30 Mar 2011 By ANDREW CHUTER DefenseNews
LONDON - Failure to adequately fund logistics data system improvements is partially responsible for shortcomings in U.K. efforts to improve management of the supply chain, according to a report to be released March 31 by the National Audit Office (NAO). The government-spending watchdog said the key constraint to upgrading systems was the lower priority the Defence Ministry accorded to updating or replacing logistics data systems compared with purchasing new weapons. "Sufficient resources have not been available," it said. "The Department [the MoD] has identified its aging legacy IT [information technology] systems as a significant operational risk," the NAO said. With some of the data systems more than 30 years old and no longer supported by manufacturers, "the Defence Logistics Board recently raised the risk of failure in base warehouse inventory management systems to critical," the NAO said. Failure of the systems, which tell the MoD what assets it has and where, could lead to shortages on the front line within 30 days, the organization said.