Netscape and the U.S. Department of Defense today will unveil a Web site aimed at informing individuals and companies about the year 2000 date-field problem.
The site, which will be located on Netscape's Netcenter portal, takes Y2K information from the Pentagon's public Web site and combines it with other material from third parties. The military, which is spending $2.5 billion on various Y2K-related programs, hopes that posting its Y2K information on a Web portal will make it more accessible to people overseas and help avoid problems with critical services such as energy generation and water supply. By drawing attention to those issues now, the U.S. military hopes to avoid disruptions in such public services that might result in the military being called in.
Dealing with the Y2K issue "is the Department of Defense's No. 1 priority," says Bill Curtis, director of the Pentagon's Y2K programs. "We're trying to convince the rest of the world that this is a real issue and they need to be aware of it."
One goal, for example, is to raise awareness among company executives and government officials about general Y2K issues so that they ask vendors about the Y2K compliance of specific products before making purchases.