- By Dan Verton
- Jul 17, 2000
The N/MCI Glass Ceiling...
...has been broken. My mobile receiving station parked outside the Naval
Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, Md., reports that a woman will be
leading the first effort to roll out the Navy/Marine Corps Intranet.
Susan Keen has been appointed the first chief information officer of
Navair and will be responsible for spearheading the IT effort at the first
command to enter the N/MCI Age. Low-level signals indicate that Keen, who
has risen up through the ranks at Navair, is in the process of putting together
a core team of advisers and crafting Navair's future technology road map.
With Keen at the helm, we at least know the first N/MCI project will be
Rumors about the Marine Corps pulling out of N/MCI spread like wildfire
last week, starting in Hawaii and blowing across the continent before finally
stopping on the Interceptor's desk. I immediately set out in search of some
"I think it's an unfounded rumor," said Ron Turner, the Navy's deputy
chief information officer for infrastructure, systems and technology. "No
substance to this," said a senior Marine Corps official involved in the
contract. But the official went on to say, "We have always been concerned
about the final costs of N/MCI and the affordability to the Marine Corps,
and until we have that info, we're not in a position to make that determination.
Time will tell. Ask again in about a month."
No Sleep for Raduege
Air Force Lt. Gen. Harry Raduege Jr. told the Interceptor last week
that since taking up the post of director of the Defense Information Systems
Agency on June 8, he's spent a grand total of about seven days in his office.
The rest of the time, he said, has been spent out and about "interfacing"
with DISA customers. The net result has been a lot of frequent flyer miles
and very little sleep.
His latest trip included a visit to the commanders in chief at the U.S.
Special Operations Command and Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base,
Tampa, Fla. His first order of business was to find out what DISA has done
for them lately, where DISA has fallen short and what they need DISA to
do for them in the future, he said.
I have a feeling that we may see a radically different DISA under Raduege's
leadership, including "a new emphasis on meaningful metrics" to measure
security compliance and a focus on "decision superiority" instead of that
buzz phrase we all pretend to understand: information superiority.
Mean Times for DMS
My Defense Message System code talkers sent me a copy of the minutes
from the March DMS Joint Logistics Management Team meeting. The military
services are trying to get the current 26-hour "mean time to restore" DMS
services requirement changed to a more reasonable two, four or eight hours.
However, this would require issuing a request for proposals and preparing
a cost estimate, according to the minutes.
Boost for BPAs
My industry code talkers were reporting that the series of enterprise
blanket purchase agreements engineered by Rex Bolton of DOD's Enterprise
Software Initiative was withering on the vine. A few months ago, these things
were the envy of IT shops throughout the department. But nobody seems to
be buying from them anymore. That is, except for 30,000 Microsoft Corp.
BackOffice Server fans. My Pentagon E-ring listening post reports that the
Redmond, Wash., software giant is poised to give ESI a boost through a $20
million contract for the BackOffice suite across DOD.
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