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The Department of Defense mandates the use of MIMOSA Standards

MIMOSA standards were inserted as mandated standards in the Department of Defense (DoD) Information Technology Standards Registry (DISR) Baseline Release 06-1.0 on 21 February 2006.

Mandated standards are standards deemed essential for providing interoperability and net centric services across the DoD enterprise. They are the minimum set of standards for the acquisition of all DoD systems that produce, use, or exchange information and, when implemented, facilitate the flow of information to the warfighter. These standards are mandated for the management, development, and acquisition of new or improved systems throughout the DoD.

"Insertion of the MIMOSA standards into the Defense Information Standards Registry as mandated standards further supports the DoD mandate to utilize open, industry developed standards," said Dr. William Craig, Director of the Software Engineering Directorate (SED), U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center .

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) performs communications, combat support computing, information assurance, joint command and control, and joint interoperability support core mission areas. These core missions provide integrated command, control, communications, and computing warfighting capabilities in support of the President, the Secretary of Defense, and other Department of Defense components in peace and at war. In support of these missions, DISA maintains the DISR.

The SED has established a MIMOSA Center of Excellence to assist DoD organizations in the implementation of the MIMOSA standards. The Center will model, describe, transfer, store, and provide query-response services for DoD MIMOSA data and information. SED personnel are also playing key roles in organizing the OpenO&M™ Military Joint Working Group, which provides a collaborative forum to help enable standards-based interoperability in the Joint Military Services.

"This is an important Milestone for MIMOSA adoption in the U. S. military services. The MIMOSA open standards enable platform and vendor neutral platform information management solutions in support of Joint Focused Logistics and I look forward to continuing collaboration with SED in the OpenO&M™ Military Working Group," said Alan T. Johnston, MIMOSA President.