Katrina McFarland: DoD Wants Access to Commercial IP Rights for Open Architecture Strategy

Katrina McFarland
Katrina McFarland

The Defense Department seeks to access data rights for systems that DoD acquires from industry as part of the agency’s open architecture strategy under Better Buying Power 3.0, Federal News Radio reported Monday.

Jared Serbu writes Katrina McFarland, assistant defense secretary for acquisition, said DoD does not intend to deter vendors from using proprietary technology in the agency’s acquisition programs.

The agency is interested in designing systems “so that they’re open, and in order to do that we need the interface rights,” McFarland told an audience at a luncheon hosted by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association’s Northern Virginia chapter Friday.

“We also need it for the purposes of depot and support and sustainment,” she added, according to the station.

Frank Kendall told reporters that he aims to ensure that DoD’s industry competitions will protect the interests of the U.S. government as well as the intellectual property of industry partners.

U.S. military leaders and defense assistant secretaries face a December deadline to finalize guidelines and implementation strategies on how military services can utilize open architectures without violating companies’ IP rights, Serbu said.

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