DOD awaits approval on 100,000 more seats for NMCI

DOD awaits approval on 100,000 more seats for NMCI

The Navy has completed four months of extensive testing and is awaiting final approval from Defense Department CIO John Stenbit to move 100,000 more computer seats to the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet.

The government, the contractor and independent testing has highlighted areas where the Navy's enterprise network project needed to improve. For instance, e-mail between NMCI systems and other computers moved slowly, and help desk performance did not meet standards set in the NMCI contract, according to Rear Adm. Charles L. Munns, director of NMCI.

Munns, who outlined the results of the second major round of testing at a press briefing yesterday, said the network was tested by four groups of examiners. The first series was conducted through Munns' office and tested use, networks and applications. Other groups such as the Fleet Industrial Warfare Center, the Army Information Systems Engineering Command and lead NMCI contractor, Electronic Data Systems Corp., also tested the infrastructure.

The Institute for Defense Analysis, an independent agency hired by DOD to oversee Navy testing, worked with the Navy and EDS, Munns said.

Bill Richard, the NMCI program executive for EDS, said the company has fixed some of the deficiencies found during testing and is correcting others. Richard said the company is looking at better ways to process requests for help and developing better training for NMCI users.

But Munns said the testing results were positive overall and that the Navy can proceed once it receives Stenbit's permission. He expects the CIO to sign off on the request for 100,000 more seats within the next week.

The Navy has cut over 47,861 seats to the NMCI environment.

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