Army pilots app marketplace to speed development and procurement

The Army is working with Raytheon to build a mobile apps store that will encourage collaboration and streamline app procurement.

The pilot for the app store will be a six-month effort based on Raytheon's AppSmart applications marketplace, a tool that not only helps develop apps and access content, but also features a "marketplace that connects app developers to customers, helping them manage license agreements so that they get capabilities into the hands of tactical-edge users quickly and securely," said Mark Bigham, vice president of business development for defense and civil mission solutions at Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems.

The program initially will support the Army's intelligence service and intelligence agencies, and will be integrated with DISA's mobile application infrastructure, according to AOL Government's Henry Kenyon. Interest in the app store software also has been expressed by the Library of Congress, law enforcement agencies and FEMA, the company told AOL.

A variety tools are available through the store that in-house developers can use, such as applications development kits and standards templates. Applications developed by third parties would be vetted through a qualification and testing process before they are made available to DOD and government users, AOL reported

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