The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and partner Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) [NYSE: SAI], acting as the Lead Systems Integrator for the U.S. Army's Future Combat Systems (FCS) program, today announced the selection of IBM Corporation's Global Business Systems division of Bethesda, Md., as the provider of Logistics Data Management Service (LDMS) for FCS. LDMS is the FCS sustainment and supportability data management service that will be tightly integrated with the Army's Logistics Enterprise.
"LDMS will provide a network-enabled, performance-based logistics solution for the U.S. Army that will reduce the logistics footprint, increase operational availability and significantly lower life-cycle costs for FCS Brigade Combat Teams," said Dennis Muilenburg, vice president-general manager of Boeing Combat Systems and FCS program manager. "IBM has demonstrated that it is uniquely qualified to provide these capabilities for our nation's soldiers and will be a tremendous addition to the FCS best-of-industry One Team."
The LDMS will provide unprecedented access to complete life-cycle data for FCS logistics support, as well as configuration management, data analysis, and forecasting and planning. It will enable the collection, reporting and collaboration of logistics data on customer demands received from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), Standard Army Management Information Systems and Enterprise Resource Planning Systems. LDMS also will provide the status and location of national-level assets of FCS spares and repair parts from DoD, Army and partner systems.
IBM Corporation was selected as the LDMS provider based on technical merit, schedule integration, cost, management approach and past performance after a best-value evaluation process by the Lead Systems Integrator team and its government partners. The potential value of the LDMS Systems Development and Demonstration contract, which will be finalized this month and will run through 2014, is in excess of $65 million. Fielding is scheduled to begin in 2010.
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