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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 615-00
October 06, 2000

DE LEON LOOKS FORWARD TO NAVY-MARINE CORPS INTRANET

Deputy Secretary of Defense Rudy de Leon today released the following statement:

"The Navy-Marine Corps Intranet will revolutionize the way that we look at the process of sharing information. It gets the government out of the business of owning and operating information technology (IT) systems, and instead transfers that function to a fee-for-service contract with private industry. The potential for increased efficiency, standardization, interoperability and better business processes is tremendous, and I salute Secretary Danzig and the Navy Department for taking this bold step. From assistance to a surgeon desperately trying to save a Sailor's life at sea - to the networking of intelligence data - to better sharing of business contract information, all will be profoundly affected by this innovative approach. I look forward to following the promise of this multi-billion dollar program with great interest in the months and years ahead."