Navy taps rear admiral to head new NMCI office

Navy taps rear admiral to head new NMCI office

The Navy will establish a new program office to serve as a central point of authority for the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet.

Rear Adm. Charles L. Munns will manage the office; Marine Corps Col. Robert Logan will be his deputy. The office is scheduled to open Feb. 11, but a Navy spokesman said it was unclear when Munns would assume his post.

An NMCI Senior Executive Council will review the performance of the program office. John Young, assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition, will head the council, which also will include other Navy officials and industry representatives.

The role of Joseph R. Cipriano, the Navy's program executive officer of IT, who previously was in charge of NMCI, has not been determined, the Navy spokesman said. Young and Munns will meet to determine the direction NMCI will take when Munns assumes his post.

NMCI is the Navy's $6.9 billion program to develop an enterprisewide voice, video and data network. It will consolidate 200 networks into an intranet, linking more than 360,000 desktop PCs. Electronic Data Systems Corp. is the contractor.

'NMCI is a critical part of transforming the Navy and Marine Corps to meet this nation's future security needs,' Navy Secretary Gordon R. England said. 'It is also a very complex undertaking, and one that is a dramatic departure from the traditional ways of doing business within the Department of Defense. These management initiatives will ensure we continue to move forward on this essential program.'

Munns currently is commander of the Navy's Submarine Group Eight and Submarines, Allied Forces South, in Italy. He has a master's degree in computer science from the University of Colorado.

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