Air Force cancels ECSS

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The Air Force canceled earlier this month its troubled Expeditionary Combat Support System enterprise resourcing planning effort, stating that the program "is no longer a viable option" for meeting the fiscal 2017 congressional deadline for full audit readiness.

The service has spent $1.03 billion on ECSS since the Air Force first obligated money for the program in August 2005, but it "has not yielded any significant military capability," it says in a statement.

ECSS, an Oracle supply chain management ERP originally meant to replace 240 legacy logistics and financial systems, was to have achieved full deployment of its first increment across the service in October 2013.  

Service officials estimate they would have to spend an additional $1.1 billion in order to achieve just a quarter of the planned functionality – and that even then, the system wouldn't be ready until 2020.  

ECSS underwent two pilot installations at Hanscom Air Force Base, but the Air Force rolled back both pilots in February, said Air Force spokesman Ed Gulick.

Cancelation of the program will result in 115 contractors losing their jobs and the realignment of 55 civilian and military government positions.

The demise of ECSS was preceded by at least a year of signs that the program was deeply troubled. The Air Force dismissed prime contractor Computer Sciences Corp. in March, and in the preceding autumn, Air Force officials publicly said they were looking at alternatives to the ERP.

Going forward, Air Force officials say they will look to smaller, discrete software improvements that cumulatively will improve its logistics infrastructure, with a delivery schedule still to be determined but some improvement expected starting in the current fiscal year.

For more:
- go to the Air Force statement on ECSS cancelation

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