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    The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 repealed the portion of the Export Administration Act of 1979 that mandated the creation and maintenance of the Military Critical Technologies List (MCTL).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

    The Defense Technology Security Administration (DTSA) is responsible for international transfer of export-controlled technology and sharing of classified military information. DTSA establishes guidelines and assists DoD Components in complying with DoD policy and applicable U.S. laws and regulations. DTSA has primary responsibility for DoD’s input into the U.S. Government’s export control reform efforts. DTSA technical experts are working with experts throughout the Department and other U.S. Government agencies to identify items and technologies that provide unique military and intelligence capabilities.

    Programs should refer to the following links for additional guidance on export control.

  • OUSD(R&E) Contributes to NDIA Systems Engineering Conference (Posted November 2018)

    OUSD(R&E) provided more than 20 presentations for the annual National Defense Industrial Association Systems Engineering Conference in Tampa, Florida. Topics included mission engineering, digital engineering, the Acquisition Agility Act, workforce, cybersecurity, software engineering, and microelectronics. See copies of the presentations.

  • DASD(SE) to Host Webinar on Digital Engineering Strategy (Posted August 2018)

    Ms. Philomena Zimmerman, Deputy Director for Engineering Tools and Environments, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, will provide an overview of the Digital Engineering Strategy, Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 1100-1200.

    Download a copy of the strategy here. See also SoSECIE Webinars page.

  • DASD(SE) Keynotes INCOSE Conference (Posted July 2018)

    Acting DASD(SE) Kristen Baldwin provided the closing keynote address for the July 2018 INCOSE International Symposium, “U.S. Department of Defense Systems Engineering for National Security.” Drawing from the National Defense Strategy (NDS), Ms. Baldwin illustrated the critical relationship with systems engineering. She described key initiatives to support the NDS, including DoD digital engineering, system security engineering, and the role of systems engineering research in maintaining a technological advantage.

    Ms. Baldwin discussed the release of the new DoD Digital Engineering Strategy, an initiative to transform the way the Department approaches engineering. The strategy promotes the use of an integrated digital environment to design, develop, and manage systems throughout the lifecycle, relying on an authoritative source of data and models. Digital engineering updates DoD systems engineering practice to take advantage of advances in computational technology and data sciences.

    She also highlighted the Systems Engineering Capstone Program, an initiative that allows DoD sponsors to connect with engineering students, providing them with an opportunity to research and help solve real-world multidisciplinary systems engineering problems in senior design classes.

    See a copy of Ms. Baldwin's presentation here | tweet

    For more about the symposium, see INCOSE.

  • DoD Releases Digital Engineering Strategy (Posted July 2018)

    The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering has released the DoD Digital Engineering Strategy. The strategy promotes the use of digital representations of systems and components and the use of digital artifacts to design and sustain national defense systems.

    The Department’s five strategic goals for digital engineering are

    • Formalize the development, integration, and use of models to inform enterprise and program decision making
    • Provide an enduring, authoritative source of truth
    • Incorporate technological innovation to improve the engineering practice
    • Establish a supporting infrastructure and environment to perform activities, collaborate, and communicate across stakeholders
    • Transform the culture and workforce to adopt and support digital engineering across the life cycle

    The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering led the development of the strategy in coordination with the Uniformed Services, Agency engineering offices, academia, and industry.

    Download the Digital Engineering Strategy.

    USD(R&E) Memorandum for the Military Departments, June 25, 2018

    USD(R&E) Memorandum for the Deputy Secretary of Defense, July 2, 2018

    For more information and a video on the initiative, see the Digital Engineering web page.

  • DoD Announces FY 2017 Value Engineering Achievement Award Recipients (Posted June 2018)

    In a ceremony at the Pentagon on June 28, the Department of Defense (DoD) presented the FY 2017 Value Engineering (VE) Awards. As part of the broader DoD Honorary VE Awards Program, the award recognizes DoD civilian and military organizations, teams, individuals, and programs or projects demonstrating exemplary VE accomplishments.

    Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering Kristen J. Baldwin honored the award recipients.

    "Value engineering award winners represent the Department's success in improving reliability, quality, and safety while delivering performance with affordability and speed," Baldwin said. "This year's recipients executed exemplary efforts, providing superior capability to the Warfighter while garnering cost savings or cost avoidance, quality improvements, and efficiency for the department."

    Value engineering was born out of innovative material and design alternatives resulting from the material shortages of World War II. DoD Components use VE to analyze programs, projects, systems, products, equipment, facilities, buildings, services, and supplies to achieve essential functions at the lowest life cycle cost consistent with required performance, reliability, quality, and safety.

    To view a video of the ceremony, visit See the article on

    For a list of FY 2017 VE Achievement Award recipients and descriptions of their accomplishments, as well as information on past recipients, visit the Value Engineering Initiative page.

  • Acting DASD(SE) Keynotes Women in Defense Conference (Posted June 2018)

    Acting DASD(SE) Kristen Baldwin provided the keynote address for the Women in Defense conference in Washington, D.C., June 14, inspiring participants to consider defense engineering and leadership as a career.

    Ms. Baldwin highlighted the potential for women to consider contributing their talent and skills to advance the field of engineering, from basic research to advanced capabilities. She discussed the competitiveness of the global domain and the importance of innovation to retain technical superiority.

    She discussed recent workforce trends and shared the Department’s commitment to developing and retaining highly qualified people for rewarding careers in defense engineering. Although DoD has seen a slight decrease in the ratio of women employees in the last 10 years, the ratio of women executives has increased.

    See the National Defense article by Yasmin Tadjdeh.

    For more on the conference, see Women in Defense | Tweet

  • DoD Value Engineering Award Nominations Due May 1 (Posted April 2018)

    DoD is accepting nominations for the FY 2017 Value Engineering (VE) Achievement Award, which recognizes DoD civilian and military organizations, teams, projects, and individuals for demonstrating exemplary VE accomplishments. Senior VE Management Officials may submit nominations to the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering (ODASD(SE)).

    Recipients of the DoD VE Achievement Award will be honored on June 28 in a ceremony at the Pentagon. For more information, see the Value Engineering Initiative page.

    Call for FY 2017 Value Engineering Nominations

  • DASD(SE) Publishes Acquisition Program Technical Certifications Summary, Version 2 (Posted March 2018)

    DASD(SE) published an update to the Acquisition Program Technical Certifications Summary, available on the Guidance and Tools page. The updated summary provides a non-exhaustive set of program and system-level certifications and supplements the Defense Acquisition Guidebook (DAG) Chapter 3, Systems Engineering. Some of the certifications listed are applicable across the Department of Defense, whereas others are Service specific. Program Managers and Systems Engineers should consult their Service-specific, joint, or ODASD(SE) domain experts to determine if other certifications may be required.

  • 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 (USACE), presented numerous examples of the positive impact of DoD engineering projects at home and abroad. From bridges and dams to disaster relief, the Corps is present around the world and always working 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.