Archive: Open Architecture

Frank Kendall

Former Chief Weapon Buyer: Open Systems Requirements Need Better Enforcement

Requiring that new weapons have some degree of openness to upgrades has been a Pentagon policy for decades, but the Defense Department needs to better enforce that expectation so emerging technologies can be integrated when available and appropriate, according to a former chief weapon buyer. Frank Kendall, who was the last undersecretary of defense for […]

James Geurts, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition (ASN (RD&A)). (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Geurts Sees OA Helping the Navy Keep Pace With Technology

The Navy’s new Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition (RD&A) James Geurts last week emphasized the importance of open architectures in acquisition for the Navy. While speaking with reporters at the Surface Navy Association’s (SNA) annual symposium on Jan. 11, Geurts said the Navy needs to use a portfolio approach when […]

Test Pilot Jason Jewell discusses his experience with manning the UH-1H during its autonomous resupply mission with Aurora Flight Sciences' AACUS system. (Photo by Amy Kluber, Rotor and Wing International)

Marines Take Over Testing Of Robotic Resupply Helicopter

The Marine Corps will take over testing of an autonomous UH-1 Huey after a successful final test of the robotic aircraft on Dec. 13 in which it demonstrated the ability to perform combat resupply missions without a pilot. Developed by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and Aurora Flight Sciences, the Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility […]

A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery fires an interceptor missile. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Army Missile Defense Brain Passes Complex Test Of Threat-Tracking Capability

The Army’s open architecture missile defense brain recently demonstrated its ability to track and defend against an array of aerial threats during the most complex test of the system to date. Soldiers from Fort Sill, Okla., used Northrop Grumman’s [NOC] Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS), to direct Army air and […]

Lockheed Martin’s AESA ARES radar technology demonstrator using gallium nitride (GaN) technology. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Open Standards Key To Future Army Electronic Warfare Capability

Standards that define the hardware and software backbones of combat vehicles and other platforms are essential to keeping those weapon systems relevant in a digital world and will be key to fielding future electronic warfare capabilities, according to a top Army scientist. Jason Dirner, head of C4ISR Modular Open Suite of Standards (CMOSS) at the […]

Bell UH-1Y Huey. Photo: Bell

Marines Field New Open Architecture Helicopter Mission Computer

The Marine Corps has fielded the first open-architecture mission-systems computer aboard the UH-1Y utility helicopter and AH-1Z gunship. Northrop Grumman [NOC] manufactured and delivered its Tech Refresh Mission Computer (TRMC) as part of the Marine Corps H-1 upgrade program, which is replacing UH-1N and AH-1W helicopters with upgraded aircraft with improved capability, commonality, reliability and […]


Open Systems Believed Essential As Army Upgrades Precision Navigation Capability

The modern Army relies heavily on equipment that can precisely locate and track all of its tanks, trucks and troops, but upgrading hundreds of thousands of GPS receivers across its fleets is a daunting and costly task. Equipping the entire Army with hardened, assured precision navigation and timing (PNT) equipment is therefore an effort where […]

Jim Keffer, Director of Cyber at Lockheed Martin Government Affairs, introduces the  General Officers Panel at Defense Daily's 2017 Open Architecture Summit at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Told To Speed Acquisition, Military Officials Increasingly Turn To Open Architecture Systems

Senior military officials and lawmakers are sending a clear two-word message to the Defense Department acquisition community: Go faster. Increasingly the military services are interpreting that order, along with legislation loosening procurement restrictions, to mean adoption of a modular open systems approach to acquisition. “There’s not a day that goes by when our commandant doesn’t […]

William Bray, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E). (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Navy R&D Official Talks Importance Of Open Architecture, Faster Prototyping

A Navy official said the service’s changing missions are driving open architecture structures and that quickening prototype work is important for the service going forward. As the Navy returns to more sea patrols and recognizing single systems can no longer do a whole job by themselves, this means integration is more important, William Bray, deputy […]


Funding, Engineering Challenges Delay Missile-Shields For Bradley And Stryker

Installation and characterization of active protection systems (APS) on the Bradley Fighting Vehicle and Stryker wheeled combat vehicle are lagging behind the effort to equip the Abrams tank with guided-missile shields. The delay is a result both of lack of funding and engineering challenges with integrating APS onto the smaller vehicles that were not an […]