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  •  Looks like $1B was lost in Air Force data project. (0+ / 0-)

    One of our military's largest and most expensive computer systems project was scrapped last year.

    I. Money Down the Drain

    Dubbed the "Expeditionary Combat Support System" (ECSS), the project involved enterprise resource planning" (ERP). ERP refers to efforts to merge external and internal data flows, such as expenses, manufacturing metrics, logistics, contractor relationships, and unified messaging into a single flow of data.

    ...... International Business Machines, Inc. (IBM ), Google Inc. (GOOG ), and a handful of other top players in the data-mining sector.

    The U.S. Air Force  (USAF) ..... poured a lot of money into the effort -- $1.03B USD since 2005.  But five years later an cool billion out of the pocket, and a USAF spokesperson's diagnosis of the project's health is:

    [ECSS] has not yielded any significant military capability.  We estimate it would require an additional $1.1B for about a quarter of the original scope to continue and fielding would not be until 2020. The Air Force has concluded the ECSS program is no longer a viable option for meeting the FY17 Financial Improvement and Audit Readiness (FIAR) statutory requirement. Therefore, we are cancelling the program and moving forward with other options in order to meet both requirements.

    "extreme concentration of income is incompatible with real democracy.... the truth is that the whole nature of our society is at stake." Paul Krugman

    by Gorette on Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 02:52:55 PM PDT

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