Archive: Open Architecture

An E/A-18 Growler electronic attack aircraft in the foreground shadowed by a F/A-18 Super Hornet. Photo by Boeing.

NAVAIR Chief Envisions ‘Bottoms Up’ Open Architecture Approach On Next Generation Aircraft

The chief of Naval Air Systems Command, Vice Adm. David Dunaway, believes system integration designs of next-generation aircraft should be centered on an open architecture approach that allows for components and systems to be added or swapped under a service arrangement. Dunaway, speaking Wednesday at the American Society of Naval Engineers symposium, said that in […]

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee

HASC Chair: Congress Should Get More Assertive On Open Architecture Solutions

The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), believes Congress should ask more questions about whether the Pentagon is adequately pursuing open architecture solutions in systems, and said he will take a look at the issue as part of his effort to reform the acquisition process. Thornberry did not say whether […]


Get Open Architectures In S&T Phase, Senior Acquisition Official Says

As the Pentagon moves to implement open architecture solutions into acquisition programs, a senior official believes they should also be brought to bear while the technologies and systems are in the very early stages of research and development. Katrina McFarland, the assistant secretary of defense for acquisition, said there are no barriers as to where […]


DARPA Chief: Specialized Computing Architectures Needed as Moore’s Law Winds Down

As most defense technologies are shifting to an open systems architecture, the director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) said computers and microprocessors may only become more advanced if they switch to specialized architectures. Arati Prabhakar, who launched DARPA’s Microelectronics Technology Office and spent years in Silicon Valley before taking over as DARPA’s […]

An MK 15 Baseline 2 Phalanx close-in weapon system (CIWS). Photo: U.S. Navy

Navy Chief Cites Need For Open, Modular Designs

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert recently said that the service needs to focus on open, modular designs to make ships and systems more easily and rapidly upgradable to save money and get the best possible capability. Greenert said the Navy can no longer afford lengthy upgrade periods for highly integrated systems without embracing […]

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Integrating Open Systems On The EMS Poses Challenges, Army, Navy Officials Say

The integration of open architecture solutions on systems operating on the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) must include considering the overall operating environment on the EMS and threats posed in the cyberspace, according to Army and Navy officials. Richard Wittstruck, the acting deputy director in the Army’s program office for intelligence, electronic warfare and sensors, said at […]

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NAVAIR Chief and Senior Army Officer: Deal With Data Rights Up Front

Two senior Navy and Army acquisition officers say commands need to be upfront in addressing their data rights requirements with contractors and do a better job of following through to ensure that required intellectual property is acquired. Vice Adm. David Dunaway, the commander of Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), and Lt. Gen. Michael Williamson, the […]

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Panel: OA Innovation in C4ISR Is Reducing Costs and Not Sacrificing Capabilities

The future of open architecture innovation in C4ISR requires the government to define and publish open standards that contractors can then use to provide more cost effective products and services, several industry representatives said this week. Current systems are unsustainable and a revolutionary approach is needed to reduce costs without sacrificing capabilities, Bill Ott, vice […]

Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Deputy Director Air Force Brig. Gen. Kenneth Todorov. Photo: Air Force.

Though MDA Embraces Open Architecture, Not All Future Components Will Be Open

While the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is embracing the integration of open architecture (OA) concepts into future weapon systems, its deputy director warned not all components will be open. MDA Deputy Director Air Force Brig. Gen. Kenneth Todorov said Tuesday functions that support critical processes like time, safety and accuracy might not use the tenants […]


McFarland: Fielded Programs Should Still Seek Opportunities to Introduce OA

The Pentagon is seeking opportunities to introduce competition and open systems designs not only in new programs but also with already-fielded systems to help keep sustainment costs down. Speaking at Defense Daily’s Open Architecture Summit, Katrina McFarland, assistant secretary of defense for acquisition, said it is never too late to introduce open architecture principles into […]