Implementation of Automated Information Systems: Are Nondevelopmental Items the Solution?
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ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The requirement for an Automatic Message Handling System AMHS has been documented in a Multi-Command Required Operational Capability MROC for ten years. The AMHS and a number of other requirements for automated information system have not been fielded partly because of implementation strategies. This study describes two approaches used to satisfy the MROC requirements. Originally, the AMHS was to have been implemented as a portion of the World Wide Military Command ans Control System WWMCCS information system modernization program. After six years of developmental effort and little progress the Program Manager for the Army WWMCCS Information System initiated an implementation strategy to use nondevelopmental items. This strategy deserves special attention since the AMHS will be installed within twenty-four months and at a fraction of the cost spent on the original effort. Following a description of the implementation strategy and system capabilities, there is a review of steps taken by Congress and the Department of Defense to enhance the use of commercial nondevelopmental items.
- Information Science