The Federal Aviation Administration is planning a series of modernization initiatives that will integrate national airspace using digital tools. The cornerstone of this effort is the FAA Enterprise Network Services (FENS) project, which provides an information framework for implementation of all the other pieces. FENS is an early opportunity for Raytheon Technologies, the combined aerospace operations of Raytheon and United Technologies, to demonstrate the synergies realized by merging. I talked to the two senior company executives leading the company’s efforts to win the contract for FENS on July 8, and they emphasized several features that a future enterprise network must include: a software-defined design that facilitates rapid upgrades; an open architecture that avoids vendor lock; an unprecedented degree of cybersecurity; and an implementation process that is seamless–meaning no interruptions. I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
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