February 13, 2006
Welcome to The Contractor's Outpost.
I want to thank you for taking an interest in this site. I know that it will
be worth your time.
This site is a clearinghouse of information dedicated to all
personnel who work software development contracts for the defense
industries. In time, this site will present readers with
information relevant to all phases of software development. I
hope to present code and information of my own as well as material
supplied by others in our field. If you would like to make
a contribution to this site, you will find links to do so at the
bottom of the appropriate pages.
The the left, you will see a
variety of links. The site has five major departments:
- Development -- This department presents information and resources
of particular interest to those performing the actual software
development. Whether you are performing design, or coding -- or even
if you are working requirements definition, you will find something
interesting in these pages.
- Test, QA & Safety-- In this department I present resources of
particular interest to software test personnel and software quality
assurance teams. You will also find information here relating to
software safety and reliability.
- The Biz -- This department provides information and resources for
those seeking business with any branch/organization of the Department of
Defense. You will find information regarding contacts, procurement
policies and procedures and more.
- Information Security
-- This department is a portal to some of the best sources for those
concerned with information security. Here you will find exhaustive
resources on current and past viruses, anti-virus software, software
vulnerabilities and more. Tips and techniques for securing your
- Joint Resources -- This department is a portal to information and
resources that members of all project departments will find useful. Within
this department, you will find information relating to real-time and
embedded systems, safety-critical systems, high-performance computing (HPC),
processes, configuration management, metrics and more. You will
also find resources relating to information security and virus protection in
In addition to the major departments, you will find other resources and areas
of interest through the navigation bar on the left:
- Systems -- Here
you will find resources relating to Safety-Critical Systems and Trusted
Systems among others.
- Weapons 101 -- Details on weapons, weapon systems, munitions,
military concepts and more.
- DoD Links -- This department presents official links to Department
of Defense websites. However, for those sites concerned with
performing business with the Department of Defense, you would need to look
in The Biz department. Go to DoD Links!
- Media -- Often, when preparing presentations, proposals or other
documentation, you need pictures and clip-art of a wide variety of military
hardware. This department presents resources to help you in this area.
Resources -- Resources for the top office applications, free viewers
for Microsoft®, Corel, AutoCAD and CALS Raster images and Windows drivers
But it doesn't stop there. I also provide an assortment of news sources and current news headlines:
- Defense News --
This department will provide links to many
outside defense news sources so that you can keep abreast of news from the defense
community. You will find links provided for official DoD news sources
and commercial and non-profit sources. This page also includes current military news headlines
browser to read the headlines but all other material will be available.
- Tech & World News --
Here you will find links to some of the best technology news sources
available on the web. You will also find a list of links to some of the
better "all-purpose" news sources around the world so that you can stay on top of world
events as they happen. These links are provided in no particular order
and are not to be interpreted as an endorsement of any specific
political or military belief. They are provided so that we all can be
better informed about this world in which we live.
A senior level engineer or group lead will likely use all the departments of
this site with the exception of The Biz which is dedicated to getting
work with the DoD. Senior management will likely find all departments
useful. That is -- I hope -- the beauty of this site. A
one-stop-shop for defense software contractors.
You will find a Site Search Engine on the navigation bar to your
that allows you to perform any search of the page contents on this
website. I have also provided numerous targeted search engines accessible
through the Targeted Web Search link on the
navigation bar. A targeted search engine is one that is designed to search
specific knowledge areas or internet domains. These allow you to search
the web without having to sort through thousands of useless junk that has
absolutely nothing to do with what you are trying to find.
The Contractor's Outpost also features the Contractor's
Desk Reference or CDR. This is your personal set of desktop
reference books. Dictionaries, acronym lists, standards, handbooks, field
manuals and more may be found here. You will also find business
references, modeling and simulation references, units of measure, physical
constants and more!
The Contractor's Outpost also offers a free newsletter that you can
join to be notified of changes in the content of this site or in the status of
No other site on the web brings together the resources
that you need no matter what role you play on a DoD or government software
development project. So browse around and let me know what you
I am a Software Consultant and not a web designer. This
site is not my job but a passionate interest. With the help of
my readers, I hope to bring information that will help us in our
professional endeavors. I can't understate this, I want the
readers to feel free to contribute to this site. It can only help
all of us to share our knowledge and experiences.
hope that you will find this site useful and return again often.
Who knows what the future may hold. But for now, let's give it a
Software Consultant/Systems Engineer
To contact the webmaster of this site, please see the
contact link at the top of the page.
About the Design of This Site
When I designed this site, my goal was to make it a useful tool.
Something that project personnel would want to use frequently in their daily
activities. As a prerequisite to this goal, the pages had to download
relatively quickly. This meant that I would not be using lots of large,
bandwidth-hogging, high-resolution images.
Also, in many instances,
government/DoD project personnel work on isolated, secure LANs. To access
the web, they may have older systems (that nobody wants anymore) to access the
"triple-Dub" (that's the World Wide Web). This means older
operating systems, older browsers and older, slower modems often are still used, especially on military
sites. So I had to avoid many of the nice new features that techniques
such as cascading style sheets (CSS) and Dynamic HTML (DHTML) can provide.
The result is what you see before you. Simple and effective design.
Many of you may be reading this site from a corporate
network that utilizes a proxy server. This may result in an old page
being displayed from time-to-time when you visit this site because a proxy
typically places visited pages in a cache and servers those up to you when
you access that URL. If you wish to be sure that you are viewing the
latest version of a page you should use the "refresh" button on
This site features a full site search engine to your
left. It searches the entire content of every page so you find
exactly what you want!
Search the web without sorting through garbage
with my Targeted Web Search page!