$30 million Command and Control system delayed

Hurry up and wait, defence contractors told

Progress on the $30 million IT-based Joint Command and Control System for Defence has been further delayed.

Cabinet approved the project in July after twice deferring a decision.

Now, Defence itself seems to have been tardy in providing a contract for a consultancy to write the specifications for the invitation to register interest (ITR).

Computerworld understands the consultancy had staff earmarked to write the ITR but has since redeployed them because of the delay. Now, the consultancy won’t be able to write the ITR till well after Christmas, even if it receives a contract in the near future.

The JCCS project is designed to implement an automated command and control system for the Defence Force. The system will collect, collate, process, display, store, disseminate and project command and control information in real time. It will enable elements of all three services to work together by enhancing the decision-making processes. Current command and control systems are largely manual and paper-based.

Potential IT vendors for the JCCS include Unisys, EDS, and a consortium that includes Australian Defence Industries and Northrop Grumman.

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