Archive: Open Architecture

Artist's rendering of a potential Boeing-Sikorsky future vertical lift platform. Photo: Sikorsky.

Open Architectures Could Be Future Vertical Lift’s Most Powerful Weapon, Say Chopper Program Managers

The futuristic helicopter that results from the ongoing Future Vertical Lift (FVL) program will be faster and more maneuverable than current designs, but its baked-in ability to rapidly integrate new sensors and mission-system software may be its most potent weapon, according to rotorcraft program managers from the Army and Marine Corps. FVL will eventually result […]

Artist's rendering of the Air Force's Long Range Strike Bomber, designated B-21. Photo: Air Force.

Air Force Creates Life Cycle Management Center Program Office For Open Systems

The Air Force has stood up an open architecture program within its Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) in an effort to expand the use of open systems in the service’s acquisition efforts, according to a key official. Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Military Deputy, Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch said Tuesday the service […]

The ninth annual Open Architecture Summit took place Oct. 18 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Marc Selinger/Defense Daily)

New DoD Working Group Promoting Modular Open Systems Architecture

The U.S. Department of Defense has stood up a working group to promote modular, open-systems architecture (MOSA) in acquisition programs, a DoD official said Oct. 18. The membership of the modular open systems working group is currently limited to government agencies, including representatives of the Air Force, Army, Navy and parts of the Pentagon acquisition […]

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With Open Architecture Radios, Army Can Learn New Tricks With Old Waveforms

A combination of miniaturization and open-systems software architectures is aiding the Army in assembling the radios it needs to establish battlefield communication networks and bring data from orbiting satellites to dismounted soldiers. Companies that hold or are maneuvering for Army radio contracts are designing ever-smaller radios that operate multiple communication waveforms drawn from the Defense […]


Open Architecture Mission Systems Will Determine Success Of Army’s Future Vertical Lift Program

The success of the Army’s revolutionary new rotorcraft will depend on open architecture software standards that can be rapidly reconfigured as much if not more than on the aircraft design, according to industry and government officials leading the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) effort. FVL will eventually result in a family of futuristic helicopters with a baseline design […]

Aerial view of the Pentagon, Arlington, VA

Air Force Opens New ‘TAP Lab’ IR Data Exploitation Laboratory

The Air Force in April opened a new data exploitation Laboratory with the goal of fostering innovation by providing space-based infrared (IR) data access to a broad industry and academia base. Col. Kerri Mellor, deputy division chief of Air Force Space Command’s (AFSPC) remote sensing directorate, exploitation capabilities division, said Friday the Laboratory is called […]

Abrams M1A1
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Lt. Gen. Walsh: Marines ‘Must Have’ Active Vehicle Protection For Future Fights

Guided missiles have advanced and proliferated to such a point that the Marine Corps must deploy its vehicles with more than old fashion armor to protect them, according to Lt. Gen. Robert Walsh, chief of Marine Corps Combat Development Command. “Rockets, artillery, mortars, guided antii-tank weapons, those kinds of things are proliferating…so much that to […]


Swiftly Upgraded Open Architecture Systems A Must For New Army Rapid Capabilities Office

A central tenet of the Army’s new Rapid Capabilities Office is ensuring that future soldier equipment and systems can be rapidly upgraded as technologies emerge and evolve. Katrina McFarland, acting assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, technology and logistics, said open architecture requirements will both keep weapons and capabilities relevant and the cost of […]