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June 30, 2008


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We know some people with fat wallets, but Army CIO LTG Jeff Sorenson controls a whopping $10 billion of the Army's. We figure he's not blowing his money on candy and records, so we joined 300 others at an INPUT breakfast Thursday morning at the Sheraton Tysons to find out what he's buying.


For the non-military folks those little three stars on Jeff's chest = important. Jeff told the audience the Army is undergoing a massive overhaul of LandWarNet, the Army's internal network, by taking 447 existing networks and consolidating them to about six. "Soldiers want what we all get with our iPhones: the same e-mail address and phone number wherever they go, instead of changing each time they change location." And there's good news for contractors: Jeff says the Army is increasing its enterprise budget in FY09, although 61 percent of it goes to support soldiers in theater.


It's a pair of SAIC SVPs: Rich Bensinger and Tom Trimble. Rich and Tom tell us SAIC is outfitting more than 11,000 MRAPs (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles, but you knew that) with communication systems before they are sent overseas. They're also still beaming about SAIC going public in Oct. '06 (looks to us like the stock is about $3 above its price then—better than we can say for many). Since Rich sees enough flags and fireworks in his daily life, he'll be spending the 4th of July fishing tranquilly on Lake Ontario.


TWD Exec. Dir. of Ops Ron Gibbs and CSC's Glenn Robinson. TWD is a professional services firm in Arlington. Glenn tells us one of CSC's big projects is making visa applications (the kind to get into a country—not the credit card) possible to do online on a secure network. "It will let applicants get their visa approved without leaving home," he says. Glenn will be christening a friend's new boat on the Potomac July 4.


Sygnetics' biz dev VP Ron Dean, General Dynamics Karen Dickman, and Sygnetics' Roy Steed. Based in Grayling, Mich., Sygnetics has a local office in Bowie. It provides human resources for tech organizations, including DoD, Secret Service and HHS. Roy tells us he's too busy for hobbies, but does have an upcoming trip to Michigan. Oh, wait, it's just for training. Sorry.


TAPE's William Jaffe, Barrister Global Network's Sol Grishman with TAPE's John Bowler, Jim Brantley and Tony Mitrione. Sol tells us that Barrister, the oldest woman-owned IT services business in the country, is relocating to the D.C. area after its Hammond, Louisiana offices were damaged in Hurricane Katrina. Sol loves to sail, but he lost his boat in the hurricane. He does have a jet ski he wants to get running. McLean-based TAPE manages network information systems and acquisitions, but all the guys in front of you will soon be in Las Vegas for "teamwork training." Yeah, right.

One CIO is never enough, so come back tomorrow for a profile on Health and Human Services CIO Michael Carleton. Send story ideas to david@bisnow.com or 703-674-7718.

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