Paul R. Popick and Melinda Reed contributed the article "Requirements Challenges in Addressing Malicious Supply Chain Threats." In today’s environment of cyber attacks and exploitation of system vulnerabilities, the systems engineer needs to be more aware of security during the system specification and design stage. The article discusses the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) state of practice for incorporating trusted system and network security requirements into the specifications for large, complex systems. The article describes the current environment, the trends that are influencing the need for system security engineering, and the types of system security requirements and analysis techniques DoD is using. INCOSE INSIGHT, July 2013 (16); 2: 23-27. Reprinted with permission of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE).
DoD Announces Winners of 2012 Value Engineering Achievement Award (Posted July 2013)
The Department of Defense announced the winners of the Fiscal Year 2012 Department of Defense Value Engineering Achievement Award. Review the DoD press release and a complete listing of the recipients from across the Department.
On May 8, 2013, the Department of Defense released a major update to the Defense Acquisition Guidebook (DAG) Chapter 4, Systems Engineering. The DAG Chapter 4 is the primary reference on the use of systems engineering throughout the system life cycle. With this release, the chapter has been restructured to provide Program Managers and Systems Engineers with life cycle phase and systems engineering technical review expectations, including a knowledge-based, technical-maturity table for key events. The chapter provides details on systems engineering technical and technical management processes and includes links to relevant policy, standards, and detailed guidance on key topics. The Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering developed the DAG Chapter 4 with contributors from 24 different organizations across the Department. The update reflects recent policy changes and Better Buying Power initiatives and emphasizes the role of systems engineering in providing balanced solutions (managing the system’s cost, schedule, performance, and risk) to deliver Warfighter capability needs. This brief provides an overview of the changes. The DAG Chapter 4 is available on the Defense Acquisition University Web site at https://acc.dau.mil/dag4
DoD Issues Counterfeit Prevention Policy (Posted May 2013)
The Department of Defense released DoD Instruction 4140.67 DoD Counterfeit Prevention Policy on April 26, 2013. The instruction:
- "Establishes policy and assigns responsibilities necessary to prevent the introduction of counterfeit materiel at any level of the DoD supply chain, including special requirements prescribed by section 818 of Public Law 112-81 related to electronic parts;
- Provides direction for anti-counterfeit measures for DoD weapon and information systems acquisition and sustainment to prevent the introduction of counterfeit materiel; and
- Assigns responsibilities for prevention, detection, remediation, investigation, and restitution to defend the DoD against counterfeit materiel that poses a threat to personnel safety and mission assurance."
DASD(SE) Announces 2013 System of Systems Webinars (Posted April 2013)
The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering announced plans (DASD(SE)) for the 2013 System of Systems Engineering Collaborators Information Exchange (SoSECIE) webinars, co-sponsored with the National Defense Industrial Association Systems Engineering Division. These webinars are intended to bring together the DoD community (military, government, industry, academia) interested in advancing systems engineering for systems of systems.