Doug Bedell — June 1, 2009, 9:17 am

Army Switching to In-House Contracting

Anyone seeking to sell security systems to the U.S. Army should be aware that the Army is switching to a centralized, in-house engineering acquisition system.

“We realized there was nobody [with systems engineering expertise] looking across all of our programs,” said Ross Guckert, assistant deputy for acquisition and systems integration at the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology.

For example, the Army has had 16 different battle command systems on record. A unified battle command system will be the new organization’s pilot program.

How this new acquisition approach will relate to purchasing security systems is something that vendors will want to follow and understand.

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