Navy builds case against DOD network

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Navy is building a case for setting up its own network to help support its multibillion-dollar agencywide intranet rather than relying wholly on the Defense Department's mandated network, a Navy official said Tuesday.

According to Joseph Cipriano, the Navy's program executive officer for information technology, the Navy cannot rely on the Defense Information Systems Network to support the service needed to run the Navy/Marine Corps Intranet, which will provide management and communications to personnel around the world.

While the N/MCI procurement goes forward, the Navy is applying to the Defense Information Systems Agency for a waiver that would allow the winning vendor to supply another network as a backup to DISN, Cipriano said.

As part of its effort to develop a business case for the waiver, Cipriano's office is asking vendors to submit two proposals to the request for information that has been issued. One proposal should be written as if the vendor were using only DISN, and the second should be written as if the vendor were using the DISN and another network, he said.

"We will comply with [DOD] policy, except for this one waiver we are applying for," Cipriano said.

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