27 Companies agree to form NCO Industry Consortium.Saab participates in Industry-led Consortium for Net-Centric Operatio

27 Companies agree to form NCO Industry Consortium.
Saab participates in Industry-led Consortium for Net-Centric Operations

Washington, D.C. - Sept. 28 2004 - The Network Centric Operations
Industry Consortium, (NCOIC), a major international, industry-wide
consortium, was announced today, combining the technology and expertise
of 27 major companies to recommend a unified approach to creating a
global network-centric environment.

Members are BAE Systems, Boeing, CACI International, Carrillo Business
Technologies, Cisco Systems, EADS, EMC, Ericsson, Factiva, Finmeccanica,
General Dynamics, Hewlett-Packard, Honewywell, IBM, Innerwall, L-3
Communications, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Microsoft, Northrop
Grumman, Oracle, Raytheon, Rockwell Collins, Saab, SAIC, Smith's
Aerospace, Sun Microsystems and Thales North America, Inc., with The
Open Group acting as the management company.

NCOIC was created in response to customer requests that industry assume
a more prominent role in achieving network-centric capability. The
unique charter of the NCOIC makes it complementary to, not competitive
with, those other consortia, industry associations, and government
bodies that are also working toward the same goal of enabling customers
to transform to network centric operations. The focus for the members is
to collaborate on the details of the basic infrastructure that will
enable net-centric operations, while still enabling robust and healthy
competition across the industry.

The consortium will review requirements for information systems and
platforms, recommend established standards, incorporate best-of-industry
products, and seek government and commercial acceptance to consortium
plans on an ongoing basis. This will help to ensure that the established
architecture standards continue to meet the needs of governments and
private industry worldwide.

Wide acceptance and use of these standards will ensure that systems and
platforms, regardless of producer, meet the minimum interoperability
requirements established by the customer community. Standardization will
enable customers to rely upon and accepted technical foundation,
continuously updated and consistent with advancing technology that can
be applied to all programs. System developers will benefit from
increased reusability, significant reductions in development cost,
faster time-to-market, and increased leverage of rapidly advancing
information technology. Information technology providers and other
members of the commercial industry are expected to
realize significantly improved market opportunities as a result of the
increased capability and interoperability of their products.

Once formed, the consortium's primary objective will be to recommend
industry-led open standards to define a common architectural approach to
interoperability that is fully compliant with the needs of both
government and industry. The consortium will be open and inclusive, thus
bringing best of -industry technology and practice together in order to
accelerate the availability of this technology to customers seeking to
operate in a net-centric environment.

The group's working vision statement is: "Industry, working together, to
provide our customers a net-centric environment where all classes of
information systems interoperate by integrating existing and emerging
open standards into a common evolving global framework that employs a
common set of principles and processes."

Saab is one of the world's leading high-technology companies, with its
main operations focusing on defence, aviation and space. The group
covers a broad spectrum of competence and capabilities in systems

For further information please contact:
Guy Hörnfeldt, Director Communications & Public Affairs, Saab Systems
Phone: +46 (0)8 580 85370 or +46(0)70325 5370
E-mail: guy.hornfeldt@saabsystems.se


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