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GAO: Army ignores some NIE lessons

Aug. 23, 2013 - 03:45AM   |  
By Michael Peck   |   Comments
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The Army is not making the most of its Network Integration Evaluations, according to a Government Accountability Office report.

“The Army is not taking full advantage of the potential knowledge that could be gained from the NIEs, and some resulting Army decisions are at odds with knowledge accumulated during the NIEs,” the GAO concluded.

NIEs, of which there have been five since 2011, offer the chance to evaluate network components in a combined event and to assess the broader network. However, “despite poor results in developmental testing, the Army moved forward to operational testing for several systems during the NIEs and they demonstrated similarly poor results. Yet the Army plans to buy and field several of these systems.”

Conversely, the Army evaluated several promising network technologies during these tests, yet failed to acquire them because it lacked a procurement strategy, according to the report.

The GAO also said there are tensions between the acquisition and test communities. The Army is attempting to remedy these problems, including conducting lab tests to weed out immature technologies.

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