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Why an Open Standards Approach Is Essential in Defense and Aerospace

December 12, 2019 | BY: Aaron Frank , David Jedynak, Denis Smetana, Tammy Carter

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A rare event occurred early in January 2019. The Secretaries of the three main branches of the U.S. military — Army, Air Force, and Navy — issued a joint memorandum on the imperative for a Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) to weapons systems. The tri-services memo makes it clear that the need to rapidly share information from machine to machine requires common standards, namely

The memo also notes that “MOSA supporting standards should be included in all requirements, programming, and development activities for future weapon system modifications and new start development programs to the maximum extent possible.” While developers of defense and aerospace solutions have been leveraging open standards to improve interoperability for a number of years now, the memo drove home the point that these initiatives are no longer optional. They are vital and they are mandatory.

There are many very good reasons behind the move, as, after decades of deploying proprietary point solutions that don’t take advantage of shared building blocks, defense and aerospace organizations are facing significant size, weight, power, and cost (SWaP-C) challenges on ground, air, and sea platforms. This white paper explores the benefits of an open standards approach while examining the open standards listed in the tri-services memo:

Read the full white paper to find out more about why an open standards approach is essential in defense and aerospace.

Author’s Biography

Aaron Frank

Senior Product Manager, Intel SBC & Graphics

Aaron Frank joined Curtiss-Wright in January 2010. As the Senior Product Manager for Single Board Computer and Graphics product lines, he is responsible for a wide range of COTS products utilizing processing and video graphics/GPU technologies in many industry standard module formats (VME, VPX, etc). His focus includes product development and marketing strategies, technology roadmaps, and serving as a subject matter expert within the sales team. Previous to this role, Aaron held the product Manager role for Networking products. Aaron has a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Waterloo.

Author’s Biography

David Jedynak

Chief Technical Officer, COTS Solutions

David joined Curtiss-Wright in 2008 and has focused his expertise in network centric systems and COTS solutions. David actively participates in the VICTORY Standards Organization and has presented a number of vehicle electronics architecture papers to GVSETS. Prior to joining Curtiss-Wright, David worked in automotive consumer electronics industry, designing, ruggedizing, and integrating new technologies into vehicles. David has a BS in Electrical Engineering, Certificate in Astronautical Engineering, and Certificate in Project Management from UCLA.

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Denis Smetana

Senior Product Manager - FPGA

Denis Smetana is Senior Product Manager for FPGA products for Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions, based out of Ashburn Virginia. He has over 25 years of experience with ASIC and FPGA product development and management in both the telecom and defense industry and over 10 years of experience with COTS FPGA products. He has a BSEE in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech.

Author’s Biography

Tammy Carter

Senior Product Manager – GPGPUs & Software

Tammy Carter is the Senior Product Manager for GPGPUs and software products, featuring OpenHPEC, for Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions. In addition to a M.S. in Computer Science, she has over 20 years of experience in designing, developing and integrating real-time embedded systems in the Defense, Communications and Medical arenas.

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