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The MOSA Imperative

April 06, 2022 | BY: Chris Wiltsey

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This Curtiss-Wright Position Paper aims to put MOSA (Modular Open Systems Approach) into perspective and enable you, whether a defense contractor, a decision-maker at the DoD, or a public policymaker, to put the increasingly relevant MOSA to use better.

MOSA drives faster time to market, lower cost, increased software portability, technology innovation, and interoperability among systems across all defense domains. The MOSA Reference Framework is a collection of modular open systems that follow guidance and “rules of the road” within each open standards initiative that enable us to act more agile and responsive as we modernize our defensive capabilities.

MOSA’s rise to prominence could not have been better timed. The longstanding need for performance, affordability, scalability, ease of modernization of existing programs, and faster introduction of new programs has never been more critical or urgent.

MOSA encompasses The Open Group Sensor Open Systems Architecture™ (SOSA), C5ISR/EW Modular Open Suite of Standards (CMOSS), Vehicular Integration for C4ISR Interoperability (VICTORY), Hardware Open Systems Technologies (HOST), and Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) is timely and revitalizing our approach to integrated defense systems.

This Position Paper will guide you through why MOSA exists, its history and context, and why MOSA is ideally suited to creating the capabilities required to counter an uncertain and dangerous world of rapidly shifting threats.

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Chris Wiltsey

Author’s Biography

Chris Wiltsey

Senior VP/GM of Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions

Chris Wiltsey is the Senior VP/GM of the Defense Solutions division at Curtiss-Wright, which includes responsibility for multiple business units located in several countries across North America and Europe. Chris has been with Curtiss-Wright since 2003, initially as Director, Product Line Engineering, in Santa Clarita, CA followed by 7 years in San Diego, CA as VP of Curtiss-Wright’s Intel SBC and Embedded Systems IPT, 4 years as VP/GM back at Santa Clarita, and then 4 years as VP/GM of the Aerospace Instrumentation group. Chris holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley, and completed the Queen’s Executive Business Management program at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

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