Monday, June 11, 2007

Daily Highlights

The Associated Press reports a computer system in Atlanta that processes pilots' flights plans and sends them to air−traffic controllers failed late Thursday or early Friday causing untold flight delays Friday, June 8. (See item 16)
The Times Ledger reports Western Queens residents are concerned about an underground petroleum pipeline that runs through five borough neighborhoods to reach LaGuardia Airport, after another fuel pipeline to Kennedy Airport was targeted by four suspected terrorists. (See item 17)

Information Technology and Telecommunications Sector

34. June 08, Government Computer News — Navy CIO approves open source systems. Open−source software is now an official option for all information technology systems in the Navy and Marine Corps, according to a guidance memo issued June 5 by the Department of the Navy’s Office of the Chief Information Officer. The Open−Source Guidance memo gives open−source platforms the same status as commercial off−the−shelf and government off−the−shelf software products, allowing Navy IT administrators to evaluate open−source code in acquisitions. The department “recognizes the importance of [open−source software] to the warfighter and the need to leverage its benefits throughout the [Department of the Navy],” according to the memo issued by Navy CIO Robert Carey.

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