Interoperability is the ability of systems, units, or
forces to provide data, information, materiel, an services to, and accept
services from, other systems, units, or forces, and to use the services so
exchanged to enable them to operate effectively together. All Defense systems must be interoperable with other U.S. and allied defense systems, as defined in the requirements and interoperability documents. The pro-gram manager (PM) describes the treatment of interoperability requirements in the acquisition strategy. If the acquisition strategy involves successive blocks satisfying time-phased requirements, this description shall address each block, as well as the transitions from block to block. This description must identify enabling system engi-neering efforts such as open systems design requirements, data man-agement, and standardization. It must also identify related require-ments or constraints (e.g., treaties or international standardization agreements) that impact interoperability requirements.
Consistent with the Department's philosophy of
treating new sys-tems as components of a family-of-systems, if enhancements to
the PM's program or to other programs is required to support interoperability
requirements, the PM must identify the technical, schedule, and funding issues
for both the acquisition program and the other program(s). Some examples of
- Aircraft from different Services and allied countries can communicate
with each other and with ground forces.
- Aircraft from one Service can exchange target information with a ship of
another Service and/or an allied country.
- Ammunition from one Service can be used by weapons from another Service,
and/or an allied country.