2013 Report details for project: Defence Core Network Services

Project name: Defence Core Network Services - there are 3 reports for this project: 2013, 2014, 2015
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Organisation: MOD (D17) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year: 2013 (data is from Sept 2012)
Category: ICT - see all reports for this category
Description: DCNS is the programme responsible for replacing Defence’s major information and communications systems, including computers, telephones, and video-conferencing, and the networks that they use, both in the UK and deployed overseas, either permanently or on specific operations. The scope of the DCNS approach is initially focussed on replacing what is currently provided by Defence Electronic Commerce Service (DECS), Defence Fixed Telecommunications Service, Defence Information Infrastructure (DII), Defence High Frequency Communication Services and SkyNet contracts. However, it is intended to expand the approach incrementally to cover all Information Services and Systems (ISS) projects and programmes. Under DCNS, ISS is developing a new acquisition programme approach that is based upon the following key principles: (a) The adoption of a Services Portfolio approach; (b) A Target Supply Chain Model; (c) The creation of a Target Operating Model; (d) Construction of an ISS Delivery Programme
DCA (RAG): Red
DCA text: Significant and ongoing engagement took place between the Programme, MOD officials and their Cabinet Office counterparts to clearly articulate the case for extension of DII contracts and the implications of not doing so. Separately, Cabinet Office engaged with Hewlett-Packard (the main supplier within the DII contract) at global level. MOD supported this engagement by driving down the cost of the proposed extension. This culminated in spend approval being given by Cabinet Office Ministers on 30 April 13 which resolved the issues driving the MPA's poor September 2012 Delivery Confidence Assessment. Following the original MPA PAR assessment of AMBER/RED in July 12 an Action Plan was initiated to address the recommendations of that PAR. To date the vast majority of the proposed actions have been completed satisfactorily. A small number of residual actions were predicated on the appointment of an Industry Strategic Partner to the programme. This appointment was made in March 13 and it is anticipated that the residual actions will be addressed as a matter of urgency by the Strategic Partner in conjunction with the DCNS Programme.
Start date: 2009-12-01
End date: 2020-03-01
Schedule text: While DCNS has continued to make progress with the EMPORIUM (DECS replacement) Interim Purchase to Payment contract signed on time in Dec 12, the delay in approval for GRAPEVINE 1 (DII extension) was a significant deviation from the planned schedule for that element of the programme. Remedial action to gain approval and bring GRAPEVINE 1 back on track was successful as outlined above in the "Departmental Actions Narrative on RAG" box. Separately, work has been maintained to progress other elements of the DCNS programme through the adoption of a working assumption that the GRAPEVINE 1 Business Case would be approved. This approach has reduced the impact of the delay to that approval that might otherwise have been had on other elements of the programme
Baseline: £18.00m
Forecast: £13.79m
Variance: -23.39%
Variance text: The forecast figure £13.79m includes elements of the programme that have since been removed, and on current data should read £10M. The variance of 2012/13 forecast costs of £10m against budgeted costs of £18m can be attributed to slippage of planned activities (-£1.1M) and approval delays (-£6.9M).
Whole Life Cost: £5,051.05m
WLCost text: WLC includes sunk costs of £26M (FY10/11 to FY12/13) and FY13/14 10 year costed plan of £5,025M.
Sourcefile: MOD_2013.csv

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