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FCW Forum: How would you improve the FAR?

At last week's LandWarNet conference, several top military officials argued that cumbersome acquisition regulations make it difficult for the services to keep up with the latest technology. This is true when it comes to major programs, which can take years to carry out, during which time commercial products might go through several generations of development.

During Operation Iraqi Freedom 1, for example, the Marines installed a massive communications network. Brig. Gen. George Allen, director of command, control, communications and computers for the Marine Corps, said the project used the latest available technologies "from an acquisition point of view, but which in fact were four years old," he said. "We had to buy new Dell servers and Cisco [System] routers to get the network to work" as intended.

"When you’re talking switchers and routers, they change every six months," Allen said, but Federal Acquisition Regulation rules don’t allow the necessary flexibility to keep networks evolving to meet emerging needs. (Click here to read the complete story by GCN honcho and intrepid reporter Wyatt Kash.)

What changes would you recommend to the FAR or to standard procurement practices? Post a comment.

Posted by John Stein Monroe on Aug 24, 2007 at 12:12 PM


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