EDS rolls out first NMCI seats

Naval Air Facility Washington

Less than a year after the massive Navy Marine Corps Intranet contract was awarded, the Navy's $6.9 billion effort to create an enterprise network became a reality.

Electronic Data Systems Corp., the vendor for the Navy's effort to contract out its information technology network, officially has taken control of five desktops at the Naval Air Facility, Washington, D.C., a Navy activity at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.

The transition of the first seats marks an important milestone for NMCI, EDS officials said. "It brings the concept of NMCI into reality. We now have something to look at what NMCI is. We can kick the tires and show that it works as proposed and as advertised," said Rick Rosenberg, EDS' NMCI program executive.

EDS will next be working to transfer all of NAF Washington's 600 seats to the NMCI network, Rosenberg said. NAF Washington is the first of three locations at the forefront of rolling out NMCI.

Petty Officer 1st Class Ian Gehrmann, a 30-year-old aviation maintenance man from Madison, Wis., was the first to be logged on to the NMCI network Sept. 7, sending an e-mail message to Navy Secretary Gordon England and other senior officers.

EDS has taken responsibility for network operations and maintenance at 29 sites and more than 42,000 seats. This stage, called assumption of responsibility, typically requires that EDS take responsibility for individual contracts at each site.

Cutover, where all of a site's users move to the EDS NMCI network, is the second step. NAF Washington is the first site to take that step.

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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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