Defense Department, People, tech

Packetrat Podcast – NGEN Industry Day

For those of you who like journalism in the raw — including my apparent inability to put together cohesive questions on the fly — here’s the press availability with Admiral Bill Goodwin, the director of the NGEN System Program Office and Asst, CNO for Next Generation Enterprise Networks Program Office; Dr. John Gauss, Acquisition division head of NGEN SPO; and Captain Tim Holland, the program manager for NGEN.

Click here to download (WMA, 10 MB)

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Defense Department, Policy

I am not Paige Atkins

Despite the byline, the words in this story belong to Paige Atkins, director of the Defense Spectrum Organization. Despite several attempts to get someone to change the way the story looks online so that Paige’s words — which she spoke during an interview with me–are actually attributed to Paige, my byline is still on the story.

I got a chance after the interview to meet Ms. Atkins in person at the Software Radio Summit. She’s in the driver’s seat behind an ambitious vision for defense communications–dynamic spectrum management through the use of cognitive radio and other technologies to allow access to spectrum anywhere under any conditions. But I’ll let her tell you about it.

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Cyberdefense and Information Assurance, Other Federal Agencies

Navy’s NGEN schedule requires an NMCI holding pattern

At today’s Navy Next Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN) Industry Day in DC, the Navy NGEN program team announced that the holders of the Navy’s current intranet program contract,Hewlett-Packard’s EDS, would be approached with a single-source contract to continue to maintain their outsourced Navy Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) while the Navy continues with the herculean task of getting a whole new network procurement program in place.

The NMCI contract expires in September of 2010. At current projections, because of the size and required oversight for the NGEN contract, NGEN won’t be ready to begin deployment until at least mid-2011. And there’s the small matter of being able to migrate from NMCI, the infrastructure of which is owned by EDS.

So, to bridge the gap, the Navy announced that it would be working with EDS to award them a sole-source contract to continue to support the network for the expected transition period — which is expected to last about 28 months after the contract start. The contract will also include terms by which the government will have continued access to the network during the transition, and obtain a government-use license for all of the intellectual property required for NGEN-bidders to figure out how to connect to NMCI.

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Contractors & Vendors, Cyberdefense and Information Assurance, Other Federal Agencies, Policy

Navy's NGEN schedule requires an NMCI holding pattern

At today’s Navy Next Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN) Industry Day in DC, the Navy NGEN program team announced that the holders of the Navy’s current intranet program contract,Hewlett-Packard’s EDS, would be approached with a single-source contract to continue to maintain their outsourced Navy Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) while the Navy continues with the herculean task of getting a whole new network procurement program in place.

The NMCI contract expires in September of 2010. At current projections, because of the size and required oversight for the NGEN contract, NGEN won’t be ready to begin deployment until at least mid-2011. And there’s the small matter of being able to migrate from NMCI, the infrastructure of which is owned by EDS.

So, to bridge the gap, the Navy announced that it would be working with EDS to award them a sole-source contract to continue to support the network for the expected transition period — which is expected to last about 28 months after the contract start. The contract will also include terms by which the government will have continued access to the network during the transition, and obtain a government-use license for all of the intellectual property required for NGEN-bidders to figure out how to connect to NMCI.

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People

On tap: Interviews with DISA’s John Garing and Tony Montemarano

I’ll be meandering down to Arlington today to the Defense Information Systems Agency for an interview with DISA’s CIO, John Garing, and then will be speaking with DISA’s Component Acquisition Executive, Tony Montemarano. Topics on tap for Mr. Garing: cloud computing and DISA’s open-source initiative, Forge.mil. And I’ll be asking Mr. Montemarano about the focus of the new administration on “fixing” procurement, and how the innovations in acquisition programs started during Lt Gen Croom’s watch might be expanded or modified to meet the demands for better, faster, and cheaper acquisitions. I’m hoping to talk with him the “two-button” approach to Net-Centric Enterprise Services and the “third” button planned for the next iteration of the collaboration program; the “adopt” approach taken with NECC and DKO; and how those can be applied broadly to procurement at DISA.

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Defense Department, People, Policy

On tap: Interviews with DISA's John Garing and Tony Montemarano

I’ll be meandering down to Arlington today to the Defense Information Systems Agency for an interview with DISA’s CIO, John Garing, and then will be speaking with DISA’s Component Acquisition Executive, Tony Montemarano. Topics on tap for Mr. Garing: cloud computing and DISA’s open-source initiative, Forge.mil. And I’ll be asking Mr. Montemarano about the focus of the new administration on “fixing” procurement, and how the innovations in acquisition programs started during Lt Gen Croom’s watch might be expanded or modified to meet the demands for better, faster, and cheaper acquisitions. I’m hoping to talk with him the “two-button” approach to Net-Centric Enterprise Services and the “third” button planned for the next iteration of the collaboration program; the “adopt” approach taken with NECC and DKO; and how those can be applied broadly to procurement at DISA.

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