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Re: $400 million network upgrade for the Pentagon
- From: Brad Knowles
- Date: Tue Aug 13 17:51:09 2002
At 6:21 PM -0500 2002/08/12, gg wrote:
The Department of Defense does posses allot of "network disorganization"
mostly on the NIPERNET side.
You mean NIPRnet, right?
I was the DISA.MIL Technical POC until I left in 1995, and I am
the guy who convinced the SIPRnet and NIPRnet administrators to go
with DNS for doing hostname resolution (instead of HOSTS.TXT files),
as well as using real IP address space issued by ARIN, instead of
just randomly fabricating some network space (in the event that the
networks were ever connected to the live Internet, some point in the
distant future). I'm also the guy who turned back to ARIN a few
Class A, B, and a number of Class C network ranges that we were no
Allot of the NIPERNET "unclassified" network is just plain unruly at
it's best (I left the military in 2000, so maybe things have changed).
shop with their ADP or IT staff can practically get a server up and running,
build intranets, databases, etc. without practically anyone raising an
eyebrow, this is at the command level.
True enough. But then these aren't mission-critical systems like
WWMCCS or GCCS.
Allot of these systems are non-redundant, and pose single points of
failures, etc, but again this is at the command level.
After moving along the ranks, from a lowly seaman recruit running AUI,
cat V, and fiber cabling on an aircraft carrier, to a Third Class Petty
Officer stationed at The Unified Atlantic Region Network Operations Center
in Norfolk, VA. I learned that this is not the case for Mission Critical
systems, or for the SIPERNET "classified network".
The Pentagon has windows. It also has an ancient system of air
pipes aimed at all of the windows, where at a central location they
play a radio or otherwise generate sound waves that are then
distributed via the air pipes, thus preventing anyone from aiming a
laser at the window and being able to bug the office.
As Brad also stated the same.
All I can say is this, and any ex-RM can say the same (Well RM's are
extint now they are IT), I never worked in a building that had any windows,
and that could not stand a very good shaking, that is, if it wasnt
underground in the first place.
Of course, if you're not a flag officer (or equivalent), or you
don't work for a flag officer (or equivalent), you won't get any
windows. Myself, I worked in the basement, and I walked over a mile
each way to go from where I got off the metro, past the concourse
between corridors 1 & 10, down to my office on the mezzanine level,
on the F ring, between corridors 6 & 7.
Brad Knowles, <firstname.lastname@example.org>
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
-Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania.
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