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DoD Systems Engineering - What's New

What's New

  • Defense Standardization Program Office Releases Revised DMSMS Guidance (Posted January 2016)

    The DoD Defense Standardization Program Office (DSPO) released SD-22 – Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS): A Guidebook of Best Practices for Implementing a Robust DMSMS Management Program. DMSMS challenges are inevitable. The guide includes best practices for acquisition programs to follow to anticipate and plan for DMSMS challenges and thereby minimize their impact.

    Examples of approaches discussed in the guidebook include the following:

    • Fully fund DMSMS management activities, proactive technical initiatives, and resolutions.
    • Ensure that the team is appropriately trained on, aware of, and involved in DMSMS issue prevention.
    • Get the contract language right. Contractor participation and government oversight are both critical to proactive DMSMS management.
    • It’s never too early to begin. Start early in design. Proactively monitor critical, highly vulnerable items, software, assemblies, and materials to identify potential problems before negative impacts occur.
    • Link DMSMS health assessments with the program’s product planning documentation to identify and mitigate issues before they materialize.
    • Ensure that resolutions minimize costs over the life cycle – but without sacrificing readiness or quality; solutions that are inexpensive early in the life cycle may have unaffordable future costs.
    • Obtain feedback from the DMSMS community on technologies used in design and redesign to avoid the inclusion of obsolete items.

    The guidebook is also available from the Defense Logistics Agency ASSIST database.

  • DASD(SE) Releases White Paper on Interactions Among Defense Communities (Posted November 2015)

    The DoD Development Planning Working Group, led by the office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering, released the white paper Interactions Among the Warfighter, Science & Technology, and Acquisition Communities. The paper describes the current roles, responsibilities, and interactions among the three communities. The paper presents an Interaction Diagram illustrating the ongoing and time-based influences that are occurring among the communities throughout the acquisition life cycle, then elaborates on the details of these interactions by community and acquisition phase.

    Early and continuous interaction among the DoD warfighter, S&T, and acquisition communities is essential to delivering effective, affordable, and sustainable solutions to meet warfighter needs. Although the paper is not intended to be all-inclusive or to prescribe activities or behaviors of the communities, it describes the existing framework in order to document and facilitate better understanding of the current interactions. The paper applies to defense acquisition program models 1–3 (Hardware-Intensive Program, Defense Unique Software-Intensive Program, and Incrementally Deployed Software-Intensive Program) and models 5–6 (Hybrid Program A (Hardware Dominant) and Hybrid Program B (Software Dominant)) described in Department of Defense Instruction 5000.02, Operation of the Defense Acquisition System.

  • DoD Participates in 18th Annual NDIA Systems Engineering Conference (Posted November 2015)

    The Office of DASD(SE) contributed to the 18th Annual National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Systems Engineering Conference, Springfield, VA, October 26-29, 2015, attended by more than 375 systems engineers and program managers from industry, government, and academia.

    Mr. Stephen Welby, Acting Principal Deputy, ASD(R&E), was the invited keynote speaker, delivering the latest information on Defense Research and Engineering initiatives. Ms. Kristen Baldwin, Principal Deputy, DASD(SE), chaired the Chief Systems Engineers panel during the opening plenary with representatives from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Department of Homeland Security, FAA, and NOAA. Ms. Baldwin also presented the 2015 NDIA Ferguson Individual and Group Awards for Systems Engineering Excellence. Mr. Stephen Henry, former Director of Engineering for the Northrop Grumman Information Systems Command and Control Division, received the individual award, and Raytheon’s Air and Missile Defense Radar Systems Engineering Team received the group award. Col Luke Cropsey, ODASD(SE) Deputy for Systems Engineering Plans and Policy, chaired the Program Managers panel.

    ODASD(SE) government team members delivered briefs on a range of systems engineering topics, including DoD engineering excellence, systems engineering policy and guidance, systems engineering and innovation, technical risk, DoD engineering workforce development, modular systems, mission-based analysis, the digital system model, reliability and maintainability, and system security engineering initiatives including the Joint Federated Assurance Center. A panel from the Systems Engineering Research Center discussed the transition of systems engineering research into practice. For more information, see the ODASD(SE) NDIA conference briefs.

  • CrossTalk Features DASD(SE) Article on Joint Federated Assurance Center (Posted September 2015)

    In Software and Hardware Assurance: DoD Establishes Federation of Software and Hardware Assurance, DASD(SE) team members Tom Hurt and Ray Shanahan discuss the DoD Joint Federated Assurance Center (JFAC).

    Keeping DoD hardware and software technology secure is more critical than ever. In response to a mandate from Congress, Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert O. Work chartered the JFAC as a federation of U.S. Military Department and agency software assurance (SwA) and hardware assurance (HwA) organizations and capabilities. According to this charter, the JFAC is charged with supporting program offices throughout the life cycle with SwA and HwA expertise, capabilities, policies, guidance, and best practices. The JFAC is responsible for coordinating with DoD organizations and activities that are developing, maintaining, and offering software and hardware vulnerability detection, analysis, and remediation support. Other roles and responsibilities of the JFAC include

    • Conducting SwA and HwA analyses and assessments in support of defense acquisition, operations, and sustainment activities;
    • Advocating for the advancement of DoD interests in SwA and HwA research, development, and test and evaluation activities; and
    • Building relationships with other communities of interest and practice in SwA and HwA such as other government organizations, academic environments, and private industry.

  • DASD(SE) Promotes Early Systems Engineering in Defense ARJ Article (Posted September 2015)

    In the Defense Acquisition Research Journal article Establishing the Technical Foundation: Materiel Solution Analysis Is More than Selecting an Alternative, DASD(SE) team members Aileen G. Sedmak, Zachary S. Taylor, and Lt Col William A. Riski, USAF (Ret.) discuss evidence that adequately resourced systems engineering and technical planning before Milestone A can help a program define realistic requirements, establish executable programs, and deliver systems on time and on budget.

    Several government and independent studies indicate effective systems engineering and program planning in the early stages of acquisition are essential to controlling costs and improving program results. The article describes the challenge of conducting good systems engineering and technical planning during the Materiel Solution Analysis (MSA) phase after completion of the Analysis of Alternatives and before Milestone A.

    The article also presents the work of the DoD Development Planning Working Group to mitigate this challenge by describing the technical activities in the MSA phase necessary to develop the level of knowledge and system concept maturity necessary to proceed into the next phase of acquisition. These technical activities are represented in a notional MSA Phase Activity Model.

  • DoD Releases New Directive on Anti-Tamper (Posted September 2015)

    DoD released the Department of Defense Directive (DoDD) 5200.47E, Anti-Tamper (AT), September 4, 2015. The directive establishes policy and assigns responsibilities regarding AT protection of critical program information in U.S. defense systems, in accordance with DoD Instruction (DoDI) 5000.02, Operation of the Defense Acquisition System, and DoDI 5200.39, Critical Program Information (CPI) Identification and Protection Within Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E). In addition, the directive formally designates the USD(AT&L) as the Principal Staff Assistant responsible for oversight of the DoD AT program and policy, and designates the Secretary of the Air Force as the DoD Executive Agent for Anti-Tamper.

    AT is a system security engineering (SSE) specialty intended to prevent or delay the exploitation of CPI in defense systems. The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering (ODASD(SE)) is the lead for SSE for the Department. ODASD(SE) led the effort to develop this issuance.