Steffanie Easter: Army Continues Efforts to Update Acquisition of Tech for Warfighters

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Steffanie Easter, acting assistant secretary of the U.S. Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, has said that the service branch took steps to update the current process of equipping new technologies to warfighters.

Easter noted that the Army started to issue incremental releases of requests for proposals in a move to speed up the current acquisition process and boost its effectiveness, the service branch said Friday.

She added that the service branch also looks to ensure that new employees have acquired all required certifications and performed all training activities prior to their first day on the job.

The acting assistant secretary also urged the Army to filter 800 current programs of record and prioritize the needs of the service branch to avoid expenses from unnecessary projects and mitigate the ineffectiveness of outdated programs.

Ellen Lord, under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, said that the Defense Department should also evaluate the industrial base to anticipate potential shortages if contracts are terminated.

Lord added the industrial base must also be prepared to ramp up production in case the department needs to address peer adversaries.

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