By David F. Carr  |  Posted 2004-04-04 Print this article Print

The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps hired EDS to build a single, secure network, but unexpected complexities have left the project at sea.

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U.S. Navy Base Case

Navy Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) Office: 2231 Crystal Drive, Suite 400, Arlington, VA 22202

Phone: (703) 685-5510

Business: To provide the computers and networks for the "shoreside" operations of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.

Leaders: NMCI director Rear Admiral Charles Munns; Department of the Navy chief information officer Dave Wennergren.

Project Spending: $758.95 million in NMCI expenses booked in fiscal year 2003, more than $1.5 billion expected this year.

Challenge: Replace fragmented networks and inconsistent computer architecture with a single, secure enterprise network.

Baseline Goals:

  • Originally, to complete conversion by 2001; now aiming for sometime in 2005.
  • Reduce the number of applications on the network from about 100,000 to fewer than 30,000.
  • Make incentive payments to outsourcer when more than 85% of users report a favorable experience.
  • Reduce total cost of ownership for each desktop or laptop computer, from $3,851 to $3,741.

David F. Carr David F. Carr is the Technology Editor for Baseline Magazine, a Ziff Davis publication focused on information technology and its management, with an emphasis on measurable, bottom-line results. He wrote two of Baseline's cover stories focused on the role of technology in disaster recovery, one focused on the response to the tsunami in Indonesia and another on the City of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.David has been the author or co-author of many Baseline Case Dissections on corporate technology successes and failures (such as the role of Kmart's inept supply chain implementation in its decline versus Wal-Mart or the successful use of technology to create new market opportunities for office furniture maker Herman Miller). He has also written about the FAA's halting attempts to modernize air traffic control, and in 2003 he traveled to Sierra Leone and Liberia to report on the role of technology in United Nations peacekeeping.David joined Baseline prior to the launch of the magazine in 2001 and helped define popular elements of the magazine such as Gotcha!, which offers cautionary tales about technology pitfalls and how to avoid them.

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