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Jerry Burroughs: Navy Aiming to Standardize Shipboard IT Nets

Rear Adm. Jerry Burroughs
Rear Adm. Jerry Burroughs

The U.S. Navy is attempting to install identical information technology architectures on its ships, moving away from an approach that had as many as five basic network architectures, Rear Adm. Jerry Burroughs told Federal News Radio.

Burroughs, the Navy’s C4I program executive officer (command, control, communications, computers and intelligence), said each ship had its own customized IT setup within those architectures.

Initially, the Navy will install the Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services network on 23 ships with plans to have 190 ships outfitted with CANES by 2020, Jared Serbu reports.

Northrop Grumman won a potential $637.7 million contract in February to design CANES for 54 ships (click over to GovCon Wire for more coverage of that award).

Capt. D.J. LeGoff, program manager for CANES, told Federal News Radio the Navy will conduct full and open competitions at regular intervals to produce the system and the government will own the plans and data rights.

Updates to hardware and software will be required every two-to-three years, Serbu writes.

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