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a training developer, a materiel devel-
oper, a combat developer---the better you
stop doing things that are stupid, or you
advance things with real potential."
THE AGILE PROCESS
At the epicenter of the Army's adoption
of a faster, more adaptive and respon-
sive capability acquisition process is the
semiannual Network Integration Evalua-
tion (NIE) at Fort Bliss and the adjacent
White Sands Missile Range, NM.
In a realistic training ground larger than
Fort Bragg, NC, Fort Hood, TX, and the
National Training Center at Fort Irwin,
CA, combined, the Army can evaluate
materiel capabilities, organizational capa-
bilities, and possibly training capabilities,
Walker said, by putting them in the hands
of Soldiers in a brigade operational con-
text and in both wide-area security and
combined arms maneuver environments.
The NIE's potential for agility goes beyond
formal tests for programs of record, Walker
said. "What if you just want to look at
something? ... We call that a system under
evaluation and determine whether or not
we want to continue with it. You save a lot
of time, money, and effort that way. "
The Nett Warrior system, an integrated
situational awareness tool being devel-
oped by PEO Soldier for dismounted
leaders' use in combat, is a prime example
of the NIE's benefits, said COL(P) John B.
Morrison Jr., Coordinator, LandWarNet/
Battle Command in the Office of the
Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/-5/-7, during
a forum Oct. 11 titled "LandWarNet:
Powering America's Army."
Soldier feedback on Nett Warrior dur-
ing the first NIE said that it was based on
the wrong requirements, Morrison said.
Within two months, the Army formally
revised the requirements. Two years ago,
the Army would have fielded the uncor-
rected version without benefit of that
early Soldier feedback, Morrison said.
"That's what the NIE's all about," he said.
Nett Warrior is also an example of how
requirements, fiscal realities, the commer-
cial industry, and operational changes can
converge for the betterment of Soldier
equipment, said BG(P) Camille M. Nich-
ols, Program Executive Officer Soldier.
Speaking during a forum Oct. 11 titled
"The Squad: Foundation of the Decisive
Force," Nichols said, "We're going to con-
tinue to analyze what we've fielded right
now and continue to shape that into the
best situational awareness tool that we can
get to the squad leader and above."
"... Dialogue with industry is important
throughout the process. We can't just wait
until we are looking for a particular solu-
tion to begin to engage with industry,"
said Donald Sando, Director, Capabilities
Development and Integration Directorate,
U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excel-
lence, during the same forum.
Annual or semiannual engagements, such
as the typical Industry Days, are not
enough, Sando said. "There has to be
continuous dialogue. ... Industry can not
only help us find the solution set that's
out there, but help us also understand
...the challenges we face.
"We may not be able to precisely tell
[industry] where we are going in the
future, but if we can describe the axis
of modernization that we want to move
to, then that allows everybody who is
interested in it to spend some time and
resources toward a solution," he said.
Success in the current climate is about
collaboration, said LTG William N. Phil-
lips, Military Deputy to the ASAALT
and Director, Acquisition Career Man-
agement. "We have to take advantage
of every tax dollar that we get from the
American public," he said during the
modernization forum. "That requires
PEOs and PMs to work with the TCMs
[TRADOC capability managers] and the
TRADOC community, and to make sure
that we get it right for our Soldiers.
"We must go into programs knowing the
maturity of our systems and fill some
capabilities Soldiers can use quickly, and
then ... incrementally build. This is about
doing the right thing for Soldiers."
MARGARET C. ROTH is the Senior Editor
of Army AL&T Magazine. She holds a B.A.
in Russian language and linguistics from the
University of Virginia. Roth has more than
a decade of experience in writing about the
Army and more than two decades' experience
in journalism and public relations.
YOU CAN'T DRAW DOWN YOUR END STRENGTH FAST ENOUGH TO
OFFSET THOSE CUTS. SO THE BRUNT OF THOSE CUTS WILL
COME IN MODERNIZATION AND TRAINING ACCOUNTS. "
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