Major programs within NMCI

Base Level Infrastructure Initiative. This program lets Navy personnel overseas, about 30,000 sailors, plug into the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet and IT-21 via common standards and protocols. In many cases, including e-mail and chat functions, the applications the initiative uses are the same as NMCI's. The Navy will implement the initiative at 16 strategic overseas locations including Bahrain, Diego Garcia, Greece, Guam, Italy, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Spain and the United Kingdom.

Contract value: $122 million

Lead contractor: General Dynamics Corp.

Naval Tactical Command Support System. The system will be used on all ships and submarines as well as by aviation squadrons and some Navy maintenance organizations. It will automate functions ranging from organizing supplies and maintenance to personnel administration, financial and medical records, and travel orders.

Contract value: $133 million

Lead contractor: CACI International Inc. of Arlington, Va.

Navy e-Business Operations Office. Established in 2002, the office sifts through hundreds of proposals each quarter for projects it considers for Navywide adoption. They must be easy to roll out and compatible with NMCI.

Pilot contract values: Between $500,000 and $1 million for program management and hardware and software development.

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