Robert Otto: Air Force Eyes Expanded Competition Through Open Mission Systems

Robert Otto
Robert Otto

Lt. Gen. Robert Otto has touted the U.S. Air Force's Open Mission Systems standard as performing well and so he said the service plans to expand the program, Breaking Defense reported Monday.

Richard Whittle writes the Open Mission Systems standard is intended to adapt a cell phone application-based model to subcontracts as the service branch seeks to increase competition.

Under the standard, aircraft contractors release their system architecture standards to the public in order to assist other vendors in building mission technologies that are compatible with the contractor's system, according to the report.

“Our acquisition community is looking to “” maybe proliferate is too strong a word “” but broaden the concept,“ the Air Force’s deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance told Breaking Defense.

Otto said Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Boeing, Raytheon and General Atomics have all followed the Open Mission System standard, Whittle reports.

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