On Wednesday, Senators sent a letter demanding an explanation for the cancelation of upgrading Air Force logistics management program, after it was reported that it would cost another USD 1 billion to achieve one-quarter of the capabilities originally planned for the software.
“From what we know to date, this case appears to be one of the most egregious examples of mismanagement in recent memory,” it was addressed in the letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.
The project was cancelled one month ago after spending six years trying to modernize the system without success.
This comes while if the project had continued, it would have been ready to use first after eight years.
The program was not written from scratch, instead the Computer Sciences Corporation was contracted to “configure, deploy and conduct training and change management activities” to an already commercialized software program from Oracle.
The plan was to have auditable financial books working by 2017; however, with the termination of the project the Air Force must continue to rely on systems dating back to the 1970s.
A lengthy report was published by the Institute for Defense Analyses in 2011, criticizing the Defense Department’s software initiatives, stating that the modernization of software systems had been a priority since 15 years ago, costing more than USD 5.8 billion up to 2009.