Navy picks Godwin to take over at NMCI

The Navy has named Rear Adm. James B. Godwin III as the new director of the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet program office.

Godwin, program executive officer for the Navy's Tactical Aircraft Programs, officially will replace Rear Adm. Charles L. Munns as director in September.

Munns, who will get a promotion to three-star vice admiral, will take over the helm of the Submarine Allied Command and will also serve as commander of the Atlantic Fleet Submarine Force in Norfolk, Va.

The $8.82 billion NMCI effort has seen its share of challenges. NMCI, which eventually will have more than 360,000 users on its integrated voice, video and data portal, is over budget and schedule, and lead contractor EDS Corp. has run into financial problems with the seat-management contract, according to Navy Secretary Gordon England.

Among the successes of NMCI, the program team reduced the services' legacy applications from a high of 100,000 in the summer of 2001 to currently less than 10,000.

Godwin was raised in Texas and attended Tulane University on a football scholarship, where he was a member of the Naval ROTC unit. Four years ago, Godwin was appointed as the PEO for Tactical Aircraft Programs.

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