GAO: U.S. Military UAVs Still Too Proprietary In Nature

By Michael Bruno
Source: AWIN First

After the Air Force and Army programs were started, both armed services rolled out policies that require open systems to be included in a program’s acquisition strategy. Moreover, the Pentagon’s 2010 and 2012 Better Buying Power initiatives now require programs at milestone B to outline an approach for using open systems architectures and acquiring technical data rights. A contract guidebook is expected to be issued this summer to help program managers incorporate open systems into their projects.

Still, as GAO noted, several officials and executives across the unmanned spectrum told auditors that top Pentagon officials still do not have enough inherent expertise and insight into programs to know whether open systems planning is happening. GAO says, “Until DOD takes action to overcome these challenges, the department will likely continue to invest in costly proprietary systems.”

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