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US Army Seeking Low-Signature Technologies to Enhance Stealth; Young Bang Quoted

As it intensifies its digital modernization, the U.S. Army is quickly acquiring and incorporating new technologies that expand the service branch’s toolkit in a contested geopolitical era. This process has introduced new capabilities that demand power at a range of signatures.

“We are literally a Christmas tree,” said the Army’s Young Bang when speaking at the TechNet Augusta conference in August, referring to how an increase in power usage for newly implemented technologies makes the U.S. a more glaring target for near-peer adversaries like China, who he said are digital natives and thus technologically formidable.

Bang will explore how Army leadership is weighing a need for warfighters to have instruments as soon as possible with the need for them to be cutting edge at ExecutiveBiz’s Army Acquisition Priorities Forum on Nov. 8. The breakfast event promises a concise rundown of new Army goals with informative dialogues about how industry can help. Register here!

The Army official, who serves as principal deputy assistant secretary for acquisition, logistics and technology, went on to note that the service branch is thus looking for low signature applications — those with a less detectable footprint. The Army Program Executive Office Integrated Warfare Systems is actively in search of such technologies.

But in order to properly fulfill what the Army is looking for, contractors need to gain an exacting awareness of the operations happening now and those that are imminent. Bang says the Army’s goal is to “stabilize, simplify and flatten” its tech systems, with an eye toward network, data, applications and infrastructure.

ExecutiveBiz’s upcoming Army Acquisition Priorities Forum is a great way to act on Bang’s call for industry understanding of the service branch’s needs. He will deliver the keynote address at the event as well participate in a panel discussion alongside Army colleagues and private sector representatives from EY, Capgemini Government Solutions and more. You don’t want to miss it: register to attend the Nov. 8 forum, which will be hosted at the Falls Church Marriott Fairview Park in Virginia.

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