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International Cooperation

The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering (ODASD(SE) is involved in international efforts related to defense acquisition and systems engineering.

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

DASD(SE) is designated as the Department of Defense Standardization Executive. In this role, DASD(SE) oversees the Defense Standardization Program, a comprehensive, integrated standardization program linking DoD acquisition, operational, sustainment, and related military and civilian communities. The ODASD(SE) Director, Engineering Enterprise is responsible for the integration of DoDI 5000.02 and NATO System Life Cycle policies, and the Director of the Defense Standardization Program Office (DSPO) is responsible for materiel standardization policy and procedural issues as follows:

  • Committee for Standardization (CS)
    The DSPO is a member of the U.S. delegation to the Committee for Standardization (CS), a senior NATO Committee for Alliance standardization and is the authority for issuing policy and guidance for all NATO Standardization activities. In addition, the DSPO is the Chairman of the Standardization Management Working Group (SMWG), a subordinate body to the CS that serves as a forum for standardization subject matter experts to coordinate on standardization management, including NATO policy and guidance documents and civilian standardization matters, in order to efficiently and effectively implement the NATO Policy for Standardization.
  • AC/327, Life Cycle Management Group
    The NATO Conference of National Armaments Directors (CNAD) established the AC/327, Life Cycle Management Group in 2003. The ODASD(SE) Director, Engineering Enterprise is the US Head of Delegation, and represents DoD interests in NATO acquisition and materiel interoperability issues.

    AC/327 provides for an integrated, system life cycle approach, and structured process for life cycle management of NATO armament systems, services, and equipment. This is achieved through the managerial integration of all processes necessary to deliver these capabilities. The AC/327 Group is responsible for all acquisition life cycle policies, methods, procedures, and agreements, regarding systems engineering (hardware and software), quality, reliability and maintainability, configuration management, data management, risk management, and test and evaluation; and spanning across the full breadth of NATO systems, services, and equipment (i.e., not limited to armament systems under CNAD).

    Initiatives under AC/327:
    • Implementing the NATO policy on System Life Cycle Management through the adoption of ISO 15288 as the Alliance common acquisition process framework; and
    • Analyzing how technologies, national practices, and civil standards have changed and how it can improve rapid fielding of capabilities through secure, collaborative environments in multinational procurements.
    • Government procurement practices (e.g., CMMI, Allied QA Publications),
    • Project management methods and procedures,
    • Quality assurance requirements,
    • Government quality assurance framework,
    • Life cycle cost issues (e.g., engineering cost drivers),
    • Risk management requirements,
    • In-service environmental definition and testing requirements,
    • In-service support requirements and execution,
    • Obsolescence management requirements (life cycle systems engineering),
    • Disposal management requirements (life cycle systems engineering),
    • Technical interoperability requirements, and
    • Materiel standardization efforts (e.g., combat clothing, corrosion prevention, etc.).

Materiel Standardization Harmonization Team (MSHT)
The Defense Standardization Program Office (DSPO) serves as U.S. representation to the Materiel Standardization Harmonization Team (MSHT), a body of government defense standardization management experts who meet to coordinate views and share best practice; providing guidance to NATO Standardization Organization (NSO), European Committee for Standardization (CEN), European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) and European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), and advice to the European Defense Agency Materiel Standardization Group (MSG) and other organizations on defense standardization management.

The Technical Cooperation Program (TTCP)
The Technical Cooperation Program (TTCP) is an international organization that collaborates in defense scientific and technical information exchange; program harmonization and alignment; and shared research activities for Australia , Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The aim of TTCP is to foster cooperation within the science and technology areas needed for conventional (i.e. non-atomic) national defense. The purpose is to enhance national defense and reduce costs. To do this, it provides a formal framework which scientists and technologists can use to share information amongst one another in a quick and easy fashion. DoD Instruction 3100.08, The Technical Cooperation Program (TTCP), published August 7, 2012, provides additional information.

Collaboration within TTCP provides a means of acquainting the participating nations with each other’s defense research and development programs so that each national program may be adjusted and planned in awareness of the efforts of the other nations. This process avoids unnecessary duplication among the national programs, promotes concerted action and joint research to identify and close important gaps in the collective technology base, and provides nations with the best technical information available.

TTCP’s primary focus is in the applied research domain, but it also encompasses basic research and technology development activities. The scope includes the exploration of alternative concepts prior to development of specific weapon systems, collaborative research, sharing of data, equipment, materiel and facilities, joint trials and exercises, and advanced concept technology demonstrations. Cooperation within TTCP often acts as the catalyst for project-specific collaborations further down the equipment acquisition path.

The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secertary of Defense for Systems Engineering is a member of the TTCP’s Joint Systems and Analysis Group - Technical Panel 4 (Systems Engineering for Defence Modernization). The United States hosted the semi-annual meeting of TP 4 in 2007 and 2009.

US/UK/AUS Trilateral Software Intensive Systems Acquisition Improvement Group (SISAIG)
The United States/United Kingdom/Australia (US/UK/AUS) Trilateral Software Intensive Systems Acquisition Improvement Group (SISAIG) is focused on working together to improve the acquisition of software intensive systems (SIS). As described in the Framework for Activities [PDF, 474KB], the SISAIG provides a focus for working common issues within a joint forum to enrich and amplify the US/UK/AUS national software acquisition improvement efforts. The SISAIG is aimed at pursuing activities that deliver:

  • Improved acquisition processes;
  • Practical products;
  • Reduced risk exposure of defence SIS projects and programmes.

The group identified the following issues in SIS acquisition common to all three countries:

  • Policy and procedures
  • Requirement determination and documentation
  • Evolutionary acquisition and spiral development
  • Testing and integration lading to successful IOT&E
  • Software performance measures—metrics for management/oversight
  • Process maturity and improvement
  • Contracts—Intellectual property rights, incentives, past performance criteria
  • Information Assurance (IA)
  • Software cost estimating
  • Collecting, disseminating, and using Best Practices
  • Software skills of acquisition workforce, shortage of SW engineers
  • Strengthening and stabilizing the technology base
  • Industry participation forum
  • Software Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs)/software product maturity and software risk assessment
  • Architecture
  • Independent Expert Programme Reviews and Assessments

Descriptions of the the SISAIG's work can be found in the SISAIG 2006 Meeting Report. View the April 2008 DoD Software Engineering and System Assurance briefings from the annual meeting held in Australia: