Technology will aid the Army’s future sustainment capabilities

Technology will aid the Army’s future sustainment capabilities

The Army needs industry’s help to take better advantage of today’s technology, said Lt. Gen. Aundre F. Piggee, Army G-4, at a recent Association of the United States Army Institute of Land Warfare Hot Topic symposium.

Over the past 50 years, industry has surpassed the military in technology advancement and capability, Piggee said. In turn, the Army continues to use outdated logistical processes to maintain some of its top technology.

For example, the Army inspector general recently found outdated software on several maintenance support devices, Piggee said. To update each device, the Army has to send out a CD-ROM, a form of outdated technology, and hope that it makes it to the right people who have the proper authority to update the system.

“I have an iPhone,” he said. “Last week, I got a text saying that the latest iOS update was available. If I don’t update my phone in a week, someone will come knocking on my door.”

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