The U.S. Army is overhauling its relationship with technology providers to incorporate a new class of capabilities. Army leaders agree that the future state of the service must feature a network that is survivable, protected, intuitive, standards-based, interoperable, sustainable and, above all, highly mobile. This is a tall order, so the service plans to move away from activities such as overprescribing requirements to its industry partners and instead assume a position where it is articulating its intent, a process that’s being described as “adapt and buy.”
This strategic shift will create unprecedented opportunities for warfighters as well as the commercial sector, but gathering intelligence about the coming changes will be key to their success. As part of its mission to provide an ethical discussion forum, AFCEA is hosting this critical conversation between government, industry and academia to ensure a better understanding about the opportunities and expectations this shift in strategy will create. The 2018 AFCEA Army Signal Conference will feature expanded government participation, industry solution presentations and networking opportunities that are being designed to deliver more value to attendees and exhibitors from all sectors. Space is limited, so early registration is highly recommended.