Northrop Grumman Information Technology has received a contract modification for the US Department of Defense's (DoD) Global Combat Support System, Army (GCSS-A) programme.
A company spokesman was quoted by Washington Technology as saying that the new $299m cost-plus-incentive-fee contract covers modernisation of logistics management information systems on US Army installations.
The GCSS-A is a single web-based system designed to enable comprehensive management of tactical supply and maintenance across the service by providing combatant commanders with near-real-time information, total asset visibility and property accountability throughout all areas of operations.
The system was developed by Northrop under a multi-year contract from the army in December 2007 to field an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution in support of active Army, National Guard and reserve component soldiers worldwide.
Managed by the Army Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS), the GCSS-A will also help its operators in tracking the status of parts orders, a feature that was missing in previous logistics support systems.
Integrated with SAP software, the system will replace the army's existing 12 standard army management information systems (STAMIS), and is also expected to prove critical in the management of logistical assets of future programmes, such as the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV).
The programme received its Milestone C approval from the Defense Acquisition Board (DAB) in August 2011, and was successfully deployed with 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division (2/1 AD) at Fort Bliss, Texas, the following month for testing and evaluation.
Work under the contract will take place at the company's facility in Richmond, Virginia, and is expected to be complete by 30 September 2017, with US Army Contracting Command, Rock Island, Ill, as the contracting activity.