The modern battlespace is more lethal and disruptive than ever, requiring exponential increases in speed and agility to meet warfighter capability demands. In order to remain dominant amid an evolving security environment, the U.S. Department of Defense needs technologically superior capabilities that are delivered faster than ever and are successfully integrated across multiple systems and platforms.
That’s why the DoD is requiring many of its new programs use non-proprietary software that ensures its technology works across the military services. Open systems architectures, or OSAs, use common standards and common parts so that customers can seamlessly replace or update components from a myriad of vendors without having to rebuild the technology from the ground up.
Under the open systems architecture model, the DoD avoids vendor lock, acquires capabilities faster and has the flexibility to mix and match components from different vendors.The DoD can make selections based on the price point and functionality of systems that match their needs. The model also supports third-party vendor participation, allowing for the best-in-class available capability to be selected. This facilitates competition while also spurring innovation, agility and affordability.
Not only will it enable an agile acquisition process, but OSA will also ensure cross-service and cross-domain capabilities. These capabilities are revolutionizing and invigorating one of the DoD’s top priorities: multi-domain operations, which is a joint warfighting concept to help the U.S. military defeat highly capable near-peer adversaries.
Open systems architecture and interoperability enable technologies and solutions across the battlespace in the skies, land, sea, space and cyberspace, to all talk to one another. The reason being that no matter the domain, the systems will speak the same language through common interfaces and standards.
This digital paradigm has picked up sweeping momentum as organizations are accelerating the adoption of OSA.
Boots on the ground
Military leadership have touted the need for organizations to adopt, incorporate and expand OSA for existing and next-generation technologies.