Army has recommended 36 systems for fielding through NIE process

The four Army Network Integration Evaluations conducted since May 2011 have resulted in the recommendation for the fielding of 36 new systems and 24 of those have received funding and are scheduled to be deployed, the Army said in a Feb. 26 news release.
The NIEs were designed to integrate and mature the Army's tactical network through a series of semi-annual evaluations. The evaluations also have driven cost savings and streamlined the process of getting capabilities into the hands of soldiers quicker.
Operational assessments conducted in NIEs have enabled the Army to introduce industry network capabilities into an operational environment, said BG Randal A. Dragon, commanding general of the Brigade Modernization Command, Army Capabilities Integration Center, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command.
He pointed out some significant findings within the 21-month life cycle of the NIE during the Association of the United States Army's winter symposium and exposition.
"Just looking at [NIE] 11.2, we documented over six billion dollars in cost avoidance of programs that were reduced or killed based on results that we achieved [at NIE]," Dragon said.
Four NIEs have been conducted so far during which a total of 143 systems were reviewed, Dragon said.
Considerable progress has been made in developing a tactically deployable digital network, maturing the ability to perform mission command on-the-move functions, extending the network to the soldier level and developing procedures to quickly organize or reorganize. The past four NIEs have set the stage for future innovation and integration as the Agile Process moves forward, Dragon said.
"We're trying to set the stage for a joint and multinational effort in 14.2," Dragon said. "And so we're looking across functions -- intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, close air support, air ground integration, interoperability -- to progress from 13.2 to 14.1 to 14.2, with the major objectives focused on joint entry operations and the capabilities of the joint network."

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