NMCI sets Phase 3 of testing

NMCI sets Phase 3 of testing

The Navy will begin the third phase of testing the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet next month, which should free the service to assume responsibility for more seats and to cut over facilities to the NMCI environment.

The third phase includes testing to see if the portal is secure, reliable, and interoperable with other Defense systems, and whether the service-level agreements are being met.

This follows a month-long debate last summer by the Defense Department, Navy and NMCI lead contractor Electronic Data Systems Corp. on the best way to test the system.

After the third phase is done, the Defense Department will review the findings. If NMCI passes, the Navy will be allowed to add 150,000 more seats.

'The government wanted reliability of service, information assurance, interoperability,' said Tom Swanson, director of operations for the Navy Program Executive Office. Swanson spoke at an NMCI press briefing late last month.

Checkpoints

'There is nothing tangible. There is no hardware or software [development] in NMCI, so no hardware and software testing. We don't tell EDS to buy Dell computers. We don't participate in the design process,' Swanson said.

Still, Swanson said the Office of the Secretary of Defense asked the Navy to incorporate 'several checkpoints' to monitor progress.

EDS has assumed responsibility for operating 46,000 seats. Last month, cutover to NMCI began with about 4,000 seats in California and Maryland.

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