Net-centricity gets a portal

Hoping to duplicate the acquisition success of the Navy's eBusiness Operations Office, the Defense Department CIO has established the Rapid Acquisition Incentive-Net Centricity initiative to develop and test new technologies for rapid rollout to military personnel.

CIO John P. Stenbit, also the assistant secretary of Defense for networks and information integration, named the Navy's e-Business office the executive agent of RAI-NC. He said the five-year initiative, which will run from fiscal 2004 through 2009, would select five to 20 proposals to pilot each year.

The first series of pilot applications is being accepted through July 30, Stenbit said. The fiscal 2004 pilots will be chosen by Sept. 30.

Priscilla Guthrie, DOD's deputy CIO, said the portal would help to 'jump-start initiatives to transform the department to assist our goal of net-centricity, so timely and accurate information is available not only for the warfighters and the decision-makers, but for individuals at all levels.'

Stenbit said RAI-NC would encourage the acceleration of promising, net-centric IT initiatives. Acceptable proposals must have limited scope, cost and duration and must demonstrate the effectiveness of a technology, concept or process to improve current DOD business processes.

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