Navy awards NMCI order

NMCI contract modified

The Navy awarded a $9 million, seven-month task order Sept. 28 under its Navy Marine Corps Intranet contract so that sailors and Marines can access an array of information via the Internet.

Under the Task Force Web initiative, sailors and Marines will be able to go to nearly any desktop with Internet access and use applications via a Web browser to check on everything from pay, personnel and medical records to command and control, logistics and other mission-critical information. Adm. Vern Clark, chief of naval operations and head of the Task Force Web initiative, plans for the Navy to Web-enable its applications by 2003.

The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command will carry out the at-sea portion of Task Force Web. The NMCI Information Strike Force, the group of companies led by Electronic Data Systems Corp. that is spearheading NMCI, will manage Task Force Web ashore. Navy officials could not be reached for comment.

Meanwhile, the Navy and EDS have renegotiated the amount that EDS will be paid in fiscal 2002, reducing the contract value to $600 million from $728 million. The overall size of the contract remains at $6.9 billion.

The guaranteed payment then doubles to nearly $1.2 billion for each fiscal year from 2003 to 2005. The modification also includes minimums for each option year: $939 million for fiscal 2006 to 2008.

The revised contract includes details of the Navy and Defense Department's agreement on NMCI testing procedures. "It is recognized by the parties that the need for successful testing and acceptance is a keen importance to the Department of Navy," the contract states.

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