Now that deadline has passed.

Bidders hope the contract award will come by the end of fiscal 2003, which is Sept. 30. Industry officials said NSIPS' lengthy approval process and the difficulty in convening various approval boards in the summer slowed it down.

The system will consolidate numerous older human resource systems to a Web-based architecture before the service switches to the Defense Integrated Military Human Resources System. DIMHRS will be the HR system for all military personnel, but one of its contracts is delayed, too.

DIMHRS' integration contract was to be awarded this summer. PeopleSoft Inc. received its system software contract two years ago.

NSA's Hiring Spree

The National Security Agency is not only hiring its third senior acquisition executive in three years. The ultra-secretive intelligence agency wants to hire 1,600 people in 2004, said NSA's director, Air Force Lt. Gen. Michael Hayden.

NSA has received 87,500 resumes since Sept. 11, 2001, Hayden said. The agency hired 600 new people in 2001, 800 in 2002 and should hire 1,150 this year, he said.

The new employees re-invigorated the 53-year-old intelligence agency, which makes and breaks codes for the government. NSA workers' average age in 1999, when Hayden started working there, was 43.5. Today, 50 percent of the agency's workforce has less than three years' experience.

Three-Star Reviews

IT and communications systems' improvements were among the capabilities Air Force three-star generals discussed when they met Aug. 27 to determine what the service needs to make it a more responsive, warfighting organization.

The Capability Review and Risk Assessment process examines everything in the Air Force. Reviewers then will recommend what management changes or systems are needed to better perform the service's mission, said Col. Mike Basla, the Air Mobility Command's chief information officer.

Hughes Helps Morale

Hughes Network Systems Inc. has sold its equipment and services just above cost to the U.S. military so troops in Iraq can talk or receive e-mail using the Internet, industry officials said.

The Germantown, Md., company, which lets users access data and voice networks via satellite technology, reached a deal with the Defense Department in late April and has provided more than 500 units to date, company officials said.

"There are some morale issues," said Michael Pollack, Hughes' marketing director. "We are in an era of the Internet and cell phones. We wanted to offer our services at a very low price so tens of thousands of troops can be connected in Iraq."

ABCs of ABCS

The Army Battle Command System (ABCS) saved lives during the major combat phase in Iraq. Ground friendly fire deaths totaled 55 in Operation Desert Storm but only two in Operation Iraqi Freedom because of coalition forces' ability to digitally track themselves using computers on the battlefield.

But that does not mean ABCS was easy to use or rugged enough for Iraq. Troops reported "user-friendliness and durability issues," an Army official said.

Raytheon Co. and Northrop Grumman Corp. touted their ABCS products the week of July 15 in Washington, D.C. Raytheon's Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System (AFATDS) and Northrop Grumman's Force XXI Battle Command Brigade-and-Below (FBCB2) system had many successes, but there were shortcomings, too.

The systems' lessons-learned documents offered 103 recommendations for improving field artillery and blue force — tracking systems — 88 for FBCB2 and 15 for AFATDS.

ABCS is a nine-year, $20 billion initiative to integrate 11 Army command and control systems, enabling troops to access warfighting information so they know where they are, where their buddies are and where their enemies are on the battlefield.

Iraq Crossing Globally

When President Bush signed a free trade agreement between the United States and Singapore Sept. 3, he paved the way for Singapore Technologies Pte. Ltd. to finally acquire Global Crossing, industry officials said.

The Asian defense manufacturer likely will buy the troubled telecommunications provider by the end of the month. It also may be in time for Global Crossing to receive one of three contracts for Iraq's new telecom infrastructure, officials said.

Three regional contracts also will be awarded by the end of the month to ensure that the entire country gets coverage, Linton Lewis II, principal deputy to DOD chief information officer John Stenbit, said Aug. 1.

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

NEXT STORY: Iraq shows IT work needed

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.