BRIEFS

incinnati Bell sheds a chunk of its business

Cincinnati Bell Information Systems will sell its CMS Division to Fairfax, Va.-based CommSys Corp. for an undisclosed amount of cash. The CMS Division, which employs 38 in Fairfax, Va., develops software for billing and management of telecommunications networks. CommSys, a newly formed, privately held firm, will use CMS's software to support customers in the long distance resale market.

Short Retires After a Long army Career

Lt. Gen. Alonzo Short announced he will retire from the Army on July 29, after a 33-year military career. Since 1991, Short directed the Defense Information Systems Agency and was manager of the National Communications System. The DISA command will be taken over by Lt. Gen. Albert Edmonds of the Air Force.

LUCAS TEAMS WITH BOMBARDIER FOR NEW EXECUTIVE AIRCRAFT

Lucas Aerospace's international Power Systems business has been selected as a partner by the Bombardier Aerospace Group to supply the complete electrical system for the long-range, high-speed Global Express business jet aircraft.

Lucas has teamed with Leach Corp. of Buena Park, Calif., to provide a system that matches the power and frequency requirements of the aircraft to an automatic system that optimizes the availability of electrical power to all equipment on board. This system will benefit the aircraft operator through higher reliability and reduced operating costs.

DEFENSE CONTRACTORS TRANSFER TECHnology TO CRIME FIGHTING

Some of the latest technologies defense contractors are finding homes for in the nation's crime-fighting arsenal include a "smart police car" developed by Science Applications International Corp., which allows law-enforcement personnel to access essential information and complete necessary paperwork at the scene of an accident or arrest.

A hand-held electronic substance detector developed by Westinghouse can rapidly sniff out trace amounts of cocaine, heroin and gunfire residue; a tracking beacon can tag a vehicle with an electronic device and eliminate high-speed chases. Other crime-fighting technologies include a thick tar-like foam sprayed from a lightweight canister that immobilizes a suspect until police are able to handcuff him and clean off the goo with baby oil. The Department of Energy uses the foam to arm its nuclear weapons storage igloos.


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