Marines name NMCI manager

Marines name NMCI manager

By Dawn S. Onley

GCN Staff

JUNE 15—A Marine Corps reservist who works as PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc.'s Washington marketing and sales manager will head up the Marine side of the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet.

Col. Kenneth R. Knapp, who has been off active duty since 1985, said he agreed to come back to serve as the Marines' deputy program executive officer for information technology. Knapp will report to Joseph Cipriano, the Navy's program executive officer for IT.

Capt. Chris Christopher is the Navy's deputy PEO for IT in the $6.9 billion outsourcing contract with Electronic Data Systems Corp.

'I really believe in the contract,' Knapp said. He said it will further the progress the Marines have already made in consolidating tactical and garrison systems into a single integrated system known as the Marine Corps Enterprise Network.

NMCI, a managed service for voice, video and data exchange, will build on MCEN efforts. 'We're moving to a whole different way of doing business,' he said, with the two services 'operating hand in hand' to increase functionality.

The corps has committed to 68,000 NMCI seats, including 8,000 outside the continental United States. EDS will begin installing the intranet at Marine commands beginning in the third quarter of fiscal 2002 and ending in early 2003. EDS has already assumed responsibility for more than 42,000 seats at Navy commands.

Knapp said it's an advantage in some ways for the Marines' NMCI access to be rolled out after the Navy's, because transition may be easier. 'It's a two-edged sword. Certainly we would like to get the advantages of NMCI [now], but we're gaining from lessons learned,' Knapp said.

NMCI, one of the largest government systems outsourcing initiatives to date, will consolidate 200 networks with more than 360,000 users in the United States, Cuba, Iceland and Puerto Rico.

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