Army Looks Toward Realistic, Interoperable Test Beds

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October 23, 2017 | Originally published by Date Line: October 23 on

As the Army moves away from a fragmented approach to development, leaders want to bring multiple systems together. In a perfect world, everything would be interoperable, but to get there, engineers need to start with an interoperable development environment.

“The Army does very well in fielding programs on a case-by-case basis, but as it moves toward a system-of-systems construction, it doesn’t have the ability to test in that way,” said Sherri Bystrowski, acting director, Army Common Operating Environment (COE).

A new testing methodology known as the Federated Integration Environment, or FIE, aims to close that gap.

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