DoD Systems Engineering - What's New
DASD(SE) Releases 2015 System of Systems Webinar Schedule (Posted April 2015)
The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering (DASD(SE)) announces lineup for the 2015 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.
The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering has released “Guidance to Requiring Activities for Implementing Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement Clause 252.204-7012 (Safeguarding Unclassified Controlled Technical Information).”
This guidance will assist Requiring Activities to carry out their responsibilities should a defense contractor report a compromise on a contract that contains unclassified CTI. The guidance contains the main Requiring Activity responsibilities with regard to the DFARS clause, instructions for media submission, and answers to frequently asked questions.
The Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy (DPAP) office within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics published the DFARS clause in November 2013. When included in a DoD contract, the clause requires a company to report to the Department the possible exfiltration, manipulation, or other loss or compromise of unclassified CTI; or other activities that allow unauthorized access to the contractor’s unclassified information system on which unclassified CTI is resident or transiting.
In addition, in December 2014 DPAP published a revision to DFARS Subpart 204.73 to add references to the Procedures, Guidance, and Information to assist contracting officers in implementing the clause.
DoD Releases Request for Innovative Technologies in Support of the LRRDP (Posted December 2014)
The Department of Defense announced a Request for Information in support of the Long-Range Research and Development Program Plan (LRRDPP) focused on identifying, developing, and fielding key breakthrough technologies and systems that sustain and advance U.S. military capabilities in key areas such as: autonomy, robotics, miniaturization, big data, advanced manufacturing, disaggregated networked systems, etc.). LRRDPP is a new effort to gather information from a broad group of people in order to study and prioritize new or unconventional applications of technology in ways that would provide significant, advantage to future national security capabilities. The DoD anticipates using input to help in the internal analysis and prioritization of future DoD research and development investments. It is the Department’s goal to reach out to the best and brightest minds from industry, academia, labs (government and corporate), FFRDCs/engineering centers/product centers, think tanks, small business and the general public - to help us think through the technologically-enabled systems and architectures that we will want to have available post-2025. If your organization has technologies, concepts, or ongoing efforts that are applicable to this goal and you would like to share these ideas with our government team, please submit your ideas through the online submission site.
The Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering (DASD(SE)) presented the 2014 Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS) Award to two individuals and five teams and two lifetime achievement awards at the 2014 DMSMS Conference. The award recognizes individuals and teams from the government who are most responsible for significant achievements in proactive DMSMS management and implementation. The DMSMS awards are based on achievements in the following areas:
- Exceptional DMSMS management
- Significantly improved and quantifiable readiness levels
- Substantial cost avoidance
- Exceptional warfighter support related to or realized through mitigation of a DMSMS issue
- Creation or implementation of a DMSMS best practice that increases supportability and availability of systems to the warfighter
Many military systems and equipment are part of the DoD inventory for extended periods of time, years and even decades. However as new technology becomes available, manufacturers may no longer support the equipment or component making it more difficult to repair. Mechanical parts may be harder to purchase because as the demand for these parts decreases, there is less economic incentive to continue to manufacture them. In other instances, the materials required to manufacture a piece of equipment may not be available. DMSMS experts focus on identifying and mitigating the loss or impending loss of manufacturers of items or suppliers of items or raw materials that could put the future operation of a DoD system or subsystem at risk.
The evaluation committee was comprised of the DMSMS Military Service leads and the co-chairs of the DoD DMSMS Working Group. This year, the following individuals and groups are recognized for demonstrating achievement in addressing DMSMS.
Mr. Charles McQuillan, Project Manager, Virginia-Class Submarine Technology Refresh Integrated Product Team (IPT), Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC), Keyport Division
Ms. Christine Metz, Chief, Technical and Quality Division, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Headquarters
Mr. John H. Gibson, Deputy Assistant Program Manager for Logistics (DAPML) for DMSMS, E-6B Airborne Strategic Command, Control and Communications, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division
Mr. Charles Besore, Lead Electronics Engineer, DMSMS and Generalized Emulation of Microcircuits (GEM) Program Office, DLA Land and MaritimeTeams
Joint Air to Ground Missiles (JAMS) Program Office, Hellfire Missile and M299/MM299 Launchers Obsolescence Management Program, Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center (AMRDEC)
Team Submarine, Obsolescence Information Management and Technical Support Branch, NUWC, Keyport Division
Aircraft Carrier Proactive Obsolescence Improvement Team, Program Executive Office (PEO) Aircraft Carriers, Naval Sea Systems Command
Obsolescence Management Team (OMT), NAVAIR 188.8.131.52 DMSMS Branch, Naval Air Systems Command
Joint Air to Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) Program Office, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Air Force Materiel Command