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GAO: Army Should Review Network Equipment Testing Methods

GAObuilding1The Government Accountability Office has recommended the U.S. Army review its testing approaches for procuring communications and networking equipment, Military Times reported Monday.

Nicole Blake Johnson writes GAO found the Army spent $1 billion on its Network Integration Evaluations within the last two years, aiming to identify which equipment the military needs.

GAO said NIE findings show inconsistencies with emerging consolidation platforms and technology products, which keep the Army from acquiring tools that meet Pentagon guidelines on acquisition and fielding processes, according to Military Times.

Johnson reports GAO also recommends the Army increase collaboration with industry experts for the tests.

“Without disputing the test findings and their implications, Army leadership indicates that this equipment addresses critical capability shortfalls and operational needs,” the GAO report says, according to Johnson’s story.

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