Department of Defense IT: Years late and billions over-budget

A report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) highlights $6.9 billion in over-budget IT projects at the Department of Defense (DoD). These projects were originally budgeted at $14.7 billion.

In addition to describing problems, the GAO analysis provides excellent advice that private-sector business leaders can apply immediately to improve their IT success rate.

Most of the late, over-budget Defense portfolio consists of ten large ERP projects. These projects are intended to “replace over 500 legacy systems that reportedly costs hundreds of millions of dollars to operate annually.”

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