Navy steams to the Web

Navy steams to the Web

By Dawn S. Onley

GCN Staff


APRIL 30'The Navy is well into Web-enabling all of its business applications, Rear Adm. Kenneth Slaght told the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association's Jointable Technology Symposium in San Diego last week.

Slaght said a Navy task force established in December will recommend architecture and programmatic changes to make thousands of applications accessible via a Web interface. The task force also will advise the chief of naval operations about emerging Web technologies.

'This is a huge Navy portal that will get you to anywhere you want to go,' Slaght told the conference.

The first 50 programs must go online by November, he said, and the deadline for servicewide system migration will be 2004.

In a memo released this month, Adm. William J. Fallon, vice chief of naval operations, tapped Vice Adm. Richard Mayo to become the Navy's chief information officer. Fallon also named Monica Shephard to manage the Web initiative. Mayo has been the Navy's director of space, information warfare, command and control, and Shephard has the same title for the Atlantic Fleet.

Fallon said the Web strategy will 'take full advantage of the Navy's IT-21 and Navy-Marine Corps infrastructure investments.' Results of the task force's efforts appear on its Web site, at www.tfw.navy.mil.


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