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2003 Speeches

Carl G. O'Berry

Vice President, Strategic Architecture

Boeing Integrated Defense Systems

"Lessons from Commercial Industry: What makes the 'Net' work?"

Aviation Week

NetCentric Conference

Washington, DC

October 08, 2003

Opening Premises:

Network-centric business has meant a common architecture, with common interfaces, common standards and common protocols.

Defense companies must adapt network technology to warfare in response to evolving user needs.

Changing to a net-centric business involves enormous changes in company culture as well as agility in response to fast evolving technology.

User concepts of operations must also be formulated with respect to advancing technology; but must also drive cultural and doctrinal changes-perhaps of the greatest magnitude in history.