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.

You may also be interested in...


Air Force, Navy Put Raytheon’s New AMRAAM Variant Through Free-Flight Tests

A joint U.S. Air Force-Navy program office tested new guidance hardware of Raytheon Technologies' Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile at a live fire demonstration that took place Wednesday at Point Mugu Sea Test Range in California. Preliminary data from Raytheon, the AMRAAM prime contractor, showed the AIM-120D-3D variant met separation autopilot and free-flight navigation objectives during the missile shot test with an F/A-18F Super Hornet jet, Naval Air Systems Command said Thursday.


Space Development Agency Posts RFI for Tranche 1 of National Defense Space Architecture

The Space Development Agency needs market information on technologies, methods and other concepts to operate and secure a national system of military sensors and data transmission in space. The National Defense Space Architecture would operate mainly from low Earth orbit to support secure military sensing and SDA needs industry input on the system's Tranche 1 Product Line, the agency said Friday in a request for information notice.


DARPA Calls for Communications Tech Concepts to Support Troop’s Jungle Operations

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has asked industry for concepts on information systems and electronic communications that can support troops operating in jungle environments. DARPA said May 7 in a notice its SQUad Intelligent Robotic Radio Enhancing Link or SQUIRREL is meant to provide small military units boosted situational awareness in forest operations.