Air Force Life Cycle Management Group spends millions on new open architecture group

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base will spend millions to form a new collaborative working group focused on developing and improving open architecture standards.

The Life Cycle Management Center awarded eight companies $22.5 million each to form the group, according to the Department of Defense. The group includes BAE Systems, Boeing, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Goodrich Corp., Harris Corp., Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon.

The goal is to “promote adaptability, flexibility, and expandability; support a variety of missions and domains; simplify integration; reduce technical risk and overall cost of ownership of weapon system programs; enable affordable technology refresh and capability evolution; enable reuse; enable independent development and deployment of system elements; and accommodate a range of cybersecurity approaches.”

The work is slated for completion by Dec. 31, 2022.

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