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Martin Murray

FAIL: $1 Billion Logistics Project

By November 14, 2012

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FAIL: $1B Logistics Project This is the story of how $1 BILLION of your tax dollars have been spent with nothing to show. The Federal Times reported that the US Air Force has cancelled its ambitious next generation logistics system, called the Expeditionary Combat Support System (ECSS) program after spending $1 Billion on its implementation. Seven years ago, the Air Force hired Computer Sciences Corp (CSC) to develop the ECCS which was supposed to streamline the USAF supply chain and providing an integrated approach for buying, moving and managing equipment, thus saving billions of dollars.

So fast forward seven years to 2012 and the USAF decides to fire CSC after the USAF reviews the progress and declares that the software gives "negligible" value, which doesn't sound like it was worth a billion dollars. The USAF said that if it was to continue with the project it would have only got 25 percent of the original requirements for almost double the original contract price, $628 million. In addition it would have not implemented anything until 2020, six years after the project due date.

The ECCS project was to retire more than 400 legacy systems, according to a CSC, and was to support 250,000 users, managing $33 billion in assets at over 600 locations globally. Instead the USAF will keep using these 400 or so aging systems for the foreseeable future, with no replacement options in sight.

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November 16, 2012 at 9:44 am
(1) Josh Levine says:

CSC should be hauled into federal court to explain why they took a billion dollars of tax payers money and produced nothing. It is fraud at the very least, they are criminally liable for sure.

November 22, 2012 at 8:17 pm
(2) Sgt. John Reid (ret.) says:

This project has been a disaster from the beginning, CSC have been promising and promising but it never happened. Not sure what is going to happen now.

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