The Program Executive Office for Aviation is hosting the U.S. Army's FACE Technical Interchange Meeting at the Von Braun Center East Hall Tuesday, Sept. 18 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The event provides an opportunity to see demonstrations of certified FACE conformant products and products aligned to the FACE Technical Standard, hear from Department of Defense and Army aviation leadership, and attend paper presentations on using the FACE Technical Standard and business practices. Attendance is free, but preregistration is strongly encouraged. Registration and other information is available at www.windriver.com/events/face-tim.

Philomena Zimmerman, deputy director of engineering tools and environments, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Systems Engineering, will provide the keynote address. Zimmerman is responsible for identifying and evolving modular open systems approach practices for use across DOD.

Brig. Gen. Thomas Todd, program executive officer for aviation, will provide remarks and open the Exhibit Hall.

"The FACE Technical Standard and supporting ecosystem is a critical component of Army aviation's strategy for moving to open systems architectures in accordance with congressional and DOD mandates," Todd said. "This TIM is a great opportunity for industry and our sister services to share, collaborate and advance open system approaches for aviation weapon systems."

More than 40 organizations will provide live demonstrations of real equipment, software and simulations, while another 12 will provide presentations from approved papers. The PEO Aviation booth 2 will showcase the UH-60 program office's innovative platform for the rapid fielding of new capabilities. This Rapid Integration Platform, leveraged from Utility Helicopters Project Office's Crew Mission Station, has been demonstrated in flight and will be used by an active duty unit as part of a limited user evaluation in 2019. The flexibility of this government owned architecture has proven to be adaptable to changing requirements and the rapid development of new capabilities. Fifteen other TIM booths, in partnership with the Army booth, will showcase the work of 20 organizations proving how the FACE approach enabled the flexibility and ease of integration into this Rapid Integration Framework.

The FACE approach consists of business processes, technical practices and a software standard, all which are designed to decrease barriers to modularity, portability and interoperability. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with the Open Group FACE Consortium members showcasing their efforts toward developing FACE applications. Through the reuse of software across multiple platforms, development costs, integration costs and time to field are reduced. Additional information about the FACE Consortium can be found at www.opengroup.org/face.