Home' Army Acquisition Logistics and Technology Magazine : Army ALT January-March 2015 Contents number of radios to participate in a qual-
i cation test, involving straightforward
lab and eld assessments in a controlled
environment. Products that meet speci-
cations will proceed to an operational
test featuring Soldier scenarios in a more
dynamic environment. e operational
test results will inform the Army's selec-
tion of vendors, who will then compete
for delivery orders for each radio.
e strategy also includes on-ramp oppor-
tunities for vendors whose technologies
mature signi cantly following the rst
round of tests, and the Army is develop-
ing the protocols to support that process.
We must also be able to tailor the tests
to focus on speci c new features---such
as greater range, processing power or bat-
tery life ---as they emerge on the market,
without neglecting the rest of the system.
As with apps, the key to successful testing
supporting the radio marketplace will be
exibility and communication between
the acquisition and test communities, so
that we can decide in partnership how to
match the process to the product.
Aside from speci c capabilities, we have
taken other steps to deepen the acqui-
sition-test partnership that the future
force demands. For example, we are
holding regular summits and method-
ology discussions that unite program
managers and test experts as well as
a ected Army commands, to foster
dialogue and increase understanding of
various areas including cyber and the
collection of reliability, availability and
By helping program o ces grasp di er-
ent test techniques and boosting testers'
knowledge of the technologies they will
evaluate, these sessions contribute to suc-
cessful test preparation and execution,
saving time and cost. Additionally, as the
Army continues to re ne its cyber mis-
sion, assign responsibilities and identify
needed capabilities, we will need to apply
smart testing and procurement principles
so we can rapidly respond to and correct
vulnerabilities. ATEC, U.S. Army Cyber
Command and PEOs that provide defen-
sive and o ensive cyber capabilities are
contributing to an overall test strategy to
better examine cyberprotection early and
often at the system-of-systems level.
We are also moving forward together to
execute the Army's revised construct
for the NIE. Beginning in FY16, it
will become an annual event focused
on program-of-record testing. e new
Army War ghter Assessment, also held
at Fort Bliss, will take the place of the
other semiannual NIE event and provide
a more experimental venue to focus on
doctrinal development supporting new
technologies for Force 2025 and Beyond.
While Army leadership is still nalizing
several details of the transition, we believe
the new approach will make disciplined
use of test resources while continuing to
modernize the network incrementally for
the future force. Like other initiatives to
support Force 2025, the future NIE con-
struct will require the acquisition and test
communities to adapt in several areas,
from the timing of risk reduction and
training to holding tests at other venues
so that we continue to meet milestones.
In all of these cases, it is our role to work
together to provide the agility that will
translate the 2025 vision into reality.
For more information, visit http://www.atec.
army.mil/ or http://peoc3t.army.mil/c3t/;
or the articles at http://www.army.mil/
MG PETER D. UTLEY is the commanding
general of ATEC. He holds an M.A. in
national security and strategic studies from
the U.S. Naval War College and a B.S. in
biology from The Citadel, the Military
College of South Carolina.
MG DANIEL P. HUGHES is the PEO for
C3T. He holds an MBA from Oklahoma
City University, an M.S. in national
resource strategy from the Industrial
College of the Armed Forces and a B.A. in
political science from the University of Texas
at Arlington. He is Level III certified in
program management and a member of the
Army Acquisition Corps.
THE ARMY HAS
ITERATIVE PROCESS OF
TESTING THAT WILL
ALLOW FOR MAXIMUM
AND FLEXIBILITY FOR
EVOLVE IN AREAS SUCH
AS WEIGHT, RANGE,
AND BATTERY LIFE.
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