4 ways Open Systems Architecture has already translated to the battlefield

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Open Systems Architecture (OSA) is the buzz phrase of the defence industry of the 21stcentury and one that no one involved in the global business can afford to ignore.

The idea itself is based on a number of fundamental principles, including business transparency, lowering development costs, transforming life-cycle sustainment and ensuring a level and competitive playing field by strategically opening data rights.

Aside to making the whole process much more efficient and affordable, the final products will benefit by default, theoretically consisting of the highest quality system outfitted with the highest quality subsystems, all of which are interoperable.

As the world makes slow progress towards properly implementing this type of methodology, the United States has (predictably) already seen a number of successes in recent years with its own move to streamline procurement and manufacturing with the open market.

As industry and military prepare to meet at Interoperable Open Architecture 2013, we highlight some of the most intriguing results of OSA that are translating into major differences on the battlefield…