U.S. Army Makes Unauthorized Software Installations; Settles for $50 Million
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – A tech firm blew the whistle on the United States Army after discovering $180 million in unauthorized software installations, according to The Post, and has now settled a copyright infringement dispute for $50 million.
Apptricity – an Irving, Tx.-based company which keeps offices in Washington, D.C. – announced its settlement with the military branch in a press release, after seeking compensation for roughly 100 server and 9,000 device licenses the U.S. Army had installed around the world, without paying.
The firm had been providing software to the government, designed to track troops electronically, and in real-time, with everything from the movement of military units, to the delivery of supplies to military bases, by ground and by air; an integral component in ensuring troops’ safety overseas.
Apptricity said the settlement represents only a fraction of the software’s negotiated contract value, or in more clear terms — a fraction of the rate the government would have paid had the Army installed the software by the books.
The Army has used the logistics software across the Middle East, Apptricity said, as well as to coordinate emergency management initiatives, including relief efforts following the Jan. 2010 earthquake in Haiti.