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Software tracks U.S. aid deliveries to Afghanistan

A Maryland software developer has been working with the Defense Department to get a handle on equipment and aid shipments to Afghanistan as U.S. forces begin their withdrawal.

Since Afghanistan was officially designated a major non-NATO ally earlier this year, increased cooperation between the two countries has led to priority delivery of military hardware and aid. However, widespread corruption has left unaccounted for an estimated $80 billion in aid.

A Defense Department Inspector General report issued in 2009 identified “internal control weaknesses” within the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan during the transfer of U.S. furnished equipment to the Afghanistan National Army. The report also found that coalition forces were unable to ensure the correct location for equipment deliveries.

DOD employed a commercial inventory management system, CoreIMS, for use in military depots, but the software was not being used to full capacity. The system was developed by CorePartners of  Frederick, Md. CoreIMS tracked only quantities of inventory numbers, not unique items by VINs and serial numbers.

Recommendations from the DOD Inspector General’s report went into effect in March 2009. Among these were a wall-to-wall inventory and reconciliation of radios and vehicles at two depots, including annotation of type, quantity, storage location and serial number.

CorePartners said its system was designed to adapt to the changing needs of the U.S. and Afghan forces as the American military begins its withdrawal. “Information is designed to be retrieved in about five to 10 seconds,” said CorePartners President Peter Oykhman.” He added that the system also is designed for dynamic environments like frequent staff rotations seen in the U.S. military.

CorePartners said it has been working with DOD on since 2003.

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