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OPEN CI – Open Architecture Computing Infrastructure

The Power of Open Architecture

General Dynamics Mission Systems delivers technology breakthroughs and advancements directly to the warfighter with its open architecture computing infrastructure (OPEN CI).

As the computing backbone for the Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and the Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF), OPEN CI provides the Navy with the ability to deliver mission capability when and where it's needed most. OPEN CI is integrated into ships and connects proven, innovative hardware and software technology seamlessly and reliably. It enables the Navy to upgrade mission capability rapidly. Altogether, this approach delivers flexible, scalable and less expensive solutions that provide mission-specific capabilities to the warfighter faster and more cost-effectively than proprietary systems can.

Proven On Platforms

Through the use of OPEN CI, General Dynamics has proven that creating tailor-made, secure technology systems and solutions no longer requires the extreme expenditures, delays and development obstacles inherent to keeping yesterday’s wholly proprietary technology systems up to date. This approach eliminates the need to completely overhaul a system for even small changes to be made, effectively reducing time and unnecessary cost.

Integrated For Mission Effectiveness

The Independence-variant LCS was designed with the sailor in mind. The OPEN CI systems that control everything from driving the ship to firing its guns are designed and integrated to maximize automation and enable sailors to focus on their warfighting mission.

Readily Adaptable

From the start, the Independence-variant LCS was designed with OPEN CI to smoothly adapt to rapidly evolving mission needs. Similar to how new hardware and software applications can be added to a personal computer, the Independence-variant LCS is designed to quickly and easily plug in technology advancements while reducing overall costs.


The Independence-variant LCS was built with innovative technologies not found on other ships. The “any display, anywhere” capability enables a sailor to display any information on any monitor located throughout the ship. With OPEN CI, sailors are no longer limited to operating the ship from the bridge, allowing for efficient and mission-based crew allocation.


The scalable design of OPEN CI allowed General Dynamics to leverage the LCS computing infrastructure on the design of the Expeditionary Fast Transport,  reducing time and cost. Although the weapons, sensors and communications systems on the Expeditionary Fast Transport are different than those on the LCS, the infrastructure is the same, allowing the Expeditionary Fast Transport to smoothly adapt to rapidly evolving mission needs.

Best Capabilities

With the power of OPEN CI, the Independence-variant LCS and the Expeditionary Fast Transport are, and will continue to be, innovative ships that are able to progress alongside technology breakthroughs and leverage them to the greatest advantage. These ships are positioned to move forward with the best capabilities needed for continued mission success.

Technology Tailored To Real-World Requirements

Whether you need to accommodate a specific goal such as data protection or require comprehensive, end-to-end systems engineering, General Dynamics is the source for state-of-the-art, secure, updatable technology solutions all along the continuum.

Mission Management
OPEN CI allows warfighters to manage operations from a mission center or in the field through a proven, advanced technology interface that includes automated workflows, data visualization and knowledge management.

Best-in-industry sensors collect multi-INT data from airborne, satellite, stationary ground and mobile ground platforms.

Processors are integrated with the sensors to turn raw data into information that can be analyzed for immediate use.

Data Storage
Data and processed information are transmitted into a secure cloud environment for greater availability from the field or mission center where it can be duplicated, exploited and analyzed.

Analysts in the mission center exploit processed and archived data to deliver intelligence to decision makers. Users in the field can also have remote access to exploitation tools available in the cloud to rapidly produce real-time actionable intelligence.

Data Protection
Network cyber defense ensures the security of mission sensitive data through 24 x 7 watch support, network situational awareness, alert management, incident response and defense-in-depth capabilities.