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American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 1997 – One idea in Defense Secretary William S. Cohen's Defense Reform Initiative has already saved the department money.

Moving to Internet publishing was one aspect recommended in the report, and officials started with the Defense Reform Task Force report. Officials estimate DoD saved more than $340,000 since they issued the report Nov. 10.

The written report was 90 pages long. In hypertext markup language -- html -- the report broke into eight files. In portable document format -- pdf -- the report was one big file.

Those wishing to read the report can download it through DefenseLINK, the official DoD website. During the first week of online publication, the report was downloaded 26,243 times. Through four weeks, it was downloaded 57,046 times.

DoD is still saving money, said Air Force Capt. Jim Knotts, DefenseLINK project manager. The report remains on the Internet, and people are still downloading it.

If you are interested, look at www.defenselink.mil/dodreform.

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