A U. S. Marine Corps lance corporal data network specialist works at a help desk in the headquarters element of Task Force Leatherneck, 1st Marine Division (Forward). The Corps has completed a transition to its part of the Next-Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN), and a key element of that transition was empowering Marines to provide full end-user support across their network.
Marines Set the Stage for
The steady march toward the U.S. Navy’s Next-Generation Enter- prise Network underwent a leap ahead as the U.S. Marines under-
took a full transition before the contract
for the new system even was awarded.
The multiyear effort saw the Corps
methodically absorb functions of the
Navy/Marine Corps Intranet predeces-
sor so the service was positioned for a
smooth adoption of the new network.
This shift to a government-owned
network required more than just a
change in direction. The Corps had to
achieve the transition without allowing
any break in services to its Marines con-
current with deployments to Southwest
Asia. It had to move network operations
seamlessly across a philosophical gulf as
well as a logistical one without creating a
new infrastructure. And, it had to finish
the transition perfectly positioned for
the incorporation of the Next-Genera-
tion Enterprise Network, or NGEN.
The Corps did
not wait for the
as it activated a
By ROBERT K. ACKERMAN