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DoD Systems Engineering - What's New

What's New

  • Office of DASD(SE) Releases Risk, Issue, and Opportunity Management Guide, 2017 (Posted January 2017)

    ODASD(SE) released the revised guide in January 2017. This version is more product focused, emphasizing managing risks to deliver a product to the warfighter on time and on budget. It stresses the importance of identifying and understanding the technical risks before developing the Acquisition Strategy and other supporting documents to mitigate those risks. The guide suggests numerous risk, issue, and opportunity management strategies that have proven effective, but it encourages individual programs to tailor their approach to achieve results relevant to that program.

    Other key topics include risk management by acquisition phase and a new focus on opportunity management by which programs identify activities or decisions that could help programs create cost or schedule margin and achieve should-cost objectives.

  • DoD Participates in 19th Annual NDIA Systems Engineering Conference (Posted November 2016)

    The Office of DASD(SE) contributed to the 19th Annual National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Systems Engineering Conference, Springfield, VA, October 24-27, 2016, with 350 participating systems engineers and program managers from industry, government, and academia.

    Mr. Stephen Welby, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (ASD(R&E)), provided the keynote for the conference, focusing on systems engineering challenges, opportunities, and efforts to preserve technical superiority, enable new capabilities, and create technical surprise. Ms. Kristen Baldwin, Acting DASD(SE), presented the 2016 NDIA Ferguson Individual and Group Awards for Systems Engineering Excellence. Mr. Welby, ASD(R&E), received the individual award, and the CLUSTER TOPGATE team from the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC), Division Newport, received the group award.

    Ms. Baldwin chaired the Chief Systems Engineers panel during the plenary with representatives from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Department of Homeland Security, FAA, and NOAA. In addition, Lt Col David McIllece, ODASD(SE) Deputy for Systems Engineering Plans and Policy, chaired the Program Managers panel with participants from major acquisition programs in the Army, Navy, and Air Force.

    ODASD(SE) government team members delivered briefs on a range of systems engineering topics, including policy and guidance, DoD engineering workforce development, systems engineering innovation, digital engineering, system safety, reliability and maintainability, and cybersecurity. A panel from the Systems Engineering Research Center, led by Mr. Scott Lucero, discussed systems engineering methods for incorporating innovative technologies in DoD systems. For more information, see the ODASD(SE) NDIA conference briefs.

  • DAU Announces New Course on Program Protection Planning (Posted October 2016)

    Defense Acquisition University (DAU) announced a new distance learning course, ACQ 160, Program Protection Planning Awareness. The course provides training to members of the defense acquisition workforce, with an emphasis on the principles and policies of system security engineering.

    ACQ 160 is for military officers 0-3 and above, civilians GS-9 and above, and industry equivalents within the engineering field. The course is applicable to career fields including program management, information technology, contracting, logistics, test and evaluation, and system security engineering. There are no prerequisites for the course.

    All programs must work to prevent, detect, and respond to program protection challenges. This course provides training on threats, vulnerabilities, risks, cost-benefit risk trade-offs, and required mitigations for DoD systems. It addresses supply chain risk management and the need for acquisition program protection documents such as the Program Protection Plan (PPP), Cybersecurity Strategy, and Anti-Tamper Plans.

    ACQ 160 is an introductory, foundational course to provide an awareness of PPP terms, roles and responsibilities, policy requirements, and planning documents. It will be followed by ENG 260, PPP Planning for Practitioners (2017), in which students will learn how to implement the PPP throughout the acquisition life cycle.

    The ACQ 160 distance learning course is 17 hours long. Students have 60 days after enrollment to complete the course. DAU will award 17 Continuous Learning Points for attendance (1.7 CEUs).

    Registration is available through the DAU website.

  • DASD(SE) Addresses Trusted and Assured Microelectronics (Posted September 2016)

    DASD(SE) has introduced a new web page on Trusted and Assured Microelectronics (T&AM).

    Microelectronics are essential not only in the countless personal devices and machines of daily life but in the entire array of defense systems and technology on which the nation depends. In recent years, the production of microelectronics has begun to consolidate with fewer companies worldwide, not all of them with “trusted” credentials. The defense industry must remain alert to the ongoing changes and ensure continued access to trusted and assured foundry capabilities.

    The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (OUSD(AT&L)) is addressing both near-term and long-term access to trusted suppliers. The office is seeking feedback from industry and other government partners as it augments its strategy. References, contact information, and news on specific efforts are available on the T&AM page.

  • DASD(SE) Publishes Article on Cybersecurity in INCOSE INSIGHT (Posted August 2016)

    DASD(SE) Deputy Director for Strategic Initiatives D. Scott Lucero and Dr. Barry Horowitz of the University of Virginia (UVa) contributed System-Aware Cyber Security: A Systems Engineering Approach to Cyber Security to the July 2016 issue of INCOSE INSIGHT. The article describes methods for using design patterns to add a layer of security to detect and deflect attacks that have successfully penetrated the perimeter of a cyber physical system, either from outside attacks or from supply chain or insider-initiated attacks. The article makes the case for trying new engineering processes in a prototyping environment, in addition to performing traditional technology development.

    The article resulted from a study sponsored by the DoD Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC). UVa researchers proposed a “system-aware” concept using secure sentinels to protect physical systems beyond the usual network and perimeter boundaries. Using a prototype environment, the researchers proposed ways in which three elements—process, technology, and human factors—must combine to advance system-aware concepts from theory into practice.

    The article is reprinted here by permission of International Council on Systems Engineering.