U.S. Army resource system enters new phase

Sept. 20, 2011 at 9:50 AM
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FORT BLISS, Texas, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Northrop Grumman reports its support to the U.S. Global Combat Support System-Army has allowed the system to enter the production phase of the program.

The phase comes with the system's deployment at Fort Bliss, Texas.

The GCSS-Army enterprise resource planning solution, managed by the Product Manager GCSS-Army at Fort Lee, Va., will provide a single system for anticipating, allocating and synchronizing the flow of resources in support of combatant commanders.

With an anticipated user base of nearly 160,000 personnel, GCSS-Army is planned to be one of the largest ERP implementations in the U.S. Department of Defense.

The GCSS-Army program received its Milestone C approval in August from the Defense Acquisition Board. The granting of Milestone C moves the GCSS-Army program from the engineering manufacturing and deployment phase into the production and deployment phase.

"GCSS-Army provides near real-time and highly accurate visibility of assets and costs required to support missions and sustainment," said Mike Twyman, vice president of integrated command, control, communications and intelligence systems for Northrop Grumman Information Systems. "With this approval for production, we look forward to a successful initial operational test and evaluation and getting this valuable capability to the entire Army."

Northrop Grumman deployed GCSS-Army Release 1.1 to replace the current logistics management information systems operating throughout the 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss. The single, Web-based ERP solution will manage sustainment functions and key tactical financial functions.

Release 1.1 has replaced three of the Army's major logistics systems: Property Book Unit Supply Enhanced, Standard Army Maintenance System-Enhanced and Standard Army Retail Supply System.

For the launch in Texas, the GCSS-Army team converted more than 240,000 data records, enhanced 38 independent interfaces, transferred more than $1.83 million of open logistics transactions with zero errors and trained more than 300 soldiers and civilians via Web-based and instructor-facilitated instruction.

Upon completion of testing, GCSS-Army is to field Army-wide in two waves: first, replacing the warehousing, supply chain and tactical finance functionalities, followed by a second wave to replace property book and maintenance capabilities.

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