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DoD Systems Engineering - What's New

What's New

  • DASD(SE) Releases Best Practices for Using Systems Engineering Standards on Contracts (Posted April 2017)

    DASD(SE) released the guidance document Best Practices for Using Systems Engineering Standards (ISO/IEC/IEEE 15288, IEEE 15288.1, and IEEE 15288.2) on Contracts for Department of Defense Acquisition Programs in April 2017. The guidance document recommends techniques for implementing the DoD-adopted systems engineering standards on acquisition programs throughout the system life cycle.

    Effectively applying systems engineering processes throughout the life cycle has shown to improve program performance, as measured by the project’s ability to satisfy technical requirements within cost and schedule constraints. The guidance includes example contractual language and a tailoring template to help the acquirer effectively communicate project needs and to assist offerors to effectively communicate how they meet those needs. Beyond the Request for Proposal stage, the guidance provides insight for using 15288 standards to measure process, output, and technical review compliance during contract execution. For more information, see the ODASD(SE) brief providing an overview of this guidance document.

  • DASD(SE) Releases Update to Guidebook for Acquiring Engineering Technical Services (ETS) (Posted April 2017)

    DASD(SE)/Homeland Defense Capability Development has released Version 2.0 of the Guidebook for Acquiring Engineering Technical Services (ETS): Best Practices and Lessons Learned.

    Version 2.0 includes additional real-world examples of strategies and approaches being employed by specific programs and military commands. The new version also includes updates to web links and other resources.

  • DASD(SE) Contributes to Revised Defense Acquisition Guidebook (Posted March 2017)

    The Department of Defense (DoD) released the revised Defense Acquisition Guidebook (DAG) in February 2017. DASD(SE) contributed two chapters, Systems Engineering (now chapter 3) and Program Protection (now chapter 9), the primary resources programs use to implement systems engineering and program protection planning throughout the acquisition life cycle.

    The revised chapters reflect recent policy changes, Better Buying Power and DASD(SE) initiatives, best practices, and resources. Chapter 9 integrates program protection and cybersecurity planning as prescribed in the revised DoD Instruction 5000.02, Enclosure 14, Cybersecurity in the Defense Acquisition System.

    DASD(SE) developed the chapters in collaboration with DoD contributors from across the Services and DoD Components, incorporating collective experiences and wisdom from the development, evaluation, and refinement of systems engineering and program protection plans and processes.

    The revised DAG chapters have also been reformatted to align to new DAG standardization guidelines. The DAG is available on the Defense Acquisition University website at

    For more information on the DAG Chapter 3 Update, see the ODASD(SE) brief providing an overview of the changes.

  • 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.