So, Where’s the Navy’s Next Generation Network Contract?

January 8, 2013

As I reported multiple times last year, the Navy said -- repeatedly -- that it would award a contract valued at about $5 billion for its Next-Generation Enterprise Network by the end of last month.

Here we are in the second week of January, and still no award. I’m waiting to hear from the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command in San Diego when it expects to make one.

Capt. Shawn Hendricks, manager of the Naval Enterprise Networks Program Office, which manages NGEN, told those attending an October 2011 industry briefing that he could not afford to miss the December 2012 award deadline in order to have NGEN to ready to go when the contract for the current network runs out in 2015.

"We don't want the lights to go out," Hendricks said at the time.

Warren Suss, president of Suss Consulting said he was not surprised at the delay in awarding the NGEN contract: “It’s a huge, complex deal that will require reviews at the highest levels in the Pentagon, which often involves follow-up rounds of analysis.”

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