Navy Pacific chief calls for more simulation tests of IT

Navy Pacific chief calls for more simulation tests of IT

The military needs to speed the pace and fix the process of acquiring IT products and services, said Adm. Dennis C. Blair, commander in chief of the Navy's Pacific Command. To get new technologies to warfighters faster, Blair said, products need more testing in realistically simulated situations.

'The pace of change of IT is good. Not so good is the rate at which the armed forces have turned technology into real capabilities,' he said. 'We have the technology, but we have not provided it to our warfighters.'

Blair was the keynote luncheon speaker Tuesday at the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association's AFCEA West 2002 conference in San Diego. He said current acquisition methods fail to put system engineers and developers in touch with users to gauge their real needs.

Furthermore, the acquisition process is failing to meet evolving requirements, he said. The outcome is what he called a 'broken process' with missed opportunities and wasted money. Acquisition is left up to individual services, he said, whereas the military's mission set by Operation Enduring Freedom is joint, interoperable activities.

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