U.S. Army opens NIE 14.2 to foreign vendors
April 30, 2013
By Ian Davis
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (April 30, 2013) --The U.S. Army is opening its Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) 14.2 to foreign vendors and will host an Industry Day on June 25, 2013 at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. to update foreign and domestic vendors on NIE 14.2 objectives and status.
The goal of the event is to keep the industrial base informed of upcoming requirements to support the Network Integration Evaluation 14.2 to be held in May 2014. The Industry Day will outline NIE participation opportunities and provide an overview of the NIE 14.2 sources sought notification that the government will release early June. The sources sought will solicit industry participation in NIE 14.2. The event is open to both U.S. and foreign vendors and government representatives.
"The Army will continue to operate in Joint and coalition settings and it is important that as the NIE process and integrated tactical network technologies continue to evolve that we include foreign vendor participation and innovation. Their contributions to the NIE process will help ensure that our scalable tactical network can meet the challenges of these environments," said Col. Robert Carpenter, Director of System of Systems Integration.
Foreign vendors will need to complete three visit requests prior to May 18, 2013 for admission to the June 25, 2013 NIE 14.2 Industry Day. Presentations will review candidate evaluation methods, lessons learned from past NIEs, and laboratory assets that are available to conduct candidate assessments. Additionally, an overview of NIE 14.2 Sources Sought capability gaps will be presented.
Detailed foreign vendor information procedures and the registration process for all interested vendors in NIE 14.2 Industry Day are outlined on the Federal Business Opportunity website.