print font size font_plus font_minus font_reset

Initiatives

Engineered Resilient Systems

The Engineered Resilient Systems (ERS) project focuses on improving design agility and cost-effectiveness during analysis and development, leading to improvements in testing, manufacturing, and fielding of mission-effective and adaptable systems.

The pace of change renders current point-design approaches unsustainable in both cost and time. ERS seeks to transform the contribution of defense systems engineering to acquisition decision making to address a geopolitical environment marked by rapidly changing threats, tactics, missions and technologies, and fiscal constraints.

Vision

The ERS project provides engineering, warfighting, and acquisition decision makers with advanced capability to manage a multidimensional trade space with full and consistent information throughout the system life cycle by:

  • Enabling more complete and robust requirements
  • Increasing efficiency and effectiveness of the engineering design process
  • Considering the manufacturability and support concepts of a proposed design explicitly
  • Establishing baseline resilience of current capabilities

ERS is intended to improve design agility and cost-effectiveness during analysis and development, leading to improvements in testing, manufacturing, and fielding of mission-effective and adaptable systems.

Impact of ERS

ERS encourages a Department of Defense (DoD)-wide, unified approach to analyze new concepts and systems or to adapt existing systems to changing mission requirements.

Examples include frameworks for engineering design visualization and tool integration. The frameworks assimilate physics-based models and engineering tools across acquisition disciplines to improve defense programs’ ability to perform trade space and requirements analyses, iteratively optimize designs, improve architectures to reduce or eliminate sensitivity to adversary tactics and capability improvements, and adapt system designs over time.

These integrated tools will operate within a framework that supports data-driven decision making in an innovative environment. ERS will provide advanced knowledge management, including data retention and lessons learned, and will enable multi-community collaboration.

Related Links


ERS Community of Interest and Contact Information

The ERS project is integral to the ERS Community of Interest (COI), one of the 17 Science and Technology (S&T) Strategic Priorities of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (ASD(R&E)). The COI provides leadership and strategic structure across all three Military Departments and recommends ways to organize ERS S&T investments to eliminate or minimize redundancy. The ERS COI includes senior leaders from all the Military Departments, as well as industry and academic partners.

ERS is one of several projects within the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Engineering Science and Technology Program Element (PE). ODASD(SE) serves as the ERS PE Manager within OSD, and the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) manages the daily operation of the ERS project under the leadership of the ERDC Director.

For more information, please contact the ODASD(SE) ERS team.