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minimize confusion associated with the term “open,” the name of the task force could be modified to the Modular Open Systems Joint Task Force.

Recommendation 14. The Air Force should recommend that the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics restrict applicability of the Joint Technical Architecture (JTA) and mandated standards to interplatform interoperability and allow the intraplatform standards to be defined by a MOSA approach, along with a greatly reduced number of mandated standards.

Although JTA's promulgation of standards for the interoperability between various platforms is important, in the committee's view, a MOSA strategy for avionics design for a given platform should be based on consensus standards derived from discussions involving both government and industry.

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