New Navy group sets IT priorities

The recently commissioned Navy Installations Command has as a mission to save money by consolidating 29 business areas across 98 installations around the globe.

CNI, which officially became a command in October and is based at the Pentagon, expects to take the first step in that direction in April when it releases a request for proposals for a server consolidation program, said Jeffrey Huskey, deputy command information officer for CNI.

Also on the agenda for the year is to begin developing a command enterprise architecture, deploying the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet portal, developing a sensor integration plan and establishing a set of standard applications.

'Right now, there are a lot of people in charge of the governance for IT,' Huskey said at Friday's Telestrategies Federal Networks 2004 conference. 'We inherited all the different application management stuff from all the organizations. We inherited 17,000 servers, 19,000 apps, very few of which communicate with each other.'

The cost of maintaining the apps runs about $400 million a year'not including NMCI, Huskey said.

CNI will host an industry day in March about the architecture, sensor and server consolidation plans. The agency will also draft a statement of work to get comments about the plans from vendors.

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