This morning at the Quad A UAS symposium, U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Glenn Walters, deputy director for resources and acquisition on the Joint Staff, talked requirements.
He was upbeat about the services' ability to work together on future UAS programs. "We're moving away from stovepipe documents and looking for architectures so we can make programs get to a standard," where data can be passed easily among the services.
That streamlined approach should extend well beyond UAS, he said. "It needs to go up one level to manned vehicles and space architecture. Nirvana would be to have it all be seamless. Every bit of information. So that nothing larger than an ant would move on the battlefield without us knowing," he said.
I liked his idea of trying to streamline the entire system instead of attempting to fix things piecemeal. But as far as getting everybody to share and play nice, I'm not sure that's realistic. You're fighting service culture, varying conops, industry proprietary information and of course, levels of classification. Who has access to what, where and why? And then who has the last word on disseminating the information?
I had to rush to interview someone else, so I couldn't bend Walters' ear about his idea. But I will definitely try to find him if he's still around the conference. While I try to get more from him - what are your thoughts? How much information is too much?