Archive: Open Architecture

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 […]

Maj. Gen. Vincent R. Stewart relinquished his position as commanding general of Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace to Maj. Gen. Daniel J. O'Donohue during a change of command ceremony Jan. 21, 2015, at Fort George G. Meade, Md. Stewart will be taking the position as director of Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and commander of the Joint Functional Component Command for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (JFCC-ISR), becoming the first Marine Corps officer to be appointed the position.

Marine LTG Stewart Hands Off DIA Leadership To Army’s LTG Ashley

JOINT BASE ANACOSTIA-BOLLING, Washington, D.C. – During a change of command ceremony Oct.3, Marine Corps General Vincent Stewart relinquished directorship of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). After 33 months as the first Marine helming DIA, Stewart will become U.S. Cyber Command’s next deputy commander. Army Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley, Jr. relieved Stewart to become the […]

AH-64E Apache Guardian
Photo: U.S. Army

Lack Of Common Architecture Lengthens Ground Time For Army Choppers Getting Upgrades

When the Army buys new gear for its helicopters, the acquisition community and industry view it as adding capability to an existing platform, but actually integrating new sensors and weapons often grounds fleets that are in high operational demand. Without government-defined standard architectures, emerging technologies often require extensive rewiring to mount on legacy aircraft, said […]

Japan Air Self-Defense Force Col. Kanae Tamakoshi, liaison officer to Pacific Air Forces, simulates flying an F-35 Lighting II fighter aircraft in the a cockpit demonstrator during the Pacific F-35 Symposium at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, March 14, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. James Stewart)

Navy Requires Open Architecture In New Air Combat Training System

Written into the contract for the Navy’s newest combat aircraft training system is a requirement for industry bidders to use a government-established standard communication software architecture. The $142 million contract holds Rockwell Collins [COL] and Leonardo DRS to implementing the Software Communications Architecture (SCA) version 4.1 when building the Tactical Combat Training System Increment II […]

Photo illustration of DARPA's Mobile Force Protection counter-drone system.

DARPA Launches Development Of Plug-And-Play Counter-Drone System

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has hired three firms to find ways of defeating the small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) that have become one of the most pervasive threats to the military at home and abroad. Three teams – Dynetics Inc., Saab Defense and Security USA and nonprofit development firm SRC Inc. – […]

Soldiers with I Corps, receive hands-on radio communication training during a field exercise at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Jan. 21. This training was provided to give the Soldiers the opportunity to learn how to work and be proficient with the different types of radio communication systems. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Army Standardizing All Tactical Mission Command Systems By 2019

The Army is standardizing its mission command software across the active and reserve component to simplify the network architecture of operational units. Over the next two years, the Army will provide standard, updated mission command software applications to all 400-plus operational units in an effort to reduce network complexity, standardize training, allow swifter software updates […]

Aerial view of the Pentagon, Arlington, VA

New Acquisition Structure Emphasizes Rapid Tech Insertion Through Open Architecture

Increasing the speed at which the Defense Department develops and fields emerging technologies is a primary cause for reorganizing the Pentagon’s acquisition structure. Pat Shanahan, the newly installed deputy secretary of defense overseeing the reorganization of the former chief weapon buyer into two new positions, said speed and rapid enhancement of existing systems with emerging […]

The JCREW system being tested in the dismounted configuration. Photo: U.S. Navy, Oct. 2014.

Navy Awards Northrop Grumman $58 Million Contract For First Full Rate Production Of Counter-IED System

The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) on Monday awarded Northrop Grumman [NOC] $58 million for the first full-rate production contract for the Joint Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device (RCIEDs) Electronic Warfare (JCREW) system. This firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-only production contract covers Increment One Build One (I1B1) Systems full-rate production in support of the Expeditionary Warfare Program […]