Former head of NMCI joins Lockheed Martin

Former head of NMCI joins Lockheed Martin

Joseph Cipriano

The former program executive officer who oversaw the first steps of the $6.9 billion Navy-Marine Corps Intranet, has joined Lockheed Martin Corp.'s Information Technology division as vice president for advanced solutions.

Since 1999, Joseph Cipriano worked as the Navy's PEO for IT. He worked on the NMCI contract until February, when the Navy established a new program office for the departmentwide network and appointed Rear Adm. Charles L. Munns to oversee the operations of the contract.

Cipriano was also in charge of developing the Defense Integrated Military Human Resource System and the Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System.

Cipriano, who worked for the government for more than 30 years, retired in mid-September from the Navy. He started working for Lockheed Martin's IT office in Seabrook, Md., on Oct. 14.

'I had reached the highest level you could get in civil service,' Cipriano said. 'I think it was time to move on from that position.'

Cipriano said his experience with performance contracts and service level agreements will help him in his new position. He will help design major proposals to support federal agencies and commercial clients for large-scale managed systems procurements.

Last year, Cipriano was named Defense Department Executive of the Year at Post Newsweek Tech Media's Government Awards gala in Washington.

Steven Ehrler, who replaced Cipriano as the Navy's PEO-IT, credited his predecessor with starting the development of NMCI, the largest federal IT outsourcing contract in history.

'He has created a blueprint which all of DOD can use to implement IT systems,' Ehrler said.


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