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Army Issues Sources Sought for NIE 14.1

by Matt Cox on January 7, 2013

The U.S. Army has released a Sources Sought notice, inviting defense companies to try to improve the service’s existing network in the upcoming Network Integration Evaluation 14.1 this fall at Fort Bliss, Texas and White Sands Missile Range, N.M.

The purpose of the Sources Sought notice is to identify emerging capabilities to be evaluated against a set of entrance criteria for an opportunity to participate in NIE 14.1, according to an Army press release.

The Army’s System of Systems Integration Directorate is looking for solutions to capability gaps in “Brigade/Battalion Command Post (CP) Mobility and Scalability, Network Visualization on the Common Operational Picture (COP), Aerial layer Network Extension – Provide assured access for terrestrial network, Integrated Network Assurance – Network Access Control, Operational Energy – Energy sources with extended duration and power, Operational Energy – Monitor and manage system power, supply and demand, and Operational Energy – Reduce reliance on petroleum-based energy,” the release states.

The Army is seeking only those solutions that are at the representative model or prototype system stage and that have been tested in a relevant environment, according to the release. 

“A highlight of NIE 14.1 will be the implementation of the common operating environment, while also looking beyond the network allowing the Army to assess non-networked Operational Energy systems,” said Col. Rob Carpenter, director of the SoSI. “Solutions being sought in NIE 14.1 will help inform Capability Sets and the NIE construct as it matures to a Joint environment in NIE 14.2.”

In December, the Army issued the first Request for Proposal (RFP) to support the NIE events.

The semi-annual NIE is helping shape “agile” capability integration by assessing soldier provided and technical operational test data to influence not only how the Army procures capability, but also how integrated network capability requirements are validated and refined, Army officials maintain. These evaluations also shape the ways the Army will field, train, sustain and continuously improve capability acquisition and life cycle management and provide a relevant operational test environment to meet mandatory program of record test requirements, officials say.

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Lance January 7, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Glad to see that some Army R&D project make a good product I like to see the new NIE radios they look nice and light weight.


tmb2 January 7, 2013 at 6:27 pm

"The Army is seeking only those solutions that are at the representative model or prototype system stage and that have been tested in a relevant environment, according to the release."

My favorite part of the article.


SJE January 8, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Yes! We want something that works and a price that we can be reasonably sure of now. Thank you, Lockmart, but we will not be giving you $1billion for advanced research to ressurect Steve Jobs so he can design new milspec iPhones.


crackedlenses January 8, 2013 at 7:14 pm

If 1 billion is all it takes for Lockheed to bring back the dead, what are we waiting for? ;)…..


red2429 January 8, 2013 at 5:48 am

Great!! More cool guy crap to carry around.


Noha307 January 8, 2013 at 11:15 am

Good lord! This whole article is one lump of unintelligible jargon! I expect as much from the military, but Defense Tech? Come on, you're supposed to help us understand, not make it MORE confusing.

I think they want some sort of communication device. Beyond that, I have no idea.


Dan Gao January 15, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Any article on the Army's NIE or WIN-T programs are like this, it's ridiculously hard to decipher


Uncle Bill January 9, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Did DT die?


Dwayne January 10, 2013 at 1:05 pm

DT to prove readiness for OT is what it should state.


unperturb July 2, 2014 at 7:18 am

This person does not have to be a photographer, but someone who can be there
and carry any equipment would like to bring with you.
Actually black and white film is the chosen film media of master photographers all over the world.
As I got older I really wanted a nicer camera so I bought one and couldn’t wait to get the pictures developed asap.


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