This FACE Business Guide describes the business aspects of FACE and highlights to industry and Government acquisition professionals how FACE may affect software-based aviation electronics (avionics) acquisitions. This Business Guide also describes a range of business practices encouraging suppliers to develop portable FACE-conformant software components in order to lower costs, speed delivery, and produce higher quality aviation capabilities. Furthermore, this Business Guide identifies the function of a FACE Repository in making standardized aviation software that conforms to a technology standard more widely available and adoptable.
The question "Why FACE?" demands a business answer. There must be a clear benefit; otherwise, we are simply adopting open standards for the sake of open standards. A Government and industry team collaborated to assess the potential cost and benefit factors associated with FACE and developed scenarios and acquisition options that may arise from FACE implementation. This Business Guide lists the potential products, services, and documents that may be created and used during the adoption and implementation of FACE across the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and industry.
The ultimate goal of FACE is to ensure that the warfighter continues to get best-in-class systems while lowering costs and reducing implementation times. The Government and industry can both benefit from the broad adoption and implementation of the FACE Standards and business practices highlighted in this Business Guide.