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Project suffered an excess of ambition, irresponsible contractors, and a broken management structure

Source: The New York Times

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Monumental task
By Beenthere on 12/10/2012 5:54:58 PM , Rating: 2
The scope of this project is so monumental it would not surprise me if it cost 100x the amount of the so called "wasted funds". While there may very well of been some waste, more than likely a lot of the real issues were discovered and solutions formulated to start to make some sense out of an incredible volume of data from countless sources that really needs to be properly structured.

It's easy to write sensational headlines and make uninformed comments when you have no clue of what actually transpired and you are getting a news feed third hand.

RE: Monumental task
By arthur449 on 12/11/2012 2:35:56 AM , Rating: 3
Stop being so reasonable. This is the internet; we have a reputation to uphold.

RE: Monumental task
By been-there on 12/11/2012 11:03:01 AM , Rating: 2
The scope is the problem. Hundreds of system across multiple commands. Each system is part of someone's fiefdom,each system is maintained by a different contractor, because in today's AF, all of the IT expertise has been outsourced. Now in order to be a success you have to collect specs and get cooperation from all of the people who will be out of a job when the project is completed. In addition, experience teaches that in 2 to 3 years everyone involved will have moved on, and a new and improved technology that will solve everything will be presented as the real solution to all of the problems.

In this environment small projects that grow work, and massive projects fail. In a decade of working around Air Force Material Command at WPAFB, I have never seen a large project successfully deployed.

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