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the di erent vendors were linked directly
in the same environment. After every
mission, Soldiers were asked if they could
tell the di erence between using pieces
of equipment that came from the same
vendor and using paired equipment from
di erent vendors. e PM SMS team
knew that their work had paid o when
the Soldiers' feedback indicated that they
couldn't tell the di erence.
Leading up to the operational excur-
sion at WSMR, Kissinger assumed
responsibility for guring out a new test
methodology for this process, in close
collaboration with both vendors. " e
interoperability e ort presented a unique
challenge to the government team in
terms of establishing requirements and
structuring a test and evaluation plan for
the interoperable system con gurations,"
he said. Coordination with both vendors
was key to ensuring that all parties were
in agreement regarding the established
test methodology and procedures.
e government facilitated and per-
formed all test events and included early
software integration assessments during
development of the interoperable sys-
tems. Testing of the nal deliverable
hardware included functional veri ca-
tion performed by PM SMS, laboratory
characterization performed by the Night
Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate
(NVESD), and an operational assessment
performed by the U.S. Army Test and
Evaluation Command with Soldiers from
NVESD, an element of the U.S. Army
Development and Engineering Center.
"It was crucial to have the program o ce
actively functioning as an engaged inter-
mediary throughout the whole process,"
Tiano o ered a nal piece of advice to
any program o ces working in a similar
situation. "Be proactive and upfront in
de ning the requirements, and involve
the suppliers in the process. Describe
what success looks like and the resulting
bene ts to the war ghter. Clearly de ne
the test requirements to prove hardware
PEO Soldier had taken earlier steps, as
well, to address the challenge of inte-
grating Soldiers' clothing, helmets, body
armor, weapons, night vision and other
equipment with the 2015 establishment
of a product director for Soldier systems
and integration, to ensure that the cloth-
ing and equipment developed by di erent
project managers could work together.
PEO Soldier created working groups
to bring together members of di erent
project management o ces, enhancing
coordination. " is came about partly
because of our continuing e ort to pro-
vide new and more powerful capabilities
for the Soldier, and partly because of our
focus on integration and lightening the
Soldier's load," said Lt. Col. Anthony E.
Douglas, the current PM SMS.
By looking at integration and interoper-
ability earlier in the acquisition process,
PEO Soldier is stepping up its game on
second- and third-order integration with
weapons, body armor and helmets. Sol-
diers already mount night vision devices
on their helmets, and put weapon sights
and aiming lasers on their weapons.
Technology is opening many new pos-
sibilities for equipment to communicate
and work together.
e acquisition process will continue to
adapt to meet Soldiers' and ta xpayers'
needs, but we, as acquisition profession-
als, often are unsure how those reforms
translate to the individual program
level. e task for us is to nd ways to
meet those needs by trying to streamline
processes and existing requirements in
innovative ways that make sense and save
the ta xpayers money.
For more information, contact the PEO
Soldier Public Affairs Office at 703-704-
2802 or go to http://www.peosoldier.
type=general. Or go to the websites of the
PM SSL at http://www.peosoldier.army.
mil/programs/pmssl/ and the product
director for Soldier systems and integra-
tion at http://www.peosoldier.army.mil/
MAJ. NICHOLAS BREEN, until recently
the assistant product manager for FWS-I
at PEO Soldier, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, is
now a portfolio manager in the O ce of
the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army
for Plans, Programs and Resources at the
Pentagon. He has an M.A. in liberal arts
from Johns Hopkins University and a B.S.
in political science from the University
of Nebraska at Kearney. He is Level II
certi ed in program management.
FWS-I is setting
a new standard
across the Army
for partnering with
industry and cross-
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