Clemins says a global intranet will help DOD achieve systems goals




HONOLULU—The De-fense Department next year should develop a global intranet to
ensure the success of initiatives such as electronic commerce and paperless contracting,
Adm. Archie Clemins urged this month.


“You hear all these people talking about how we’re going to electronic
commerce, electronic budgeting and an electronic assignment policy,” the Pacific
Fleet commander said this month at the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics
Association’s TechNet Asia-Pacific ’98 conference.


“But we can’t do any of that stuff if we don’t have a corporate intranet
connected to every building, every base, every ship and every squadron,” he said.


Only by implementing a departmentwide intranet can DOD realize its vision of a
knowledge-centric environment, said Clem-ins, the architect of the Navy’s Information
Technology for the 21st Century initiative.


Time is of the essence, he said, given the number of near-term Defense initiatives that
must rely on such a network capability—all the more reason for DOD to deploy an
enterprisewide intranet before 2000.


“If somebody wanted to make a difference in DOD, they’d say we ought to put
in a corporate intranet and we’re going to do it in one year,” Clemins said.
“I think we would save the amount of money that it would take to put it in in just
one year.”


Although Clemins did not offer any specifics on the estimated costs of such a project
or how DOD might implement an intranet on such a grand scale, he said that current
commercial information technology is up to the challenge.


“Joint Vision 2010 is based on 1998 technology, not 2010 technology,” Clemins
said, referring to DOD’s long-term strategy. “So, why are we waiting for
2010?”


Clemins said he has already discussed his ideas about a departmentwide intranet with
senior Navy officials. 

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