Military on NMCI watch
- By George I. Seffers
- Nov 05, 2000
Although the Navy Marine Corps Intranet is being touted as an example for
the entire Defense Department, some high-ranking officials are waiting to
see how the Navy manages such a huge project.
"The other services cannot sign on now," said Lt. Gen. Peter Cuviello,
chief information officer of the Army. "Conceptually, I think it is a great
idea. I give kudos to the Navy, but all they've done so far is to let a
contract. The challenge will be in implementing it."
Under NMCI, Electronic Data Systems Corp. will install and manage 350,000
PCs for the Navy and Marines. The contract was awarded in early October
and potentially is worth $6.9 billion.
"They have leadership [support], but the Navy, like the other services,
is a monolithic organization, and they have got to get this moving," Cuviello
said, adding that "the money is not there."
Other high-ranking officials echoed Cuviello's conclusions. "Something
that size is fraught with a lot of challenges, and I think everybody in
the community is hoping the Navy has picked a good, winning strategy for
tackling a tough problem across a broad range of challenges," said Air Force
Brig. Gen. Dale Meyerrose, director of command and control systems for U.S.
Meyerrose cited a recent Gartner Group Inc. study that found that 85
percent of information technology outsourcing contracts are renegotiated
within 14 months. The study cites three reasons: cost growth, steadily increasing
program requirements and the inability of the contractor to deliver on promises.
"We have outsourced several networks, and they are much, much smaller
in scope, but the challenges we had are very close to those cited by the
Gartner Group," Meyerrose said.