Archive: Open Architecture

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 […]

The Global Hawk is one of the Pentagon highest profile unmanned system. Photo: Northrop Grumman.

Air Force Issues RFI For Global Hawk Communication System Modernization Program

The Air Force seeks information from industry in an effort to modernize the communication systems on the RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial system (UAS), according to a notice posted on Federal Business Opportunities (FBO). The Air Force is seeking potential candidates to replace end-of-life equipment and modernize the aircraft integration communications suite and the ground […]

Gen. David Perkins
Commander Army Training and Doctrine Command

Army Brass: Industry Unreceptive To Open Architecture Requirements

Senior Army leadership is concerned that the defense industry is less than willing to offer up intellectual property and access to its widgets as the service invests in future technology. Army program managers have been writing requirements for modular, open-systems architectures (MOSA) into acquisition documents to ensure that future weapons, platforms and systems are easily […]

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 […]