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Army Reviews Comms Systems to Update IT Procurement Strategy

The U.S. Army has begun to assess its entire communications system as part of efforts to streamline the military branch’s information technology procurement process, Breaking Defense reported Wednesday.

Acting Army Secretary Robert Speer and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley told reporters that the review will produce recommendations on streamlining IT acquisition and that some of the recommendations will be sent to Defense Secretary James Mattis for his strategic readiness review.

“What we want to make sure is that the Army, as part of a joint force, has the ability to effectively conduct mission command,” said Milley.

“A key component of that is to be able to communicate — voice, digital, video, and so on — in any environment, globally… and against any foe,” he added.

The report said Milley expects the service branch to complete the system review in four to six weeks.

He noted the Army will coordinate some recommendations with the Joint Staff and the Defense Department as well as authorization and appropriations committees in Congress.

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