The Army has launched the Soldier Technology Suggestion Portal that lets soldiers provide feedback on equipment directly to military scientists, department officials announced last week.
The portal operates through Army Knowledge Online and will allow soldiers to submit both classified and unclassified concerns.
“We as a Command have to give every Warfighter in theater, both in Iraq and Afghanistan, the ability to reach back into RDECOM,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Hector Marin, U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command’s senior noncommissioned officer. “It’s extremely important because one of the things we struggle with is getting instant feedback from the Warfighter.”
The goal of the portal is to speed up communication by removing obstacles between the battlefield and laboratory, army officials said.
According to the Army, to access the portal, Soldiers may go to the RDECOM website at www.army.mil/rdecom. They would click the link, “Soldier Technology Suggestion Portal,” in the left-hand column to obtain an AKO address. Technology questions, ideas or suggestions must be submitted through a Secret Internet Protocol Router Network terminal.