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$400 million network upgrade for the Pentagon
- From: Sean Donelan
- Date: Mon Aug 12 12:48:42 2002
Before now, I haven't seen any verifiable statements about how the
networking infrastructure in the Pentagon was affected by the attacks
last year. Not to diminish the loss of life, which was tragic, but
networking people might be interested in this.
Building a surviable network in such a small area, relatively speaking the
Pentagon is small, is a much harder problem than diversity on a regional
or even national network.
"Among the problems DOD encountered Sept. 11 was a computing environment
with many points of failure -- applications or databases that, if
removed, could not be recovered and critical network links that, if
down, could not be worked around.
DOD officials have said that the terrorist attacks were a dramatic
wake-up call. The attacks severed one of the Pentagon's main
communications lines and destroyed some Army and Navy servers."