Navy secretary bolsters NMCI

Navy Secretary Gordon England used a servicewide memo to voice his full support of the Navy Marine Corps Intranet, the first such memo he has issued on the subject since taking his post.

England said the memo reinforces and updates the NMCI policies stated by his predecessor as Navy secretary, Richard Danzig.

"I want to reiterate to each person how important our Navy Marine Corps Intranet initiative is to the future of our Navy and Marine Corps," England said. "It's the right thing to do and we are proceeding to make it a reality."

NMCI, a $6.9 billion effort to outsource the Navy's information technology infrastructure, will consolidate systems and applications, and improve security, reliability and service, England said.

"Substantial as these benefits are, they are dwarfed by the implications of empowering instantaneous information access" throughout the Navy, he said. "A highly structured, stovepiped, hierarchical organization has put itself on the path to being highly flexible, intimately integrated."

The challenge ahead is whether the Navy can take advantage of the capabilities that NMCI will offer, he said. "This will require changes that transcend technology—they are changes in the way we do things," England said.

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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