Defense IRM: Strategy Needed for Logistics Information Technology Improvements Efforts
United States General Accounting Office Washington United States
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DODs continued deployment of information systems using a migration strategy for the depot maintenance, materiel management, and transportation business areas will not likely produce the significant improvements originally envisioned. For the most part, these effortswhich were intended to lay the groundwork for future dramatic change by first standardizing information systems and the related processes throughout the Departmentare merely increasing the risk that the new systems that are deployed will not be significantly better or less costly to operate than the hundreds of logistics information systems already in place. DOD itself has acknowledged that its migration systems strategy will not provide necessary dramatic improvements and cost reductions and is now emphasizing alternative ways of improving logistics business operations, such as turning to the private sector to carry out major logistics functions. At the same time, however, it is continuing to deploy information systems selected under the migration strategy that are linked to the very same business functions it wishes to make more efficient and economical through outsourcing andor privatization.
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