Munns to leave NMCI

Rear Adm. Charles L. Munns, director of the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet, will leave that position later this year to take over as commander of the Atlantic Fleet Submarine Force in Norfolk, Va.

Munns, who was appointed to lead the $8.82 billion NMCI effort in February 2002, is also in line to become the commander of the Submarine Allied Command, a senior operational command under the three-star billet.

The impetus for Munns' appointment as NMCI director came from congressional hearings in which lawmakers complained that every time they requested an update on NMCI, the Navy would send a different representative to brief them.

Prior to the NMCI post, Munns had commanded the Navy's Submarine Group Eight and Submarines, Allied Forces South, in Naples, Italy.

According to a Defense announcement issued today, President Bush has nominated Munns for the appointment of vice admiral and to the Norfolk posts. It is unclear who might replace him.

Among his accomplishments, Munns tried to get a tighter grip on the Navy's legacy applications. Navy apps have dwindled from a high of 100,000 to currently about 10,000.

NMCI is a voice, video and data network owned by Electronic Data Systems Corp., the project's lead contractor. Eventually, it is supposed to consolidate more than 200 networks into an intranet linking 365,000 Navy and Marine Corps personnel. EDS is currently managing about 190,000 computer seats.

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