A new Website
has been launched by a technology consulting firm and
government contractor that will allow any U.S. military member to
submit requests for products and tools that could make their jobs
easier and safer.
Gestalt is the contractor who operates the Website, www.TroopIdeas.com
and says that it will evaluate the requests and then either determine
to make the requested equipment, tools and/or technology itself, or
forward the request on to an appropriate area of the Department of
Gestalt said that it got the Website idea after talking
with soldiers who had recently returned from combat zones in the Middle
East. The soldiers relayed stories of the differences that even
simple technology and crucial equipment can make; and Gestalt realized
that input from these soldiers was not being heard by the U.S.
Department of Defense in a timely manner, since often several branches
of the military are involved in such requests and the red tape is
Gestalt’s idea is to consider the concern, build a prototype
of the equipment that can address it (or job out the equipment build)
and then present the prototype to the military leadership as a solution
for the critical need.
Hopefully this will keep the military from buying $5,000 Leathermen!