Military Service Secretaries Aim to Facilitate Weapon Systems Interoperability via Common Standards

Army Secretary Mark Esper, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and Navy Secretary Richard Spencer have signed a new memorandum that establishes common standards of data sharing between weapon systems across domains.

The Air Force said Friday the joint memo requires acquisition executives within service branches to publish implementation guidelines for procurement programs, determine gaps and suggest new standards.

The document states that a modular open systems approach should be included in programs and requirements to ensure data sharing and communications among future weapons platforms.

"Victory in future conflict will in part be determined by our ability to rapidly share information across domains and platforms," Wilson said.

"Sharing information from machine to machine requires common standards,” she added.

Wilson, Spencer and Esper are 2019 Wash100 recipients.
 

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