NMCI: The Silver Lining
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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The Navy and Marine Corps Intranet NMCI began as an idea by the Secretary of the Navy as a way of improving the IT infrastructure within the Department of the Navy DON. On October 6, 2000, the NMCI contract was awarded to Electronic Data System EDS and, 5 years later, they are still only 75 percent complete with fielding systems. Since the systems inception, it has soured many users across the DON. Users that have been converted to the NMCI from legacy systems have complained of slow service and problems incorporating older software. However, there have been some improvements. The DONs networks are now more secure as a result of consolidating entry points employing security in a timely and efficient way. Under NMCI, the Marine Corps is standardizing hardware and software to facilitate interoperability within the DON and with the other services. Finally, there have been valuable lessons learned from outsourcing NMCI, such as the application of due diligence and the importance of knowing what is required and expected from both parties. NMCI certainly was not welcome by the Marine Corps, but Marines always make the best of what they have available.
- Administration and Management
- Computer Systems
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies