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  • DASD(SE) Publishes Article on System Complexity in ITEA Journal (Posted April 2016)

    DASD(SE) authors Kristen Baldwin and D. Scott Lucero wrote the Inside the Beltway column “Defense System Complexity: Engineering Challenges and Opportunities” for the March 2016 ITEA Journal of Test and Evaluation.

    Although systems engineering and testing are among the DoD’s strengths, the traditional practice of engineering is challenged by many factors that translate into design and performance demands for defense engineers. The article discusses the challenges as well as DoD’s efforts to sustain and strengthen critical organic workforce capabilities; improve engineering, test, and evaluation methods and tools; and broaden partnerships with commercial and defense industry, universities, and research centers in a continued commitment to achieve superior capability for U.S. warfighters.

    The ITEA Journal of Test and Evaluation is available online for subscribers.

    The article is reprinted here by permission. © 2016 The International Test and Evaluation Association. Baldwin, Kristen, and D. Scott Lucero. “Defense System Complexity: Engineering Challenges and Opportunities.” The ITEA Journal of Test and Evaluation, March 2016; 37(1): 10-16.

  • DoD Announces Winners of the FY 2015 Defense Standardization Achievement Awards (Posted March 2016)

    The DoD Defense Standardization Program Office (DSPO) presented its annual Defense Standardization Achievement Awards to two individuals and five teams in recognition of outstanding contributions during FY 2015. The ceremony, hosted by Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering Kristen Baldwin and DSPO Director Greg Saunders, took place March 16 in the Pentagon Hall of Heroes.

    Since 1987, DSPO has recognized individuals and organization that have effected significant improvements in quality, reliability, readiness, cost reduction, and interoperability through standardization.

    The winners for FY 2015 are:


    • Dr. Terrence D’Onofrio, U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, invented a contact-based permeation research fixture and methodology which closed a critical gap in protection testing.
    • Mr. John Bonitatibus, Defense Logistics Agency, Land and Maritime, developed a new performance specification (MIL-PRF-32535) and 10 specification sheets, covering Extended Range Surface Mount Ceramic Chip Capacitors for High Reliability and Standard Reliability applications.


    • An Army-led team with members from the Navy and Air Force revised MIL-STD-1474 for Noise Limits.
      Team members include: Bruce Amrein, John Mallino, Charles Jokel, Richard McKinley, and Kurt Yankaskas.
    • A Navy team from the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) developed a standardized architecture and framework for producing a family of training simulators that replicate the functionality of the U.S. aviation, submarine, and surface ship tactical systems.
      Team members include: David Thomas, Darrell Conley, Bill Zeller, Khoa Vu, and Christopher Freet.
    • A Navy team from the Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Center, Pacific, determined that a standard 400 Hertz converter produced for the Army could replace the problematic 400 Hertz converter used in the Navy’s AN/FPN-63 (V) Precision Approach Radar (PAR).
      Team members include: Richard Gunn, Stephen Cox, Terry Stockton, and Erin Yakes.
    • An Air Force team developed MIL-STD-3050, Aircraft Crew Breathing System Using On-Board Oxygen Generating System (OBOGS) in response to a number of hypoxia like incidents due to OBOGS requirements not being consistently applied.
      Team members include: George Miller, Jose Ubinas, and Madeleine Istvan.
    • A Defense Information Systems Agency team replaced the legacy managed service, Defense Connect Online (DCO), with a collaboration service that features a modular open-standards architecture (MOSA).
      Team members include: Deepak Seth, Bruce Watkins, Jay Chung, Brian Fuchs, and Steven Crum.
    • The DSP Mission is to identify, influence, develop, manage, and provide access to standardization processes, products, and services for warfighters and the acquisition, logistics, and systems engineering communities. In addition, the program promotes interoperability and assists in reducing total ownership costs and sustaining readiness.

      See also a related article on the U.S. Department of Defense website.

      For information on past awards, visit the DSP website.

    • DASD(SE) Releases 2016 System of Systems Webinar Schedule (Posted March 2016)

      The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering (DASD(SE)) announces lineup for the 2016 System of Systems Engineering Collaborators Information Exchange (SoSECIE) webinars, co-sponsored with the National Defense Industrial Association Systems Engineering Division. These webinars bring together those in the DoD community (military, government, industry, and academia) interested in advancing systems engineering for systems of systems.

    • 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.