Open Systems

The Joint Tactical Networking Center is using open systems to create the next generation of tactical radio systems and be interoperable across the military services.

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John Snoderly, learning director of engineering at the Defense Acquisition University in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, explained why open systems are critical to weapons system interoperability.

When trying to make legacy software compatible with other systems, the technology needs to evolve to meet the current need, said Nick Guertin of the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute.

Everyone involved in federal software development knows the percentage: 80% of the federal IT budget goes to maintaining existing systems. Innovation in technology is forcing these legacy systems to be able to interact with other systems.