Marine Corps, CGI Enter $34 Million Contract To Update Inventory Tracking System

The Marine Corps Platform Integration Center will be expanded under the contract to use automated technology and Internet of Things connectivity to track equipment. 

IT consulting firm CGI was awarded a new contract with the U.S. Marine Corps to help expand the military branch’s software integration platform to centralize business operations. 

Announced on Thursday, the contract with CGI will focus on building out the Marine Corps Platform Integration Center between eight bases. A central role of the MCPIC is supporting inventory tracking through digitally cataloging of vital mission equipment. The associated inventory data is available for end users to query with the help of automated identification and Internet of Things technology, all features CGI will likely develop on.

“We are honored that MCPIC has become the program of record at USMC,” said Chris Hetman, the CGI vice president. “We proudly support USMC [Marine]’s most complex, vital tasks—effectively managing their supply chain in delivering mission-critical equipment and supplies to the right place, at the right time. CGI constantly innovates and implements the latest technology—like MCPIC, a key engine for USMC—to automate USMC’s entire global inventory receiving process.”

Rather than focusing on explicit warfighting needs, MCPIC is a web-based application that supports inventory management and software compliance scores.  

The Marine Corps has been developing its MCPIC system for nearly a decade. In 2013, the branch included MCPIC in an order outlining its organizational management programs. Three Marine Corps outposts are currently using MCPIC. 

“MCPIC continues to have considerable impact on our operational baseline that helps us account for our assets,” Marine Corps Deputy Commander D.W. Elzie said. “We are thrilled to expand this partnership and level of professionalism to all Marine Corps bases.” 

The contract is expected to run for four years and cost about $34.4 million.