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Subject: Achieving Modular Open System Architectures in DoD Acquisition

Impacts and Recommendations for Achieving Modular Open Systems Architectures --Fifth Post in a Series

Impacts and Recommendations for Achieving Modular Open Systems Architectures --Fifth Post in a Series

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Nickolas Guertin

This post was co-authored by Douglas Schmidt and William Scherlis. In this series of blog posts, adapted from a recently published paper, we sought to demonstrate how layered business and technical architectures can leverage modular component design practices to establish new approaches for capability acquisition that are more effective for the Department of Defense (DoD) than existing system of systems (SoS) strategies. The aim of these posts is to help the DoD establish an acquisition...

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The Technical Architecture for Product Line Acquisition in the DoD - Fourth in a Series

The Technical Architecture for Product Line Acquisition in the DoD - Fourth in a Series

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Nickolas Guertin

This post is co-authored by Douglas C. Schmidt and William Scherlis. DoD technologies have traditionally relied on cyber-physical/software-intensive systems that are now widely available to all nations and non-state actors. The DoD's past practice of incorporating commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) technologies on a system-by-system basis are insufficient to stay ahead of its adversaries and increase its pace of change for delivering innovation. The DoD thus needs new acquisition approaches that can achieve rapid delivery, flexibility, and capacity...

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The Organizational Impact of a Modular Product Line Architecture in DoD Acquisition - Third in a Series

The Organizational Impact of a Modular Product Line Architecture in DoD Acquisition - Third in a Series

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Nickolas Guertin

This post was co-authored by Douglas Schmidt and William Scherlis. To maintain a strategic advantage over its adversaries, the Department of Defense (DoD) must field new technologies rapidly. "It is not about speed of discovery, it is about speed of delivery to the field," Michael D. Griffin, undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, told a Senate Armed Services subcommittee in April 2018. The architecture of Department of Defenses (DoD) acquisition organizations is based on...

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Towards a New Model of Acquisition: Product-Line Architectures for the DoD - Second in a Series

Towards a New Model of Acquisition: Product-Line Architectures for the DoD - Second in a Series

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Nickolas Guertin

This post was co-authored by Douglas Schmidt and William Scherlis. It is widely recognized that the Department of Defense (DoD) needs to have a nimble response to nimble adversaries. However, the inflexibility of many DoD development and acquisition practices begets inflexible architectures that often slow progress and increase risk to operational forces. This rejection of modern development methods actually increases program risk and extends development timelines, effectively reducing the value of the DoD's acquisition portfolio....

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Emerging Opportunities in Modularity and Open Systems Architectures - First in a Series

Emerging Opportunities in Modularity and Open Systems Architectures - First in a Series

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Nickolas Guertin

This post is co-written by Douglas C. Schmidt and William Scherlis. In its effort to increase the capability of the warfighter, the Department of Defense (DoD) has made incremental changes in its acquisition practices for building and deploying military capacity. This capacity can be viewed as "platforms" (tanks, ships, aircraft, etc.) and the mission system "payloads" (sensors, command and control, weapons, etc.) that are populated onto those platforms to deliver the desired capability. This blog...

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