Interoperable Open Architecture Conference

Understanding the impact of Interoperable Open Architecture for procurement, technology development and program management

When it comes to the future of defence procurement, Interoperable Open Architecture (IOA) has become the defining objective in Identifying best practices and promoting a competitive process. Andrew Watson, technical director at Open Management Group discusses the need for the Defence industry to change its culture and other ways to progress the dialogue to ensure shorter timelines, lower costs and better military-industry partnerships.

The advantages of using interoperable open architecture for the development, procurement and use of technology are manifest in those programmes where it has been successfully rolled out. However, despite some successes within these US and UK programmes, there are still many that are not convinced that implementing such architectures is worth the required structural transformation, time and money.

The Interoperable Open Architecture 2015 conference argues that common standards and open architectures have the potential to revolutionise the cost and efficiency of procurement and will cover the following key areas:

  • The technical detail behind the development of standards and common requirements to enable ‘plug and play’
  • Implementing open architecture for new platforms and programmes: Lessons learned from the flagship efforts in the US and UK
  • The potential for transformation of defence procurement and the benefits and disadvantages of open architecture for both the military and industry communities
  • Ease of use and operator effectiveness on the front line
  • Cross-over practices and lessons-learned from the civilian sphere as open architectures are rolled out across land, air and naval systems

The benefits of open architectures also extend to the front line technology users. An interoperable open architecture can de-clutter a vehicle by enabling single screen control of multiple systems and common standards shared between allies can improve interoperability. While it might seem a pipe dream at the moment, a totally interoperable open architecture will eventually empower the operator to plug and play technology based on immediate mission parameters.

Importantly interoperable open architecture is a concept that applies across different domains. Data model construction, architectural principles and layout are just some of the transferable elements that span any architecture effort whether it be for vehicles, planes or robotics.

This year the conference will examine these principles whilst refocusing on the milestones reached in recent years.

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Benefits of Attending:

  • Share expertise, explore the major programmes and consider the future with the leading experts from the military and industry communities that are currently defeating the challenges of open architecture
  • Understand the impact that Integrated Open Architectures can have on budgets, technology delivery and revolutionising combat effectiveness
  • Gain insight from civilian experts working on the development of open architectures for unmanned ground systems, armoured vehicles, permanent and expeditionary bases, weapons systems, aerospace technology and the civilian automobile industry
  • Benefit from cutting-edge insights into the development and implementation of Integrated Open Architectures into defence procurement processes
  • Engage in a secure and collaborative environment and transform your knowledge and your skill-set whilst establishing valuable contacts from this domain

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  • Professor Elias Stipidis, Director, Vetrionics Research Centre


  • Judy Cerenzia, Director FACE, Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE), The Open Group
  • Xavier Lepiouffe, Technical manager of vehicles Griffon & Jaguar, Scorpion Programme, French MoD
  • Major Ola Petter Odden, Combat Lab Nowegian Army, Norwegian Army Land Warfare Centre, Norwegian Defence Forces
  • Christopher Nicholas, Principle Engineer, Avionics, DSTL
  • Brendan Sims, Land Division, DSTO Australian DoD
  • Daniel Charlebois, Communications Interoperability Portfolio Manager, Defence Research and Development Canada
  • Per Hallin, Chief Engineer C2I, FMV
  • Major Tapio Saarelainen, Researcher, Army Academy and Research and Development Division, Finnish Armed Forces
  • Marek Kalbarczyk, Project Officer, Land Systems Technologies, CapTech Ground Systems, EDA
  • Mark Mazzara, Interoperability Lead Robotics, PM Force Protection, PEO CS & CSS, US DoD, (Subject to Final Confirmation)
  • Professor David Miskimens, Project Management and Mission Assistance, Defence Aquisition Univsersity
  • Andrew Watson, Technical Director, Object Management Group
  • Dr Jose Maria Alcaraz Calero, Representative, University of West Scotland, NATO IST 118 Working Group
  • Michael Del Signore, Robotics Branch Manager, Naval Surface Warfare Centre Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division, US Navy, (Subject to Final Confirmation)
  • Dr Norbert Härle, LAVOSAR Industry Lead, Rheinmetall Defence Electronics, LAVOSAR
  • Dr Jeremy T Lanman, Chief Engineer/Architect, SFAE-STRI-ENG,, PEO Simulation, Training and Instrumentation, US Army, (Subject to Final Confirmation)
  • David Boyett, FACE Consortium Business Working Group Vice-Chair, US Army AMRDEC (Subject to Final Confirmation)
  • Nick Law, Principal Engineer DAS, DSTL
  • Kirk Avery, FACE Consortium Technical Working Group Vice-Chair, Lockheed Martin
  • Dennis Stevens, FACE Consortium Business Working Group Chair, Lockheed Martin
  • Jeff Howington, FACE Steering Committee Vice Chair, Rockwell Collins Inc
  • Geoff Revill, Consultant and Technology Evangelist, Market Altitude

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Source: ASDEvents
Date: Mar 13, 2015