Some observations from the power-free zone.
The modular by design approach is based on the simple concept of small modular components. In order to fully understand it, however, one must examine the actual components of this approach: standards, focus, flexibility, speed, communication, and stealth. I will now go into each of these concepts, providing examples for each of them but it is necessary to give a quick overview of the concepts before looking into how they apply to the approach and why you should consider adopting them. Standards When I first unveiled the modular by design concept, I didn’t think of this critical component. The idea was brought forth to me in one of the many discussions that ensued but it does make sense. A modular by design model should really be based on a common standard. The reason for this is that the basic precept of an aggregated model is lock-in through proprietary standards. The antidote to that is adoption of open standards. Focus Because modular units are small, they are generally much more focused than larger aggregated ones. However, because they are small, they must conserve energy and focus on the critical mission they want to accomplish. This forces them to get rid of…Read More