Letter to the editor
I have to take exception to the June 24 letter to the editor, "NMCI a fair deal for taxpayers," specifically this statement: "It's your
money (taxes). How would you rather have it spent $4 billion for the
way it was or $1.5 billion for the way it is going?"
Where did this person get their numbers? The Navy and EDS have already
changed their tune on the Navy Marine Corps Intranet being a cost-savings
program, because it is actually costing the Navy more than the way business
is done now. Read any of the articles regarding NMCI and the talk now is
of it being a more secure environment; removed is any reference to it being
a cost-savings program for the Navy.
I believe in the long run that this program may turn out to be the best
way of doing business, but under no circumstances does NMCI save the Navy
In addition, there are numerous legacy systems that will not be allowed
on the NMCI network due to security problems but need to continue to function
for mission reasons. The people who run those programs now will continue
to do so, in effect having a dual infrastructure that NMCI was supposed
to do away with. More hidden costs that are not talked about.
Argue the merits of this program, but do not make any claims that NMCI
will save the taxpayers money, because it will not.
Name withheld by request