Navy can put 100,000 more seats on NMCI

Defense CIO John Stenbit says the latest tests of NMCI show the program has the stability required to ramp up additional users.

Helene C. Stikkel

Defense Department CIO John Stenbit has signed off on a plan to let the Navy move 100,000 more PCs to the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet environment.

To date, the Navy has moved 51,513 seats to NMCI. The latest approval brings the total cutovers OKed by DOD to 160,000.

Stenbit said the results of a four-month test demonstrated that NMCI could support further systems. Even so, he said, NMCI is not without its flaws.

'While some issues remain, the program is displaying the requisite stability and positive test results to proceed,' he said.

The areas that need work, Navy and EDS officials said, include slower than normal e-mail transmissions between NMCI systems and other computers, a help desk that does not always meet the standards set in the NMCI contract and seat configuration problems stemming from inconsistent network interface card settings.

At a briefing last month, Rear Adm. Charles L. Munns, director of the program, said the transition process is improving because of lessons learned from the early cutovers.

'We're gathering up what we've learned from day to day,' Munns said. 'There are some things that we still need to fix. As we look at the configuration management, about 2 percent were misconfigured.'

Ultimately, the Navy will consolidate 200 networks into a single intranet linking more than 400,000 service users under the seven-year, $8.82 billion project.

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