Joint Common Architecture Demonstration (JCA Demo) Final Report
AMRDEC Redstone Arsenal United States
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The Joint Common Architecture Demonstration JCA Demo project was the first in a series of planned experiments under the Joint Multi-Role JMR Technology Demonstrator TD Mission Systems Architecture Demonstration MSAD Science and Technology S and T effort. JCA Demo focused on maturating key standards, processes, and tools necessary for the acquisition of affordable, common, reusable avionics capabilities. These include the Future Airborne Capability Environment FACE trademark standard, JCA Functional Reference Architecture, Model-Based Engineering MBE and Architecture Centric Virtual Integration Process ACVIP. Through a competitive model-based acquisition effort, two vendors were selected to develop are usable software component that the Army successfully integrated and demonstrated on two undisclosed mission computers. The JCA Demo approach of learning by doing resulted in dozens of actionable lessons learned that matured each of the standards, processes, and tools necessary to tackle complexity and affordability.