(Nov 26, 2012) How the Air Force blew $1B on a dud system
The Air Force's controller, Jamie Morin, admitted publicly in April that the service spent seven years and $1 billion on a logistics management system that had "negligible" capability.
But that's not what drove Air Force leaders to finally cancel the Expeditionary Combat Support System project this month.
And it wasn't because technical glitches forced the Air Force to repeatedly scale back expectations for the new system -- from replacing 240 legacy systems, as originally planned, to just 12.
In the end, officials canceled ECSS because continuing it would have cost another $1 billion to gain a quarter of the capability it was originally supposed to have, with fielding delayed until 2020.
"It just became a financial decision," said Brig. Gen. Kathryn Johnson, the Air Force’s director of system integration, in an interview last week.
Johnson attributed the project's extensive problems to an array of factors.