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Re: $400 million network upgrade for the Pentagon

  • From: Brad Knowles
  • Date: Mon Aug 12 18:33:36 2002

At 12:44 PM -0400 2002/08/12, Sean Donelan wrote:

 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.
Keep in mind that it was DARPA that funded the original research on what we now call the Internet. There are plenty of clueless morons in the building (the one with four sides and a spare), but there are also some exceptionally sharp people.

   "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.
Perhaps true for the unclassified systems. But then they're not really that critical to the real day-to-day operations. Moreover, where the plane struck is not the side where the majority of this kind of networking is done.

I worked there for about five years. I know where a lot of the unclassified networking was done, and I know where a fair amount of the classified processing was done. The classified areas were not in any danger from the airplane attack.

Brad Knowles, <>

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