New DOD center focuses on joint systems

Those nagging Defense Department interoperability issues will get the attention of systems engineers now that DOD has created a center to focus on joint and coalition systems.

Defense officials unveiled the Center for Joint and Coalition Interoperability in April during the Joint Interoperability Test Command's Interoperability Conference 2003 at Fort Huachuca, Ariz. The Joint Chiefs of Staff instructed the Defense Information Systems Agency to create the center.

Russell J. Richards, the center's lead engineer, said he and other engineers offer technical guidance on exchanging information across environments. The center also will be DOD's advocate for promoting IT lifecycle interoperability for systems used by joint and allied forces, he said during a briefing about the center's missions.

The center, which will be in Falls Church, Va., will coordinate the disparate joint and coalition expertise that's salted throughout existing DISA organizations'from the Joint Interoperability Test Command and the Center for Standards Management to the Center for Requirements and the Global Information Grid-Enterprise Services team.

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