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Army Sets Interoperable IT Acquisition Plan

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The Army has published its implementation plan in order to acquire and make technology assets more interoperable, an Army acquisition director told Federal News Radio.

Terry Edwards, a director of system-of-systems integration, said the Common Operating Environment will enable the Army to deliver interoperable technologies and capabilities to the warfighter.

The implementation guide will put into action industry-led guidelines directing the Army on how to purchase future technologies and pursue its projects, according to Federal News Radio.

Edwards said the Army cannot take a one-size-fits-all approach to all of its projects, but it will be able to streamline certain areas through its six category plan.

The six categories in the plan include:

  • mounted systems
  • command post systems
  • real-time safety systems
  • sensors
  • mobile handheld
  • cloud-based data center technologies
The Army will enforce rules in each category that govern what it can buy and develop internally, according to the report.
Guidance will evolve as new standards and technologies are introduced, the report said.

Edwards said the Army will see evidence of COE implementation by 2013, when the Army deploys the next set of software to the field.

Changes in areas such as cloud computing occur sooner since they are emerging spaces already, Edwards explained.

Edwards said the Army and Marines frequently purchase similar products, which could be an opportunity for interoperability across divisions.

Edwards notes that the Army is paying attention to what the Defense Information Systems Agency is trying to do, such as creating interoperable services across the Defense Department community with cloud computing.

Edwards also said a common operating environment spanning the Pentagon enterprise should not be expected anytime soon.

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