Navy intranet hits money snag
- By Dan Verton
- May 11, 2000
The Navy can't afford to pay for its plan to build a Navy/Marine Corps Intranet
without sacrificing funds earmarked for critical operations, senior Navy
commanders said this week.
Senior admirals met behind closed doors this week with Navy chief information
officer Dan Porter, the vice chief of naval operations Adm. Donald Pilling,
and other N/MCI officials to discuss how the Navy plans to pay for its $16
billion intranet proposal.
The purpose of the meeting was to identify the Navy's total annual information
technology budget requirements that would be included under N/MCI, and to
determine how much money the service has actually identified.
According to a senior Navy official present at the negotiations, Navy
and Marine Corps commands reported a total of $2.1 billion in IT requirements
each year — much higher than the $1.52 billion originally estimated.
However, the Navy has only identified about $800 million in available
funding, the official said. Likewise, the Marine Corps identified roughly
$460 million in requirements but could only come up with $200 million to
pay for it, said the official.