Army speeds acquisition of networking equipment

The Army is taking a new approach to purchasing networking equipment to electronically connect soldiers on the battlefield by buying in smaller quantities and testing systems before acquiring them, the Washington Post reports.

The approach is different from the major developmental programs of the past; service officials say they’re holding regular meetings with industry officials seeking to involve them earlier in the acquisition process, the article said.

Before equipment goes to the test range, the Army meets with applicants who want to demonstrate their systems, the story added. Companies with promising technology are invited to bring their products into labs where they are tested with the existing network technology. The service will work with the company to identify weaknesses or problems the company can then fix and retest to improve the systems, the story also said.

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