Interface management is a tool used by the Program Manager and his/her team to ensure that the system will interoperate with other companion systems and will be compatible with the overall architecture within which it must fit. An example is the GCCS architecture. New and extant military communication systems must be compatible with the GCCS architecture.
One popular method of interface management is applying interface & architecture criteria into the controlling system requirements document. This is usually done in conjunction with the establishment of an Interface Control Working Group (ICWG) and Interface Configuration Control Board (ICCB). These working groups review and control system development. selection, and testing to ensure that a related family of systems will interoperate.
An example of interface management is the DoD's Global Command & Control System & Defense Information Infrastructure Program (GCCS/DII). This program is an example of DoD's effort to field systems that are designed to common standards and protocols and will interface and interoperate with each other. To learn more about this exciting program, please click here GCCS & DII
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