DoD Systems Engineering Goals

  • Oversee our organic engineering workforce and human capital strategy
  • Provide quality program support; identify and mitigate program technical risks, maximize opportunities
  • Implement agility and innovation; mature engineering practices to implement advanced technologies
  • Establish practices for cyber-resilient weapon systems
  • Migrate to digital acquisition, engineering, and manufacturing practice
  • Develop enterprise mission integration management capabilities
  • Enable trust and access to assured hardware and software
  • Support DoD CONUS/OCONUS counter-UAS capabilities

News and Upcoming Events

  • Department to Cancel Instruction on Militarily Critical Technologies List (Posted December 2018)
    The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 repealed the portion of the Export Administration Act of 1979 that mandated the creation and maintenance of the Militarily Critical Technologies List (MCTL). The Department of Defense (DoD) is therefore taking steps to cancel the related DoD Instruction 3020.46.... [more]

DoD Systems Engineering

The Department of Defense develops and delivers to our military highly effective but increasingly complex weapon systems. As the complexity of our systems has increased, so has the need for effective systems engineering throughout the life cycle. We face challenges in implementing robust systems engineering processes, from the identification and analysis of requirements through the selection and assessment of technology and architecture, analysis and coordination of complex system design, development, execution, and delivery of rigorously tested production systems with a full complement of sustainable hardware and software capability. In the past, the acquisition community has focused largely on the execution of programs at Milestone B and beyond. We are now focusing on early acquisition phases with rigorous technical planning and engineering analysis.

DoD is engaging in a variety of initiatives to strengthen defense systems engineering competency. The office works to advance the state of practice to address a range of engineering challenges, among them workforce development, system security engineering, and technical risk management.

Our primary goal is to ensure that DoD systems engineering capabilities focus on providing the technical insight required to support knowledge-based decision making throughout the acquisition process.