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Raytheon Execs Cite Potential Benefits of Open-Systems Architecture to US Military

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Christopher Worley,, Acting Tactical ISR Chief, Raytheon Intell & Space

Executives at Raytheon Technologies‘ intelligence and space business have discussed how moving from vendor lock and closed systems to an open-systems architecture could help the U.S. military address challenges associated with processing signals intelligence data.

Raytheon Intelligence and Space officials believe an open-systems architecture could enable a data-centric model that is vital to modernizing the SIGINT mission and makes data the key asset, the company said Thursday.

“Because we’ve shifted focus from the way the architecture is structured, we can focus on what’s important – the data,” said Christopher Worley, acting director of tactical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance for space and C2 systems at RI&S.

“Without accurate and timely data and adaptive capabilities and systems able to analyze and assess what the collection provides, commanders in the field lack the ability to stay one step ahead of the adversary,” Worley added.

David Appel, vice president of command and control data solutions at RI&S, said transitioning to open-systems architecture builds an environment that allows systems owners to collaborate with any vendor and increase the existing hardware’s processing speeds and capacity. He also noted how the approach could help the Department of Defense address the data challenge.

“The emphasis of the DOD’s modernization efforts on enabling technologies that improve responsiveness and facilitate rapid delivery of capabilities to the warfighter relies on the flexibility that this approach provides,” Appel added.

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