Congress removes cap on NMCI seats

Congress yesterday authorized the Navy to rescind a 60,000-seat limit for the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet and to begin moving 100,000 additional seats to the NMCI network.

The cap was imposed pending an operational test of the network by the Navy's NMCI staff and several independent testing agencies to prove the network was scalable and robust. The Navy and lead contractor EDS Corp. recently finished the assessment.

'These authorizations mark major milestones in the progress of the NMCI program,' said Rear Adm. Charles L. Munns, director of the program.

Through NMCI, the Navy and Marine Corps plan to link voice, video and data communications at more than 300 installations. The next round of Defense testing on NMCI is slated for the summer.

Earlier this month, DOD CIO John Stenbit and Michael Wynne, deputy undersecretary for defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, sent out a memo to Navy leaders authorizing the transition of the additional NMCI seat orders. In the memo, Stenbit and Wynne said they were satisfied the contractor had met service-level agreements on a test bed of 20,000 computers

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