REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Aviation Systems Integration Facility Deputy, David Boyett, was recently recognized for five years of service as The Open Group Future Airborne Capability Environment Consortium Business Working Group vice chair.

The award was presented by FACE Steering Committee Chair Terry Carlson, Program Executive Office Aviation.

The FACE Consortium was formed in June 2010 as a Government and industry partnership to define an open avionics environment for all military airborne platform types. The FACE Consortium works to develop and consolidate the standards, best practices and business models.

The Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Command was one of the 12 founding member organizations of the FACE Consortium and the group has grown to over 90 member organizations.

Many AMRDEC employees are involved in Consortium activities and several appointed to leadership roles.

"It has been an honor to serve as an elected officer for the past five years alongside my colleagues across DOD and Industry to promote the use of open systems architecture across military aviation platforms," said Boyett. He will remain actively involved in Consortium activities but decided that it was time to step aside and assist new leadership to continue the growth of Consortium initiatives.

One of Boyett's major contributions was his involvement in the FACE Library. Software suppliers use the library to submit their products for certification through the Conformance Program. This site then allows customers to search the registry of FACE certified products.

The Library began accepting applications for certification in October 2016 and has seen five products fully approved. "Seeing the Conformance Program operational means a great deal to me personally because it was one of the areas in which I was most directly involved," Boyett said.

ASIF Director Scott Dennis was also part of the team that initiated AMRDEC's involvement in the FACE Consortium. Dennis explained that the team followed the Office of the Secretary of Defense's Modular Open Systems Approach guide for program managers.

"It states explicitly that if an open standard for a key interface doesn't exist, you should utilize an open, consensus based standards body consisting of government and industry to develop and publish it," Dennis said.

Dennis commented on his teammate, Boyett, "He has been involved with the FACE Consortium prior to its official start, as David was part of the team that developed the requirements for the AMRDEC's need to form a consortium that partnered with the Navy on the joint consortium vision and strategy, performed the market survey of the available consortium provides, and assisted with the selection of the Open Group to become the FACE Consortium provider."

"I am proud to be one of the founding members of the FACE Consortium. The open collaboration between Government and Industry that we have achieved within the Consortium has been crucial to our success," said Boyett.

"I am looking forward to seeing more products developed to our standards in the years to come."

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U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center is operationally aligned to the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, and administratively aligned to the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command. This joint alignment established a closely woven research, development, acquisition, and sustainment team to provide increased responsiveness to the nation's Warfighters. AMRDEC has the mission to deliver collaborative and innovative aviation and missile capabilities for responsive and cost-effective research, development and life cycle engineering solutions.