The U.S. Department of Defense wants to slash development time and cost, acquisition cost, and operating cost for future unmanned aircraft vehicle "control segments" (base stations). Under direction from the OUSD(AT&L) Acquisition Decision Memorandum, 11 February 2009, the UAS Task Force chartered the UCS Working Group to develop and demonstrate a common, open, and scalable UAS "reference architecture" supporting UAS Groups 2-5 (from 21 lbs to greater than 1,320 lbs).
UCSWG is a multi-year effort organized as a U.S. open technical society with approximately 150 active participants from 40 companies and U.S. Government agencies, including industry and government representatives from all current DOD UAS programs of record, emerging UAS programs, and small businesses.
High Assurance Systems was selected to lead the Infrastructure Services Task Group, responsible for defining all platform services for use by UAS applications, and to represent the UCSWG to NSA.
For further information, see the UCSWG public website at https://ucsarchitecture.org/.