Navy Turns to EDS, NMCI for Help
Perhaps one of the first real tests of the Navy Marine Corps Intranet contract came after the terrorist attack on the Pentagon Sept. 11.Perhaps one of the first real tests of the Navy Marine Corps Intranet contract came after the terrorist attack on the Pentagon Sept. 11. With an estimated 70 percent of the Navys space inside the Pentagon gone and most of the Navy Communications Center and Navy Budget Office destroyed, the Navy turned to Electronic Data Systems Corp. and the NMCI Strike Force to quickly rebuild classified and unclassified networks in temporary office space in the Washington Navy Yard, Navy Annex and National Center 2, in Crystal City, Va.
EDS received an initial estimate of the number of NMCI seats that would need to be rebuilt by Wednesday night after the attack. On Thursday morning, EDS sent out nine tractor-trailers from its St. Louis facility loaded with 860 portables, 335 desk-side computers and enough cabling for five floors of office space. At the same time, Cisco Systems Inc. delivered the switches and routers necessary to complete the network.