The U.S. Marine Corps has launched the upgraded version of a tool intended to monitor and report everyday maintenance and supply operations.
The Global Combat Support System-Marine Corps was updated in August from Release 11 to Release 12, the service branch said Wednesday.
The tool offers newer software and security patches, aiming to better safeguard the Marines' supply and maintenance data. It contains a customizable dashboard and embedded analytics platform; the R11 variant can't be edited and can only display data.
Chris Melkonian, deputy program manager of GCSS-MC, said transitioning to the R12 has been challenging, as the program team had to check 40,000 lines of code to ensure the new version would be functional. "This critical upgrade provides our Marines with a modern reporting and business intelligence capability, strengthens the [service branch's] cybersecurity posture, increases audit readiness and sets the condition for fielding additional capabilities in the future," Melkonian commented.
The effort was made possible via the Marine Corps' systems command, installation and logistics, headquarters and cyberspace operations group; Program Executive Officer Enterprise Information Systems and the Kansas City Information Technology Center.