Lockheed Martin has announced it will replace current F-35 logistics software with a cloud-based solution, according to Reuters.
The current software, Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS), has been notoriously difficult to work with and has cost countless hours of lost time just trying to work around it. In fact, former Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson called ALIS “a proprietary system so frustrating to use, maintainers said they were wasting 10-15 hours a week fighting with it … and looking for ways to bypass it to try to make F-35s mission capable,” according to Breaking Defense.
Lockheed Martin appears to have a solution in its Operational Data Integrated Network (ODIN). ODIN “will be streamlined for efficiency ‘with the voice of the maintainer and the pilots at the forefront of the requirements list,’” according to Reuters. ODIN will be cloud-based, provide near real-time data on aircraft systems and should offer greater cybersecurity than ALIS. Lockheed Martin expects to have the majority of F-35s upgraded by the end of 2022, “except those deployed remotely or on ships.”
This news is another example of what experts have been saying for years, namely that cloud computing is more secure than on-premise systems. If the Air Force, not to mention intelligence agencies, are trusting the cloud for mission-critical tasks, it’s a good sign for the overall security of cloud computing.