Letter to the editor
Working as a contractor test and evaluation team member, I've had the opportunity
to see the Navy's current state of IT affairs and found that if it continued
on the same track, it would cost billions to maintain itself in the long
Everyone with an idea on how things can be better and brighter although
it may not necessarily be so can write or buy an application for their
division, apply it and then spend to keep it updated. One of the main issues
with this is that there is no control. If the developer leaves, the application
is useful until it breaks. This has occurred so many times across the Navy
that now it's creating a nightmare to sort out.
NMCI is in its infancy, but as it matures, it will bring order to an
otherwise piecemeal infrastructure.
In an earlier letter to the editor, someone mentioned that the Army is going wireless. Great
that technology is also in its infancy and has been proven that unless
meticulously scrutinized on a minute-by-minute basis, can be hacked easily
("Wireless hacking kits cheap to compile").
NMCI provides the base for an ever-expanding realm of technologic capability.
There is no reason that the Navy can't add wireless technology later on
when the technology is ready for departmentwide presentations, videoconferencing
and so on.
I've seen firsthand at companies such as General Electric Co. and Motorola
Inc. where seat management has succeeded and cut the tremendous maintenance
costs that rule the unruly. There are, as in all new things, issues to be
worked out; the only way to get them worked out is through deliberate cooperation,
knowledge sharing, patience and a positive spirit between the Navy and the
Information Strike Force team.