Implementing the U.S. Army’s Logistics Modernization Program
By: Jacques Gansler, William Lucyshyn
The first Gulf War of the early 1990s revealed the fundamental weaknesses of the Army’s outdated logistics information technology systems. In order to address these problems, the Army has undertaken an aggressive, multi-program effort aimed at adopting best business practices in a Single Army Logistics Enterprise (SALE). SALE represents the Army’s vision for its future logistics enterprise to be fully integrated and based upon collaborative planning, knowledge management, and best business practices (Rhodes 2005). The Logistics Modernization Program (LMP) is a key component of SALE.
LMP is accomplishing these goals by replacing the Army’s 30-year old legacy systems, the Commodity Command Standard System (CCSS) and the Standard Depot System (SDS), with an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system that utilizes the private industry’s best business practices. On December 29, 1999, the Army awarded a ten-year, $680 M contract to Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) to maintain the legacy systems while developing and implementing the new ERP system. In early 2003, the contract was extended for two more years to address additional program requirements.