Archive: Open Architecture

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SOCOM Needs Open Architecture Intel Systems To Identify, Track Threats

Special Operations Command should “aggressively” pursue an enterprise-wide open architecture intelligence-sharing network to make the most of the data it and partner organizations within and outside the Defense Department gather, according to Mark Mitchell, principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity conflict. Asked how Special Operations forces should approach the need […]

A Bradley Fighting Vehicle crew with 1st Battalion, 37th Armored Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas, drives to an objective during Iron Union 18-6 in the United Arab Emirates, Jan. 23, 2018.   (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Thomas X. Crough, U.S. ARCENT PAO)

Next Army Vehicles Will Be Defined By Open Architectures That Can Accept New Tech, Weapons

The Army’s next ground combat vehicle likely won’t sport laser weapons or have a cloaking device, but it will have a modular, open-architecture design and size, weight and power margins to accept those and other emerging technologies as they come online. Eight cross-functional teams (CFTs) are chasing down solutions to the Army’s six modernization problems, […]

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Polaris Unveils Optionally-Manned Light Ground Vehicle

Polaris has introduced an optionally-manned version of the light all-terrain vehicle it builds for the Marine Corps and Special Operations Command.  The advanced MRZR-X multi-mode, connected vehicle platform was unveiled at the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International defense conference in National Harbor, Md The Marine Corps has purchased about 150 Polaris MRZR D4 light […]

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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 […]

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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 […]