Audience: This paper is for decision makers at Program Executive Office (PEO) Aviation and in Army Aviation Program Management Offices (PMOs). This paper assumes reader familiarity with the five principles of Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) and Architecture Centric Virtual Integration Process (ACVIP).
Takeaway: Readers should come away from this paper understanding how ACVIP provides capabilities to reduce risk for the Army MOSA.
Executive Summary: MOSA is a National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) mandated systems engineering methodology. The U.S. Army strategy for MOSA is refined by the “MOSA Implementation Guide,” “MOSA Reference Framework,” and “Army MOSA Initial Capability Refinement Document (ICRD).” ACVIP is a process for reducing risk in development and procurement of cyber-physical systems. The ACVIP Handbooks define ACVIP. The Army MOSA strategy calls for use of standards for modularization, well-defined interfaces for component integration, integration risk reduction, and verification and validation throughout the lifecycle. ACVIP provides mechanisms for these objectives that have been extensively validated through Army Science and Technology (S&T) activities.