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  • pickexpert pickexpert Sep 28, 2002 4:17 PM Flag

    BW story Homeland Defense/IT

    Since I said I'd put this up, and it relates to INFA quite directly, per INFA recent news, I'll do that.

    I'm not going to bother posting anymore, even if I run into anything on INFA itself, as the venue is now essentially toxic.

    Any poster who outs anyone else, particularly with no forewarning, is despicable, and if "the ends justify the means", and we measure things by the results alone, disregarding the ethics of the methods used to get them, we can just give up as a civilization. Anyone who celebrates such as action is as guilty as the perpetrator. That's the guiding principle that begot us Enron and Worldcom.

    I'd particularly like to express my appreciation to those with whom I've had excellent discussions, particularly TXWeasel and another poster several months ago, in one of the best series of posts I've read in terms of useful content.

    This is the link to the entire BW story:

    http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/02_37/b3799608.htm

    I'll add a few relevant highlights in a second post, and then back to my customer work. My e-mail remains on, and I've heard directly from several folks.

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    • From the aforementioned BW story:

      "...Now, however, after a year of halting progress, the money is starting to flow more freely as the bureaucracy appears to be shifting into gear. With Congress expected to establish the Homeland Security Dept. in October and approve the Bush Administration's $38 billion request for anti-terrorism funding, companies with ideas and products are getting in line. And that's just federal spending. Total expenditures on homeland security by federal, state, and local governments, as well as the private sector, could range from $98 billion to $138 billion for 2003, according to a survey conducted in June by Deloitte Consulting Inc. for Aviation Week & Space Technology...".

      "...Still, tech titans such as IBM, EDS, and Oracle, have hardly been shut out. In the most recent quarter, IBM said government business was its strongest sector, and HP saw double-digit growth in federal government markets. So far, many of the contracts remain tiny. On Aug. 21, Big Blue won a $20 million contract to build an instant-messaging network to assist 40 police, fire, and safety agencies around Washington, D.C., communicate and respond to an attack. Ultimately, such traditional tech bigwigs are unlikely to reap huge gains because government revenues, which typically account for 10% of sales, can't really boost the bottom line..."

      (the kicker)

      "...Clearly, much work remains to be done--including at the proposed Homeland Security Dept. itself. Just ask Steven I. Cooper, who on September 11 was running tech operations at Corning Inc. The 52-year-old former U.S. Navy pilot applied for and won the post of chief information officer at Homeland Security. Since March, Cooper has begun the huge task of overhauling all the computer systems that will be part of the new agency. His focus: crafting a plan to link thousands of disparate government computer systems, and finding ways to tie the feds with state and local governments and the private sector. "Our objective is to make sure the right people have the right information all of the time," he says..."

 
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