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Kathy Brown: US Army, Marine Corps Adopts Collaborative Acquisition to Equip Soldiers

joint-service-corporals-courseThe U.S. Army and Marine Corps plan to continue their collaborative efforts to develop and test uniforms and personal protective equipment for marines and soldiers.

Mathuel Browne of the Marine Corps Systems Command wrote in a blog post published Wednesday that the Cross-Service Warfighter Equipment Board and Improved Personal Protective Equipment System Integrated Product Team are among the forums that help the services to share technologies and develop services to update the equipment and uniforms for service members.

“While the Marine Corps and Army collaborate formally within CS-WEB and IPPES IPT, we continuously participate in each other’s equipment testing exercises to collect and share research data.” said Army Lt. Col. Kathy Brown, product manager for soldier protective equipment at PEO-Soldier.

“Through these formal and informal methods we’re able to share new technology and ideas to keep our service members equipped with the best gear,” added Brown.

Results of the Army and Marine Corps’ collaborative efforts included enhanced PPE, reduced weight, customized uniforms and development of equipment for extreme weather conditions.

The enhanced combat helmet built with lightweight materials and the Three Season Sleep System clothing are a few of the outcomes of the services’ joint efforts, according to Browne.

The Army and the Marine Corps also are currently developing the Plate Carrier Generation III vest to provide comfort and mobility to marines and soldiers, Browne wrote.

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