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Pentagon Looking to Ensure Latest IT Equipment Through New Procurement Strategy

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Defense Department officials are working to find ways around purchasing equipment with outdated technologies, Federal News Radio reports.

Often times when the military places large orders for equipment like tanks which can take years to complete, the IT equipment is already obsolete by the time it reaches the battlefield.

This is why the Pentagon is exploring a new partial solution method that would enable the military to place orders for equipment with IT hook-ups, but not the actual IT devises, according to Federal News Radio.

Once complete, the Pentagon would then purchase the latest commercial off-the-shelf IT equipment available and plug it into whatever system it wishes.

“Buy the new radio off-the-shelf or from some vendor who’s got the best thing going that interoperates with the standards that are set already, and plug it in. To me, that’s the way of the future. That’s the way of IT,” Maj. Gen. Mark Bowman, director of command, control, communications and computers (C4) for the Joint Staff told Federal News Radio.

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