Professor Merfyn Lloyd
lately science advisor,
DE&S – UK MoD
Open systems are being talked about by potential customers, across governments, military services and primes as the way ahead for system acquisition. However, to achieve the desired benefits, particularly for the user, modular design and construction is a key aspect of the system architecture as this enables an incremental acquisition strategy and the agility to introduce new applications or sub-systems, for example, in response to a change in threat. This is also a key concept for managing obsoleszx.cence.
Modular design utilising defined open interfaces within a defined open infrastructure and based on recognised open standards, provides considerable operational and commercial flexibility.
This panel discussion will examine the opportunity to embrace technical innovation quickly and easily as granted by this flexibility. As much of the technological innovation is driven by SMEs, this session has been designed specifically to facilitate engagement with Primes and End Users.