Marines: We're in NMCI

The commandant of the Marine Corps has officially requested that the Marines not be removed from the Navy Marine Corps Intranet.

Gen. James Jones, in a one-page letter dated Aug. 27 to Sen. Carl Levin (R-Mich.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he was seeking to "assure you and the members of the committee that the Marine Corps is committed to" NMCI.

"Any exclusion of the Marine Corps from NMCI would exacerbate the degraded condition of our information technology infrastructure that has not been modernized for almost two years awaiting NMCI," Jones wrote.

The commandant's letter comes in response to a provision in the House version of the Defense authorization bill that cut the Marines out of NMCI. Both Navy and Marine Corps officials have said they believe the Marines will begin using NMCI in the third quarter of fiscal 2002 as scheduled.

Corps officials have said that they did not ask the House to insert the language and that they are committed to the $6.9 billion initiative to outsource the Navy and Marine Corps' IT infrastructure. Jones' letter, however, is a high-level reiteration of those statements.

Navy officials said that they are working to inform lawmakers about the status of the project. But the official, who asked not to be identified, said the letter from the commandant definitely helps.

About the Author

Christopher J. Dorobek is the co-anchor of Federal News Radio’s afternoon drive program, The Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris, and the founder, publisher and editor of the DorobekInsider.com, a leading blog for the Federal IT community.

Dorobek joined Federal News Radio in 2008 with 16 years of experience covering government issues with an emphasis on government information technology. Prior to joining Federal News Radio, Dorobek was editor-in-chief of Federal Computer Week, the leading news magazine for government IT decision-makers and the flagship of the 1105 Government Information Group portfolio of publications. As editor-in-chief, Dorobek served as a member of the senior leadership team at 1105 Government Information Group, providing daily editorial direction and management for FCW magazine, FCW.com, Government Health IT and its other editorial products.

Dorobek joined FCW in 2001 as a senior reporter and assumed increasing responsibilities, becoming managing editor and executive editor before being named editor-in-chief in 2006. Prior to joining FCW, Dorobek was a technology reporter at PlanetGov.com, one of the first online community centers for current and former government employees. He also spent five years at Government Computer News, another leading industry publication, covering a variety of federal IT-related issues.

Dorobek is a frequent speaker on issues involving the government IT industry, and has appeared as a frequent contributor to NewsChannel 8’s Federal News Today program. He began his career as a reporter at the Foster’s Daily Democrat, a daily newspaper in Dover, N.H. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California. He lives in Washington, DC.


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