Archive: Open Architecture

Roboteam  MTGR® (Micro Tactical Ground Robot)

Former Chief Army Weapon Buyer Bets Big On Robots As Future Of Ground Combat

Robots will have a big role in the future of ground combat, but that won’t be possible until the systems are widely adopted by infantry forces to perform missions other than bomb disposal, according to the Army’s former chief weapon buyer and the CEO of the robotics company she recently joined. “I think the utilization […]

Soldier Uses Manpack To Communicate 
Photo: General Dynamics

Army’s Acquisition Force Chief: Communication, Computer Technologies Require Open Architecture

Lt. Gen. Michael Williamson, the Army’s senior uniformed weapons buyer and chief of its acquisition force on Thursday made a clear, concise case for the implementation of open architectures in all future Army network technology acquisition. In prepared remarks opening a panel discussion Thursday on Army networks, industry and acquisition, Williamson began by rehashing what […]

Lt. Gen. Michael Williamson Photo: U.S. Army

All New Army Equipment Soon Must Meet Baseline Open Architecture Standards

The Army is requiring modular, open systems architectures for any new gear with computing or communications components to enhance interoperability and ensure its ability to upgrade equipment as technologies emerge. Lt. Gen. Michael Williamson, principal deputy to the assistant secretary of Army for acquisition, technology and logistics, has long been an apostle of modular, open […]

Lockheed Martin truck-mounted Q-53 radar systems.

Lockheed Martin Demonstrates Q-53 Radar Counter-UAS Capability

Lockheed Martin [LMT] has demonstrated that its AN/TPQ-53 counterfire radar is capable of identifying, tracking and relaying the position of unmanned aerial systems, a capability that is at a premium over future battlefields likely swarming with enemy drone aircraft. In the demonstration, the Q-53 radar showed it can be readily adapted to provide both air […]

Northrop Grumman's Advanced Explosive Ordnance Disposal Robotic System (AEODRS) Increment 1

Navy’s Modular, Portable Bomb-Disposal Robot Clears Critical Design Review

The Navy’s newest man-portable bomb-disposal robot has been approved for fabrication and testing after passing a critical design review, the service and manufacturer Northrop Grumman [NOC] said Tuesday. Increment 1 of the Advanced Explosive Ordnance Disposal Robotic System (AEODRS) was given the Navy’s stamp of approval for satisfying cost, schedule and performance requirements. The program […]


Senate Defense Bill Supports Open Architectures In Major Acquisition Programs

The Senate version of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) would require modular open systems architectures (MOSA) where beneficial in acquisition programs to ensure interoperability, smooth integration and future growth potential of new technologies. Not yet law, the Senate Armed Services Committee’s (SASC) NDAA markup calls for the Defense Department to buy platforms and […]

Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall. DVIDS Photo

Kendall Urges Congress And Service Chiefs To Slow Campaigns For Acquisition Reform

The Defense Department’s chief weapons buyer on Tuesday urged Congress and uniformed military officials to rein in their acquisition reform offensive, insisting that slow, consistent change is better than a revolutionary shift in how the Pentagon spends money. Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics hit back at lawmakers and military service […]


Open Architectures Seen As Linchpin To Successful Acquisition Reform, Rapid Weapon Development

Proponents of acquisition reform within the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) see modular, open-systems architectures as a potential panacea for what ails defense acquisition. Open architecture requirements are a key tenet of the acquisition reforms put forth by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Mac Thornberry (R.-Texas), who recognizes the flexibility OA offers in […]

F-35 developer Lockheed Martin is part of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) trade group. Photo: Air Force

Kendall Concerned Congress Will Mandate Open Systems In All Programs

The Defense Department’s acquisition czar is concerned lawmakers will pass a law requiring all future weapons programs to feature open systems. Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L) Frank Kendall on Tuesday called the push for open systems in most programs as unrealistic, adding that anyone who has built a “highly-integrated, dense” […]