HP gets $3.4B Navy network transition deal

Work will support conversion to Next Generation Enterprise Network

HP Enterprise Services LLC will support the transition from the Navy/Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) to a next-generation program under a contract potentially worth $3.4 billion over five years.

The continuity of service contract will provide critical engineering and support services during the transition scheduled to begin later this year from NMCI to the successor program known as the Next Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN), Defense Department and company officials said July 8.

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The $27 million base contract is for the purchase of a license to access NMCI intellectual property, DOD said. Task orders awarded through the continuity of service contract will be performed at approximately 2,500 Navy and Marine Corps facilities in the United States and Japan.

The NMCI program, which began in 2000, supports more than 700,000 Navy and Marine Corps military and civilian employees. The company operates four network operations centers, three enterprise service desks, nearly 50 classified and unclassified server farms, and more than 4,100 enterprisewide servers.

“The Department of the Navy needs to provide uninterrupted service to users while the Navy and Marine Corps execute a transition of one of the world’s largest and most secure defense network environments,” Dennis Stolkey, senior vice president, U.S. Public Sector, HP Enterprise Services, said in a July 8 news release. “With the NMCI contract ending on September 30, 2010, the Navy and HP have signed the [continuity of services contract] to continue many of the IT services while enabling the Navy and Marine Corps to transition services to NGEN.”

The contracting activity is the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command in San Diego.

HP Enterprise Services, of Herndon, Va., is a unit of Hewlett-Packard Co., of Palo Alto, Calif. The parent company ranks No. 12 on Washington Technology’s 2010 Top 100 list of the largest federal government prime contractors.

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William Welsh is a freelance writer covering IT and defense technology.

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