NMCI chief Godwin to retire

Rear Adm. James B. Godwin III has decided to retire, about two years after taking the helm of the multibillion-dollar Navy-Marine Corps Intranet program.

Adm. Michael G. Mullen, the chief of naval operations, sent Godwin a memo yesterday telling him that his request to retire, effective Oct. 1, had been approved by the Navy secretary.

Godwin declined to be interviewed on his retirement plans.

Godwin became the second person to officially hold the title of NMCI director. In September 2004, Godwin took over NMCI, replacing Vice Adm. Charles L. Munns, who now heads up the Submarine Allied Command and serves as commander of the Atlantic Fleet Submarine Force in Norfolk, Va.

Joseph Cipriano, the Navy's former program executive officer for IT, was instrumental in conceptualizing NMCI and was the first manager of the contract. NMCI is a consolidated voice, video and data portal that will eventually link more than 500,000 sailors and Marines at roughly 1,000 sites across the country and in the Far East.

The timing of Godwin's retirement comes just a few months after the NMCI office was realigned under a program executive office structure and the NMCI contract was extended to prime contractor EDS Corp.

NMCI now falls under the Navy's Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS), which replaced PEO IT; Godwin was chosen to head up the new office. The Navy's enterprise resource planning effort, Base Level Information Infrastructure and ONE-NET initiatives were also aligned under PEO EIS.

Godwin's replacement will likely be named later this summer, a Navy official said. Marie Greening is serving as acting program manager for NMCI.

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