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MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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In October 2000, garrison data network management was transformed due to the Marine Corps transition to the Navy and Marine Corps Intranet NMCI. In December of 1999, the Navy and Marine Corps solicited proposals from the civilian sector for a contractor to be able to provide secure, universal, and interoperable network-based services to the Navy and Marine Corps. This organization would be key to helping the Navy and Marine Corps transition to the NMCI. The solicitation period ended in February of 2000, and the subsequent contract was awarded on 6 October 2000 to Electronic Data Systems EDS. The awarding of this contract to EDS marked the expiration of the days when the G6S6 maintained all the necessary rights and privileges to manage garrison and deployed data system networks with their teamssections of enlisted Marines. The transition to NMCI was a good idea on paper, but was not a good move for the Marine Corps. The transition to the NMCI impedes the ability of the G6S6 to provide responsive and flexible data network services to users, causes the data system Marines to be underutilized, and decreases the knowledge base of data system Marines with the Corps.
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