The Tactical Tomahawk Weapon Control System exemplifies the use of Open Architecture, with common reusable software components that support several platforms. Here in 2012, personnel on board the USS Frank Cable (AS-40) steady a Tomahawk capsule launch system loading and handling trainer being lowered onto a Mk-23 Mod 0 Tilt Fixture.
U.S. Navy (Corey Hensley)
Now Hear This - The Imperative for Open Architecture and Innovation
The Navy purchases thousands of hardware and software items for different acquisition programs from multiple contractors. It is incredibly difficult and time-consuming for one program office to stay abreast of what is being acquired in others as well as what the Navy has already purchased that could potentially meet broader requirements. Therefore, a program manager’s inclination is to look outward toward industry for solutions. Compounding this issue, we live in an environment where software and hardware change overnight, and often we place too much initial emphasis on engineering a solution to a technical problem before it has been properly defined. To overcome these challenges, we must work smarter to understand technological problems before immediately jumping to solutions. We must develop a better understanding of the speed of our decision-making and the areas in which we remain organizationally stovepiped.
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