The U.S. Army released its Common Operating Environment Implementation Plan in an effort to modernize equipment and weapons around a common set of information technology standards.
The COE aims to reduce the development timeline, lower development cost and shorten the time required to integrate and certify systems.
“The Army COE Implementation Plan is based on the Guidance for ‘End State’ Army Enterprise Network Architecture developed by the Army’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) G6. The document contains approved technologies, products and standards. The G6 vision is grounded in the idea that technologies and programs can transition to this common computing environment, making it easier to leverage commercial innovation and synchronize emerging technologies with existing systems,” said ASA (ALT) Office of the Chief Systems Engineer Director Terry Edwards.
He continued, “Transitioning to the COE in accordance with the Implementation Plan represents a significant cultural shift in the way the Army will acquire and develop systems. The Plan is designed to tell industry upfront and with certainty the parameters within which Army applications and foundational software must fit. The plan is to establish an Ecosystem for each of the CE’s so that developers have access to architectures, foundational products, SDK’s and certification environments required for developing applications.”