Jim Evangelos: Modular Open Systems Will Help Modernize Military Tactical Radios

Jim Evangelos, deputy director of standards at the Joint Tactical Networking Center, has said he seeks to leverage modular open systems to develop modern tactical radios, Federal News Radio reported Tuesday.

Evangelos plans to make the next generation of tactical radio systems interoperable across the U.S. military as they are used similarly as software applications.

However, he explained that vendors currently do not see profit from an open systems architecture.

A working group within the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense seeks to incorporate modular open systems in the contracting language to encourage private companies to invest in the technology.

“And what drives all of this at the end of the day is cost,” Evangelos said.

He added that reusing the same components would reduce efforts for developing software, as well as decrease costs of large complex systems.

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