[WSO2Con2013] Sharpening the Spearpoint: Empowering the Edge Through SOA

  • By WSO2Con 2013
  • 22 Feb, 2013
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Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) technologies can serve as transformation agents leading to a more effective, more efficient and significantly less expensive national defense establishment. The 21st century has seen some of the most dramatic changes in global military organizations since the advent of mechanization in the early 20th century. Successful organizations have evolved from Industrial Age to Information Age models that emphasize robust networking, shared situational knowledge, interoperability and operational agility. Information Age warfighting differs from its Industrial Age predecessor as well. Though highly lethal, it is generally limited in scope and seeks to effect behavioral modifications within an enemy government rather than the complete destruction of enemy forces. It is usually conducted within a joint or coalition environment, and centers on the data intensive use of precision guided munitions (PGM).

The needs of both the warfighting and acquisition communities have evolved as well. Commanders and combatants alike demand dramatic reductions in decision cycle time fueled by improved situational awareness, coordinated solution development and improvements to operational agility gained through transparent resource security and across-the-board interoperability. Procurement officials demand the minimization of sustainment costs, the elimination of redundancies and, as a sign of the times, ecologically friendly combat systems.

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