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What's New

  • DoD Celebrates Engineers Week (Posted February 2018)

    Acting DASD(SE) Ms. Kristen Baldwin co-hosted the 13th Annual Engineers Week Celebration at the Pentagon, February 21, in cooperation with the DoD Washington Headquarters Services (WHS) Facilities Services Directorate (FSD). As part of the EWeek events nationwide, the Department takes this opportunity to recognize the DoD engineering workforce, highlight engineering achievements and innovation, and encourage interest among new generations of engineers. This year’s national theme was “Inspiring Wonder.”

    Dr. Michael D. Griffin, newly appointed Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (USD(R&E)), provided opening remarks for the event, sharing his enthusiasm and sense of urgency for the Department’s engineering mission. Engineers solve problems, and the challenges and possibilities make engineering a most rewarding occupation.

    Featured speaker LTG Todd T. Semonite, Chief of Engineers and Commanding General, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, presented numerous examples of the positive impact of DoD engineers building projects at home and abroad. From bridges and dams to disaster relief, the Corps is present around the world and always building to improve and learn as they tackle each new project.

    The event included the presentation of two awards on behalf of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (ASD(R&E)):

    • Scientist of the Quarter Award: Dr. Richard Sciotti
      Dr. Sciotti is a Senior Scientist and Chief of Medicinal Chemistry for Experimental Therapeutics in the Military Malaria Research Program at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. He is recognized as a leader in malaria prophylaxis and small molecule antibiotic development for the Department of Defense.
    • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Advocate of the Quarter Award: Dr. John DiCecco
      Dr. DiCecco, Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport, is recognized for his efforts in STEM education and outreach programs and activities. His excellence in leadership and mentorship is reflected in his commitment to Division Newport-sponsored outreach and in the greater Naval Sea Systems Command Community.

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) presented demonstrations of R&D Map-Based Planning Services and an Environmental Toolkit for Expeditionary Operations, as well as a USACE history and poster display.

    Office of DASD(SE) provided a multimedia exhibit allowing participants to gain insight into the emerging DoD Digital Engineering concept, including examples of how the Department is applying digital, model-based engineering throughout the life cycle.

    Students from the FIRST Robotics program provided a demo of their creation, HMS Humpty Dumpty, the club's 120-pound, 6- wheeled, square rope climber. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to inspire young people to become innovators in science and technology while gaining confidence and leadership skills.

    See a DoD News article here.

    See ASD(R&E) tweets and photos here.

  • DoD SERC Featured in Special Issue of INCOSE INSIGHT (Posted January 2018)

    The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) published the September 2017 issue of INCOSE INSIGHT as a special feature on the DoD Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC). INCOSE and publisher John Wiley & Sons are offering the online issue free of charge until March 31, 2018: INCOSE INSIGHT 20(3), September 2017.

    The special feature brings together six articles from INCOSE symposia papers, two SERC-based articles first published by INSIGHT in 2016, a fellows column, book review, and an op ed. The articles offer a range of perspectives on systems engineering research and innovation:

    • A Complete Set of Systems Thinking Skills, Ross D. Arnold and Jon P. Wade An Initial Ontology for System Qualities, Barry Boehm and Nupul Kukreja
    • Semantically Enabled Model-Based Systems: Engineering of Safety-Critical Network of Systems, Leonard Petnga, Mark Austin, and Mark Blackburn
    • A Vision for Human-Model Interaction in Interactive Model-Centric Systems Engineering, Donna H. Rhodes and Adam M. Ross
    • Bringing Operational Perspectives into the Analysis of Engineered Resilient Systems, Valerie B. Sitterle, Erika L. Brimhall, Dane F. Freeman, Santiago Balestrini-Robinson, Tommer R. Ender, and Simon R. Goerger
    • Systems Engineering Simulation Experience Design: Infrastructure, Process, and Application, Richard Turner, Douglas Bodner, Duncan Kemp, Yvette Rodriguez, Jon Wade, and Peizhu Zhang
    • System-Aware Cyber Security: A Systems Engineering Approach for Enhancing Cyber Security, Barry M. Horowitz and D. Scott Lucero
    • An SoS Analytical Workbench Approach to Architectural Analysis and Evolution, Daniel DeLaurentis, Navindran Davendralingam, Karen Marais, Cesare Guariniello, Zhemei Fang, and Payuna Uday
    • Irrationality in Decision Making: A Systems Engineering Perspective, Scott Jackson
    • On Defining Agile Systems Engineering, Rick Dove
    Free access provided by INCOSE and Wiley through March 31, 2018: INCOSE INSIGHT 20(3), September 2017.

  • DASD(SE) Announces 2018 System of Systems Webinar Schedule (Posted January 2018)

    DASD(SE) has announced the 2018 System of Systems Engineering Collaborators Information Exchange (SoSECIE) web-based seminar series. All sessions take place on a Tuesday 11 am-Noon, Eastern Time. Members of the defense acquisition community from government, industry, and academia are invited to hear these free presentations on a wide range of relevant system of systems engineering topics. The goal of the series, held in association with the National Defense Industrial Association's SoS Engineering Committee, is to provide guidance, education, and training for SoS and dissemination of engineering best practices. See the SoSECIE page for more information. Webinar schedule: (PDF). Contact the SoSECIE Webinar Coordinator to be added to the e-mail list for future announcements, to obtain access instructions, or to make suggestions for future presentation topics.

  • DoD Participates in 20th Annual NDIA Systems Engineering Conference (Posted November 2017)

    The Office of DASD(SE) participated in the 20th Annual National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Systems Engineering Conference in Springfield, VA. Vice Admiral Paul A. Grosklags, Commander, Naval Air Systems Command, provided the conference keynote address highlighting model-based systems engineering. Acting DASD(SE) and the Deputy for SE Plans and Policy chaired three executive panels with Military Department and interagency colleagues discussing systems engineering achievements and challenges. The DASD(SE) team provided 19 presentations on a range of systems engineering topics. Ms. Kristen Baldwin, Acting DASD(SE), received NDIA's individual Lt Gen Thomas R. Ferguson Award for Systems Engineering Excellence. The group Ferguson Award recognized the DoD High-Performance Computing Modernization Program Computational Research and Engineering Acquisition Tools and Environments (HPCMP CREATE) program. Copies of ODASD(SE) briefs are available here.

  • DASD(SE) Publishes DAG Chapter 3 Supplement on Design Considerations Standards (Posted August 2017)

    DASD(SE) published a table on Defense Acquisition Guidebook (DAG) Chapter 3 Design Considerations Standards, now available on the Guidance and Tools page. The table provides a partial list of government and Department of Defense (DoD) adopted non-government standards relevant to the design considerations discussed in the DAG Chapter 3, Systems Engineering. Program Managers and Systems Engineers can incorporate the standards into acquisition contracts to support delivery of required operational capability.

  • DASD(SE) Publishes Paper on Digital Model-Based Engineering (Posted June 2017)

    DASD(SE), with support from other federal agencies, produced a paper discussing digital model-based engineering (DMbE) in an effort to identify what government organizations might expect in the course of moving to or infusing model-based systems engineering (MBSE) into their organizations. The term "DMbE" was developed by the MBSE Infusion Task Team to normalize, for the purposes of setting expectations and challenges, other similar initiatives, such as MBSE, model-based engineering, digital engineering, etc. This work should be viewed as a way to introduce the topic into an organization, with expectations for success, but without intruding on specific implementation details of an organization or Component.

    For more information on digital engineering, see also the Digital Engineering initiatives page.

  • 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.