Retired Vice Adm. David Architzel, former Commander, Naval Air Systems Command:
“The Naval Aviation Enterprise recognizes that future capability will come from systems controlled by software. With the creation of the FACE Technical Standard, the DoD and our industry partners in the FACE consortium are setting the direction for software portability and interoperability. This standard will enable reduced costs and speed delivery of technical innovation to the warfighting community.”
Capt. Tracy Barkhimer, Program Manager, Air Combat Electronics Program Office (PMA-209):
“This is quite possibly the most important innovation in Naval aviation since computers were first incorporated into airplanes. This will truly pave the way for the future.”
Mr. Troy Brunk, Vice President and GM, Airborne Solutions, Rockwell Collins:
“The FACE concept is the next logical step for Aircraft Open Architecture Systems to minimize the cost and schedule of technology insertions and capability upgrades.”
Retired Maj. Gen. Tim Crosby, PEO Aviation, U.S. Army:
"FACE is exactly the kind of government-industry cooperative effort needed to ensure that Army Aviation keeps pace with the speed of information technology development that has so dramatically transformed our day-to-day lives. We see this as a key to providing our soldiers what they need to maintain a tactical advantage over the enemy."
Vice Adm. David Dunaway, Commander, Naval Air Systems Command:
"The FACE Technical Standard is an engine for innovation and affordability. It will accelerate delivery of integrated warfighting capabilities in a more competitive environment."
Rear Adm. Steven R. Eastburg, Vice Commander, Naval Air Systems Command:
"The FACE Consortium is a perfect example of the type of "win-win" partnerships that propel innovation and benefit all players - our programs, the industrial base (including small businesses), and ultimately the Warfighter. The business case is simple. With shrinking defense budgets and a strong demand signal from the government, companies are starting to realize their market shares will decline unless they adopt Open Architectures. And we know breaking "vendor lock" benefits programs by increasing competition and speed to market, and reducing sustainment costs, all pillars of OSD's "Better Buying Power initiatives."
Mr. George Kiefer, Vice President and GM, Avionics North America, GE Aviation:
“The FACE approach will spur lasting change, with cost, schedule and technical benefits that far outweigh the up-front costs.”
Brig. Gen. Robert Marion, PEO Aviation, U.S. Army :
"I view FACE as a viable strategy for promoting competition and lowering barriers for prime and third-party vendors to insert new avionics technologies into our Army aircraft. I fully concur with my predecessor's assessment that this cooperative government-industry effort can lead to tactical advantages over our adversaries through the rapid insertion of evolving technology. PEO Aviation will continue to actively support of the FACE initiative. FACE incentivizes modernization and promotes competition by creating opportunity for all potential avionics suppliers. Our goal in PEO Aviation is to develop capabilities that create tactical advantages over our adversaries. This cooperative government-industry effort will help us do that."
Col. Anthony W. Potts, Program Manager, PM Aviation Systems, U.S. Army:
“I have been a supporter of the FACE Consortium and its efforts since I was first briefed on their activities. Software portability is essential to reducing costs and expediting the fielding of new capabilities to our aviation warfighters. I have directed the FACE standards be applied to the design and development of the Improved Data Modem Open System Architecture (IDM OSA), as the Army’s first application of this important standard.”
Mr. Mark Swymeler, Vice President, Electronic Product Line, Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training:
“The FACE Common Operating Environment streamlines procurement, design, upgrade and sustainment of modern military systems.”