Defense CIO approves next step in NMCI

Defense CIO John Stenbit said today that he is satisfied with the progress of Navy-Marine Corps Intranet testing and will allow the Navy to move 100,000 more seats to the NMCI environment.

Stenbit said the results of four months of testing demonstrated that NMCI was ready to move to the next level. He reviewed tests conducted by the Navy's Operational Test and Evaluation Force Command and the Fleet Industrial Warfare Center, the Army Information Systems Engineering Command, lead contractor Electronic Data Systems Corp., and the Institute for Defense Analysis, an independent agency hired by DOD to oversee Navy testing.

'We believe that an acceptable testing process has been implemented and the test results demonstrated that the NMCI' staff can identify problems and take steps to fix them, and implement improvements as the program evolves, Stenbit said in response to an e-mail message.

He said full certification of his findings would be released to the Navy within a week.

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