Navy Invites IT Industry to Modernize Navy-Marine Corps Intranet
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
McLEAN, Va. — The Navy expects to issue a request for proposals this spring for two segments of its Next-Generation Enterprise Network Re-compete III (NGEN-R III) program to upgrade the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI), a Navy official said.
The Navy also expects to complete the convergence of NMCI — its shore-based network in the continental United States and Hawaii — and ONE-Net, the Outside of the Continental United States Naval Enterprise Network, Capt. Michael Abreu, program manager for Naval Enterprise Networks under the Program Executive Office-Information Enterprise Systems (PEO-IES), told an audience of industry officials meeting for an industry day Jan. 25.
The Navy’s intranet is in transition from a single-vendor business model to a multi-vendor business model.
“Flexibility is needed in the future state to change our approach when warranted,” Abreu said. “Multi-vendor, multi-contract ordering capability is critical to executing our future model.”
The goals of the upgrades are to support successful operations and defense of the network; integrating ONE-Net into the NGEN business model; developing an effective program team; and enhancing capacity of the network. There is significant focus on cyber security, technical refresh of the network infrastructure and expansion of mobile device capability.
The upgrade effort will include commercial application hosting in the “cloud,” Abreu said.
The soon-to-be-released request for proposals will cover the end-user hardware and the service, management, integration and transport segments of the program.
“We have a very large effort in front of us,” he said, noting that the program office wants to get contracts in place before the current support contracts expire. “We’re modernizing faster now than we ever have in the NMCI network. Our need is to drive increased capability at the same time as reduced cost.”
“We are on a tight timeline,” Capt. Don Harder, deputy program executive officer for PEO(IES), told the industry representatives. “So, we’re going to put you on a tight timeline.”