Air Force abandons costly ERP project

After spending $1 billion on a major enterprise resource planning software project, the Air Force has decided its better off in the long run scrapping the project on the grounds that completing the project would result in no appreciable gain, reports Computer World.

An Air Force spokesman said in an e-mail statement on Nov. 14 that the Expeditionary Combat Support System (ECSS) "has not yielded any significant military capability," the story said.

The service estimates it would take an additional $1.1 billion to achieve about a quarter of the original scope to continue, and furthermore that fielding would not occur until 2020, the statement said. Since ECSS won't meet the fiscal 2017 Financial Improvement and Audit Readiness statutory requirements, the service is exploring other options.

Air Force officials restructured the program three times within the past three years, the story said.

Reader Comments

Wed, Nov 21, 2012 Cowboy Joe

Kudos to the Air Force for finally havin' the oysters to pull the plug on this one. I'd hope to shout Navy's experience nudged 'em toward that decision - then at least Navy can claim some relevant value out of an otherwise abysmal failure.

Mon, Nov 19, 2012 Tom Albany GA

Small potatoes. The Marine budgeted 126 million for the life cycle costs of their retail supply system and have already burned 632 million with projected life cycle costs of 1.1 billion. Even the GAO was shocked and they get to see most of the horror shows that our government create

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