CSC (NYSE:CSC) today announced the successful launch of the second of three pilots under Release 1 of the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Combat Support System (ECSS), a major Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) program that will significantly upgrade the Air Force's global logistics capabilities.
This pilot delivers base equipment management capabilities to Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., and five supporting Air Force organizations. The first pilot, which was deployed in July 2010, supports vehicle maintenance and tool control at Hanscom and several other supporting sites. The third pilot, which is in development and on schedule to begin testing this month, will enable base-level materiel management capabilities.
Combined, the three pilots under Release 1 will support approximately 40,000 users at more than 180 primary sites and establish the foundation for enterprise planning and further logistics transformation across the Air Force.
Once fully deployed, ECSS will provide the capability to optimize asset management by transforming how the Air Force manages its global supply chain. It will integrate all key stakeholders, including other military services, industry trading partners, the Department of Defense and various federal agencies. ECSS will enable the Air Force to reduce costs, largely by reducing spare parts inventory, and facilitate compliance with federal accounting requirements.
"ECSS' potential to improve Air Force logistics operations represents a possible quantum leap in supply chain management," said Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force Gen. Norton A. Schwartz in his keynote speech at the recent Air Force Logistics Officer Association annual conference. "Along with Total Asset Visibility, ECSS will standardize logistics processes and provide an enterprise-wide view of the supply chain, making efforts more efficient and data more precise."
"We are pleased with ECSS' solid, steady progress against expectations, and see that continuing through Release 1," said James W. Sheaffer, president of CSC's North American Public Sector line of business. "CSC is proud to support the Air Force's modernization efforts by addressing complex supply chain requirements with interoperable and agile solutions that enable faster and more effective decision making."
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