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.

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