Navy moves forward with $14.5B NGEN program

The Navy has released a pair of sources sought notices for its huge Next Generation Enterprise Network, the replacement for the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet.

One request for information focuses on Navy’s data centers. The second RFI concentrates on software as a service.

Cost savings is an overriding theme in the RFIs with multiple references by the Navy to lowering total cost of ownership of its IT and to reducing its non-tactical IT budget by 25 percent.

NGEN is expected to be a group of contracts that will replace the single-award NMCI held by Hewlett-Packard Co. Some of the new contracts will be multiple-award; some will be single awards. The group of contracts are expected to have a value of $14.5 billion. NMCI has been worth about $10.7 billion so far, according to the market research firm Deltek Input.

In the software as a service RFI, the Navy says it is planning to consolidate or retire many legacy software applications. Those that remain and new applications will need to operate in the cloud.

In the data center RFI, the Navy says it has 80 data centers that need modernization. "Many of them implement custom point-to-point solutions for each system, with outmoded service delivery models,” the service said in the RFI. “Given today's fiscally constrained environment and under the department’s current consolidation and efficiency guidance, this continued approach is neither desired nor sustainable.”

Responses to the RFIs are due by Aug. 29.

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Nick Wakeman is the editor-in-chief of Washington Technology. Follow him on Twitter: @nick_wakeman.

Reader Comments

Fri, Aug 26, 2011 Tru Le Virginia

We would be glad to team up with a prime on this effort. We are Universal System Consultant, LLC is SBA(8a) certification, specializing in IT Software Development & Test, IV&V, Project Management, System Integration, SOA, and Enterprise Architecture. www.universalsystemconsultant.com, TruLe@UniversalSystemConsultant.com

Mon, Aug 1, 2011

If it makes sense for Navy/USMC, it makes even more sense for DoD as a whole. Why is each service and command allowed to spend a bazillion dollars reinventing the wheel, over and over again? IT and long-haul comms have been a commodity for at least a decade- they need to be common-serviced DoD-wide. They would save BILLIONS.

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