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Kirk Avery

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Fellow and Chief Software Architect for LM-Owego Rotary and Mission Systems (RMS), Lockheed Martin

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Q: How long have you been involved with The Open Group FACE™ Consortium?

I have been involved in the FACE Consortium since its inception in June of 2010.  I am currently Chair of the FACE Consortium Technology Work Group (TWG).

Q. What do you do, and how long have you been doing it? 

I am Lockheed Martin Fellow and the Chief Software Architect for Lockheed Martin-Owego Rotary and Mission Systems (RMS) with over 25 years’ experience in architecting, designing, developing, integrating, and deploying software solutions for military/commercial fixed and rotary wing aircraft systems and simulation systems. Over the course of my career, I have developed and provided leadership in the creation and deployment of many modular, open, flexible, scalable, and portable complex software solutions, systems, and architectures. My responsibilities include the implementation of the organization's software engineering product-line strategy and I am a subject matter expert in open architecture.

Q: Why did your organization become a member of the The Open Group FACE Consortium and what does your involvement look like? 

The FACE Mission and Vision align with the Lockheed Martin Open Architecture Strategy. Lockheed Martin recognizes the value of Open Architecture, and understands the value of enforcing and conforming to a strict set of Open Standards, emphasizing software product characteristics of portability, modularity, scalability, extendability, and interoperability, and supporting the establishment of a Common Operating Environment for platforms and products. Lockheed Martin is a Sponsoring Member of the FACE Consortium, holds leadership positions in the Consortium (TWG Chair, Primary Steering Committee Member, Subcommittees), and participates in many BWG and TWG Subcommittees and Standing Committees.


Q: How has membership in The Open Group FACE Consortium benefited you, your organization and the industry at large?

Our involvement in the Consortium has benefited in supporting my key responsibilities for open architecture and product line strategy implementation efforts. Lockheed Martin has benefitted from the Consortium in evolving it’s support for, implementation of, and collaboration on open architecture across the enterprise. Industry has benefited in understanding Customer visions and strategy for open architecture and collaborating on the development of the Technical Standard and business practices supporting open architecture strategy.

I hope to bring my expertise in open architecture and experience in architecting, designing, developing, integrating, and deploying software solutions to the Consortium in support of evolving the Technical Standard and Business Practices to create the ecosystem leading to success of meeting the key quality attributes of affordability, interoperability, and time to field for industry, our Customers, and the warfighter.

Q: Why is it important for other organizations to join The Open Group FACE Consortium?

To support industry and Government affordability, interoperability, time-to-field objectives of the FACE Technical Standard and business practices.

Q: What are your hobbies?

Teaching software engineering and programming. Playing and coaching Ice Hockey and Baseball


Q: What book are you currently reading?

In the Company of Heroes by Michael J. Durant


 

December 2017