Army unveils RDECOM laboratory to improve agile acquisition process
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- The new laboratory hub for C4ISR integration was officially launched here June 25 and will have the mission to ensure candidate systems for Network Integration Evaluations are integrated and field-ready prior to testing.
The C4ISR Systems Integration Laboratory, or CSIL, is the site for all lab-based risk reduction for systems prior to NIE. It provides a powerful resource that will be leveraged to identify and resolve bugs and ensure configuration settings and mission threads are validated prior to the field evaluation.
CSIL provides a simulated, advanced lab environment for engineers to assess, evaluate and integrate new capabilities onto current and next generation tactical networks.
“CSIL is the first chance where you are going to integrate new technologies as they are emerging, and enables the Army to get them into the Soldiers’ hands earlier,” said Joe Kobsar, chief engineer for the Communications–Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center’s Systems Engineering, Analysis, Modeling and Simulation division.
The concept for CSIL was formed in July 2011 as a way to help alleviate costs and find potential problems prior to field testing.