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2016
  • DoD Participates in 19th Annual NDIA Systems Engineering Conference (Posted November 2016)

    The Office of DASD(SE) contributed to the 19th Annual National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Systems Engineering Conference, Springfield, VA, October 24-27, 2016, with 350 participating systems engineers and program managers from industry, government, and academia.

    Mr. Stephen Welby, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (ASD(R&E)), provided the keynote for the conference, focusing on systems engineering challenges, opportunities, and efforts to preserve technical superiority, enable new capabilities, and create technical surprise. Ms. Kristen Baldwin, Acting DASD(SE), presented the 2016 NDIA Ferguson Individual and Group Awards for Systems Engineering Excellence. Mr. Welby, ASD(R&E), received the individual award, and the CLUSTER TOPGATE team from the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC), Division Newport, received the group award.

    Ms. Baldwin chaired the Chief Systems Engineers panel during the plenary with representatives from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Department of Homeland Security, FAA, and NOAA. In addition, Lt Col David McIllece, ODASD(SE) Deputy for Systems Engineering Plans and Policy, chaired the Program Managers panel with participants from major acquisition programs in the Army, Navy, and Air Force.

    ODASD(SE) government team members delivered briefs on a range of systems engineering topics, including policy and guidance, DoD engineering workforce development, systems engineering innovation, digital engineering, system safety, reliability and maintainability, and cybersecurity. A panel from the Systems Engineering Research Center, led by Mr. Scott Lucero, discussed systems engineering methods for incorporating innovative technologies in DoD systems. For more information, see the ODASD(SE) NDIA conference briefs.

  • DAU Announces New Course on Program Protection Planning (Posted October 2016)

    Defense Acquisition University (DAU) announced a new distance learning course, ACQ 160, Program Protection Planning Awareness. The course provides training to members of the defense acquisition workforce, with an emphasis on the principles and policies of system security engineering.

    ACQ 160 is for military officers 0-3 and above, civilians GS-9 and above, and industry equivalents within the engineering field. The course is applicable to career fields including program management, information technology, contracting, logistics, test and evaluation, and system security engineering. There are no prerequisites for the course.

    All programs must work to prevent, detect, and respond to program protection challenges. This course provides training on threats, vulnerabilities, risks, cost-benefit risk trade-offs, and required mitigations for DoD systems. It addresses supply chain risk management and the need for acquisition program protection documents such as the Program Protection Plan (PPP), Cybersecurity Strategy, and Anti-Tamper Plans.

    ACQ 160 is an introductory, foundational course to provide an awareness of PPP terms, roles and responsibilities, policy requirements, and planning documents. It will be followed by ENG 260, PPP Planning for Practitioners (2017), in which students will learn how to implement the PPP throughout the acquisition life cycle.

    The ACQ 160 distance learning course is 17 hours long. Students have 60 days after enrollment to complete the course. DAU will award 17 Continuous Learning Points for attendance (1.7 CEUs).

  • DASD(SE) Addresses Trusted and Assured Microelectronics (Posted September 2016)

    DASD(SE) has introduced a new web page on Trusted and Assured Microelectronics (T&AM).

    Microelectronics are essential not only in the countless personal devices and machines of daily life but in the entire array of defense systems and technology on which the nation depends. In recent years, the production of microelectronics has begun to consolidate with fewer companies worldwide, not all of them with “trusted” credentials. The defense industry must remain alert to the ongoing changes and ensure continued access to trusted and assured foundry capabilities.

    The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (OUSD(AT&L)) is addressing both near-term and long-term access to trusted suppliers. The office is seeking feedback from industry and other government partners as it augments its strategy. References, contact information, and news on specific efforts are available on the T&AM page.

  • DASD(SE) Publishes Article on Cybersecurity in INCOSE INSIGHT (Posted August 2016)

    DASD(SE) Deputy Director for Strategic Initiatives D. Scott Lucero and Dr. Barry Horowitz of the University of Virginia (UVa) contributed System-Aware Cyber Security: A Systems Engineering Approach to Cyber Security to the July 2016 issue of INCOSE INSIGHT. The article describes methods for using design patterns to add a layer of security to detect and deflect attacks that have successfully penetrated the perimeter of a cyber physical system, either from outside attacks or from supply chain or insider-initiated attacks. The article makes the case for trying new engineering processes in a prototyping environment, in addition to performing traditional technology development.

    The article resulted from a study sponsored by the DoD Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC). UVa researchers proposed a “system-aware” concept using secure sentinels to protect physical systems beyond the usual network and perimeter boundaries. Using a prototype environment, the researchers proposed ways in which three elements—process, technology, and human factors—must combine to advance system-aware concepts from theory into practice.

    The article is reprinted here by permission of International Council on Systems Engineering.

  • DASD(SE) Releases Engineering Technical Services Guidebook (Posted July 2016)

    DASD(SE) released the Guidebook for Acquiring Engineering Technical Services: Best Practices and Lessons Learned, Version 1.0. The guide was developed specifically to address strategies to improve the acquisition of engineering technical services (ETS) by DoD. The guide is written in a format to help contracting and buying of ETS for people who are not experts in doing so. It is not intended to be all-encompassing, but rather a high-level guide to present some useful best practices and lessons learned from across the Department. The guide provides suggested strategies for acquiring ETS, important considerations, and implications of different strategies.

    Improving ETS acquisition of services is a focus area of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics’ Better Buying Power 3.0 initiative. The focus area seeks to improve the management of contracted services, which now account for more than 50 percent of DoD contracted dollars. The guide is intended to be a living document.

    ETS is one of six portfolios in the Office of the Secretary of Defense Knowledge-Based Services portfolio. DASD(SE) is the Functional Domain Expert for contracted ETS within DoD. The ODASD(SE) Director, Homeland Defense Capability Development (HDCD) led the effort, with contributions from the Services, Missile Defense Agency, and Defense Logistics Agency Senior Service Managers and Component Level Leads, and Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy.

    For more information, contact the ODASD(SE) HDCD staff. The ETS Guidebook version 1.0 can be found here.

  • DASD(SE) Initiates Digital Engineering Working Group (Posted July 2016)

    DASD(SE) has chartered the Digital Engineering Working Group (DEWG) with representatives of Program Executive Offices, Program Manager engineering teams, and science and technology proponents. The DEWG will help promote digital engineering principles throughout the Services and in other government agencies. It will explore ways to transfer traditional acquisition processes to a digital model-centric environment, and it will develop and implement the digital engineering concept across engineering functions and within the Defense Acquisition System.

    The Digital Engineering (DE) page of the DASD(SE) website includes an overview of DE challenges and goals, definitions, related policy and guidance, and other resources.

  • DASD(SE) Publishes Article on System Complexity in ITEA Journal (Posted April 2016)

    DASD(SE) authors Kristen Baldwin and D. Scott Lucero wrote the Inside the Beltway column “Defense System Complexity: Engineering Challenges and Opportunities” for the March 2016 ITEA Journal of Test and Evaluation.

    Although systems engineering and testing are among the DoD’s strengths, the traditional practice of engineering is challenged by many factors that translate into design and performance demands for defense engineers. The article discusses the challenges as well as DoD’s efforts to sustain and strengthen critical organic workforce capabilities; improve engineering, test, and evaluation methods and tools; and broaden partnerships with commercial and defense industry, universities, and research centers in a continued commitment to achieve superior capability for U.S. warfighters.

    The ITEA Journal of Test and Evaluation is available online for subscribers.

    The article is reprinted here by permission. © 2016 The International Test and Evaluation Association. Baldwin, Kristen, and D. Scott Lucero. “Defense System Complexity: Engineering Challenges and Opportunities.” The ITEA Journal of Test and Evaluation, March 2016; 37(1): 10-16.

  • DoD Announces Winners of the FY 2015 Defense Standardization Achievement Awards (Posted March 2016)

    The DoD Defense Standardization Program Office (DSPO) presented its annual Defense Standardization Achievement Awards to two individuals and five teams in recognition of outstanding contributions during FY 2015. The ceremony, hosted by Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering Kristen Baldwin and DSPO Director Greg Saunders, took place March 16 in the Pentagon Hall of Heroes.

    Since 1987, DSPO has recognized individuals and organization that have effected significant improvements in quality, reliability, readiness, cost reduction, and interoperability through standardization.

    The winners for FY 2015 are:

    Individuals

    • Dr. Terrence D’Onofrio, U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, invented a contact-based permeation research fixture and methodology which closed a critical gap in protection testing.
    • Mr. John Bonitatibus, Defense Logistics Agency, Land and Maritime, developed a new performance specification (MIL-PRF-32535) and 10 specification sheets, covering Extended Range Surface Mount Ceramic Chip Capacitors for High Reliability and Standard Reliability applications.

    Teams

    • An Army-led team with members from the Navy and Air Force revised MIL-STD-1474 for Noise Limits.
      Team members include: Bruce Amrein, John Mallino, Charles Jokel, Richard McKinley, and Kurt Yankaskas.
    • A Navy team from the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) developed a standardized architecture and framework for producing a family of training simulators that replicate the functionality of the U.S. aviation, submarine, and surface ship tactical systems.
      Team members include: David Thomas, Darrell Conley, Bill Zeller, Khoa Vu, and Christopher Freet.
    • A Navy team from the Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Center, Pacific, determined that a standard 400 Hertz converter produced for the Army could replace the problematic 400 Hertz converter used in the Navy’s AN/FPN-63 (V) Precision Approach Radar (PAR).
      Team members include: Richard Gunn, Stephen Cox, Terry Stockton, and Erin Yakes.
    • An Air Force team developed MIL-STD-3050, Aircraft Crew Breathing System Using On-Board Oxygen Generating System (OBOGS) in response to a number of hypoxia like incidents due to OBOGS requirements not being consistently applied.
      Team members include: George Miller, Jose Ubinas, and Madeleine Istvan.
    • A Defense Information Systems Agency team replaced the legacy managed service, Defense Connect Online (DCO), with a collaboration service that features a modular open-standards architecture (MOSA).
      Team members include: Deepak Seth, Bruce Watkins, Jay Chung, Brian Fuchs, and Steven Crum.

    The DSP Mission is to identify, influence, develop, manage, and provide access to standardization processes, products, and services for warfighters and the acquisition, logistics, and systems engineering communities. In addition, the program promotes interoperability and assists in reducing total ownership costs and sustaining readiness.

    See also a related article on the U.S. Department of Defense website.

  • DASD(SE) Releases 2016 System of Systems Webinar Schedule (Posted March 2016)

    The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering (DASD(SE)) announces lineup for the 2016 System of Systems Engineering Collaborators Information Exchange (SoSECIE) webinars, co-sponsored with the National Defense Industrial Association Systems Engineering Division. These webinars bring together those in the DoD community (military, government, industry, and academia) interested in advancing systems engineering for systems of systems.

  • Defense Standardization Program Office Releases Revised DMSMS Guidance (Posted January 2016)

    The DoD Defense Standardization Program Office (DSPO) released SD-22 – Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS): A Guidebook of Best Practices for Implementing a Robust DMSMS Management Program. DMSMS challenges are inevitable. The guide includes best practices for acquisition programs to follow to anticipate and plan for DMSMS challenges and thereby minimize their impact.

    Examples of approaches discussed in the guidebook include the following:

    • Fully fund DMSMS management activities, proactive technical initiatives, and resolutions.
    • Ensure that the team is appropriately trained on, aware of, and involved in DMSMS issue prevention.
    • Get the contract language right. Contractor participation and government oversight are both critical to proactive DMSMS management.
    • It’s never too early to begin. Start early in design. Proactively monitor critical, highly vulnerable items, software, assemblies, and materials to identify potential problems before negative impacts occur.
    • Link DMSMS health assessments with the program’s product planning documentation to identify and mitigate issues before they materialize.
    • Ensure that resolutions minimize costs over the life cycle – but without sacrificing readiness or quality; solutions that are inexpensive early in the life cycle may have unaffordable future costs.
    • Obtain feedback from the DMSMS community on technologies used in design and redesign to avoid the inclusion of obsolete items.

    The guidebook is also available from the Defense Logistics Agency ASSIST database.

2015
  • DoD Releases Guidance for Requiring Activities to Implement DFARS Clause on Unclassified CTI (Posted March 2015)

    The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering has released "Guidance to Requiring Activities for Implementing Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement Clause 252.204-7012 (Safeguarding Unclassified Controlled Technical Information)."

    This guidance will assist Requiring Activities to carry out their responsibilities should a defense contractor report a compromise on a contract that contains unclassified CTI. The guidance contains the main Requiring Activity responsibilities with regard to the DFARS clause, instructions for media submission, and answers to frequently asked questions.

    The Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy (DPAP) office within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics published the DFARS clause in November 2013. When included in a DoD contract, the clause requires a company to report to the Department the possible exfiltration, manipulation, or other loss or compromise of unclassified CTI; or other activities that allow unauthorized access to the contractor’s unclassified information system on which unclassified CTI is resident or transiting.

    In addition, in December 2014 DPAP published a revision to DFARS Subpart 204.73 to add references to the Procedures, Guidance, and Information to assist contracting officers in implementing the clause.

  • DASD(SE) Releases 2015 System of Systems Webinar Schedule (Posted April 2015)

    The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering (DASD(SE)) announces lineup for the 2015 System of Systems Engineering Collaborators Information Exchange (SoSECIE) webinars, co-sponsored with the National Defense Industrial Association Systems Engineering Division. These webinars bring together those in the DoD community (military, government, industry, and academia) interested in advancing systems engineering for systems of systems.

  • Four New Engineering-Related Standards Now Available for DoD Use (Posted June 2015)

    Four new non-government standards focusing on systems engineering, technical reviews and audits, manufacturing, and configuration management are now available for application on Department of Defense (DoD) contracts:

    • IEEE 15288.1-2014, "IEEE Standard for Application of Systems Engineering on Defense Programs," was issued May 15, 2015 and adopted for use by the DoD on June 5, 2015. This standard implements IEEE/ISO/IEC 15288-2015, "ISO/IEC/IEEE International Standard - Systems and software engineering -- System life cycle processes," for use by DoD organizations and other defense agencies in acquiring systems or systems engineering support. It establishes requirements for systems engineering outcomes, activities, and outputs for DoD projects across the entire system life cycle, including the planning, acquisition, modification, and sustainment of defense systems. This standard is available for purchase from the IEEE Standards Store (http://www.techstreet.com/ieee). DoD employees with a CAC may access this document through ASSIST (https://assist.dla.mil/) without charge.
    • IEEE 15288.2-2014, "IEEE Standard for Technical Reviews and Audits on Defense Programs," was issued May 15, 2015 and adopted for use by the DoD on June 5, 2015. This standard establishes requirements for technical reviews and audits to be performed throughout the acquisition life cycle for DoD programs. It provides the definition, description, and intent, as well as the entry/exit/success criteria, for each technical review and audit. This standard is available for purchase from the IEEE Standards Store (http://www.techstreet.com/ieee). DoD employees with a CAC may access this document through ASSIST (https://assist.dla.mil/) without charge.
    • SAE AS6500, "Manufacturing Management Program," was issued November 11, 2014, and adopted for use by DoD on January 20, 2015. This standard replaces MIL-STD 1528A and governs the implementation of best practices for the management of manufacturing operations. It is applicable to all phases of the system acquisition life cycle and is intended for use on all programs with manufacturing content. This standard is available for purchase from SAE International (http://www.sae.org).
    • EIA 649_1, "Configuration Management Requirements for Defense Contracts," was issued November 20, 2014, and adopted for use by the DoD on March 4, 2015. It implements configuration management requirements for defense contracts based on the requirements in EIA-649-B, "Configuration Management Standard," also adopted for use by DoD on March 4. These documents are available for purchase from SAE International (http://www.sae.org).

    For more information on DoD adoption of standards, visit ASSIST (https://assist.dla.mil/), the official source for specifications and standards used by the Department of Defense. For additional information about DoD’s efforts to leverage voluntary consensus standards to meet the needs of the engineering community, contact DASD(SE) with questions and comments.

  • DoD Releases Updated Guidance for Critical Program Information (CPI) Identification and Protection (Posted June 2015)

    The Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, in conjunction with the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, released an update to Department of Defense Instruction 5200.39, Critical Program Information (CPI) Identification and Protection Within Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E). Highlights include:

    • U.S. warfighter technological advantage will be maintained and operational effectiveness of DoD capabilities will be preserved through the identification and protection of CPI.
    • CPI will be identified early and reassessed throughout the RDT&E program so that CPI protections requirements and countermeasures may be identified and applied as the CPI is developed and modified throughout the lifecycle as needed.
    • CPI will be horizontally identified and protected to ensure equivalent protections are consistently and efficiently applied across programs based on the exposure of the system, consequence of CPI compromise, and assessed threats. Protections will, at a minimum, include anti-tamper, exportability features, security (cybersecurity, industrial security, information security, operations security, personnel security, and physical security), or equivalent countermeasures.
    • CPI protection measures will be integrated and synchronized, then documented within the Program Protection Plan (PPP).
    • The original classification authority with program and supervisory responsibility for the CPI will conduct a review to make a determination of classification for vulnerabilities.
  • DASD(SE) Releases Department of Defense Risk, Issue, and Opportunity Management Guide for Defense Acquisition Programs, 2015 (Posted July 2015)

    Building from previous editions of the DoD Risk Management Guide, the revised edition emphasizes managing not only program risks but also issues and opportunities. The guide supports DoDI 5000.02 policy as well as the DoD Better Buying Power 3.0 initiative to “improve leaders’ ability to understand and mitigate technical risk.”

    The risk management framework remains the core and the model for all three processes. Programs must identify risk as early as possible to prevent problems before they occur and to avoid unnecessary costs late in the life cycle. In addition, the guide acknowledges the distinct and complementary influence of issues, or problems that have already occurred or will certainly occur, and opportunities, which could potentially provide benefits to the program if pursued.

    The guide draws on insights from DoD program reviews and extensive practitioner experience to offer advice for programs as they seek to identify, analyze, handle, and monitor risks, issues, and opportunities. The guide highlights “expectations” programs should have in mind as they develop their management approaches.

    The guide reflects considerable study and collaboration, including contributions from the Services, Defense Acquisition University, and industry, yet it remains a living document. Risk management is a vital DoD focus and remains a target for continuing process improvement. Readers are encouraged to review the guide and offer comments to support this continuing effort.

  • DoD Releases Update to Guidance for Implementing DFARS Clause 252.204-7012 (Safeguarding Unclassified Controlled Technical Information) (Posted August 2015)

    The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering has released “Guidance to Stakeholders for Implementing Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement Clause 252.204-7012 (Safeguarding Unclassified Controlled Technical Information), Version 2.0.”

    This guidance will assist stakeholders to carry out their responsibilities should a defense contractor report a compromise on a contract that contains unclassified CTI. The guidance describes responsibilities with regard to the DFARS clause, instructions for submitting requested media, and answers to frequently asked questions.

    The Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy (DPAP) office within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics published the DFARS clause in November 2013. When included in a DoD contract, the clause requires a company to report to the Department the possible exfiltration, manipulation, or other loss or compromise of unclassified CTI; or other activities that allow unauthorized access to the contractor’s unclassified information system on which unclassified CTI is resident or transiting.

    In addition, in December 2014 DPAP published a revision to DFARS Subpart 204.73 to add references to the Procedures, Guidance, and Information to assist contracting officers in implementing the clause.

  • CrossTalk Features DASD(SE) Article on Joint Federated Assurance Center (Posted September 2015)

    In Software and Hardware Assurance: DoD Establishes Federation of Software and Hardware Assurance, DASD(SE) team members Tom Hurt and Ray Shanahan discuss the DoD Joint Federated Assurance Center (JFAC).

    Keeping DoD hardware and software technology secure is more critical than ever. In response to a mandate from Congress, Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert O. Work chartered the JFAC as a federation of U.S. Military Department and agency software assurance (SwA) and hardware assurance (HwA) organizations and capabilities. According to this charter, the JFAC is charged with supporting program offices throughout the life cycle with SwA and HwA expertise, capabilities, policies, guidance, and best practices. The JFAC is responsible for coordinating with DoD organizations and activities that are developing, maintaining, and offering software and hardware vulnerability detection, analysis, and remediation support. Other roles and responsibilities of the JFAC include:

    • Conducting SwA and HwA analyses and assessments in support of defense acquisition, operations, and sustainment activities;
    • Advocating for the advancement of DoD interests in SwA and HwA research, development, and test and evaluation activities; and
    • Building relationships with other communities of interest and practice in SwA and HwA such as other government organizations, academic environments, and private industry.
  • DASD(SE) Promotes Early Systems Engineering in Defense ARJ Article (Posted September 2015)

    In the Defense Acquisition Research Journal article Establishing the Technical Foundation: Materiel Solution Analysis Is More than Selecting an Alternative, DASD(SE) team members Aileen G. Sedmak, Zachary S. Taylor, and Lt Col William A. Riski, USAF (Ret.) discuss evidence that adequately resourced systems engineering and technical planning before Milestone A can help a program define realistic requirements, establish executable programs, and deliver systems on time and on budget.

    Several government and independent studies indicate effective systems engineering and program planning in the early stages of acquisition are essential to controlling costs and improving program results. The article describes the challenge of conducting good systems engineering and technical planning during the Materiel Solution Analysis (MSA) phase after completion of the Analysis of Alternatives and before Milestone A.

    The article also presents the work of the DoD Development Planning Working Group to mitigate this challenge by describing the technical activities in the MSA phase necessary to develop the level of knowledge and system concept maturity necessary to proceed into the next phase of acquisition. These technical activities are represented in a notional MSA Phase Activity Model.

  • DoD Releases New Directive on Anti-Tamper (Posted September 2015)

    DoD released the Department of Defense Directive (DoDD) 5200.47E, Anti-Tamper (AT), September 4, 2015. The directive establishes policy and assigns responsibilities regarding AT protection of critical program information in U.S. defense systems, in accordance with DoD Instruction (DoDI) 5000.02, Operation of the Defense Acquisition System, and DoDI 5200.39, Critical Program Information (CPI) Identification and Protection Within Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E). In addition, the directive formally designates the USD(AT&L) as the Principal Staff Assistant responsible for oversight of the DoD AT program and policy, and designates the Secretary of the Air Force as the DoD Executive Agent for Anti-Tamper.

    AT is a system security engineering (SSE) specialty intended to prevent or delay the exploitation of CPI in defense systems. The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering (ODASD(SE)) is the lead for SSE for the Department. ODASD(SE) led the effort to develop this issuance.

  • DASD(SE) Releases White Paper on Interactions Among Defense Communities (Posted November 2015)

    The DoD Development Planning Working Group, led by the office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering, released the white paper Interactions Among the Warfighter, Science & Technology, and Acquisition Communities. The paper describes the current roles, responsibilities, and interactions among the three communities. The paper presents an Interaction Diagram illustrating the ongoing and time-based influences that are occurring among the communities throughout the acquisition life cycle, then elaborates on the details of these interactions by community and acquisition phase.

    Early and continuous interaction among the DoD warfighter, S&T, and acquisition communities is essential to delivering effective, affordable, and sustainable solutions to meet warfighter needs. Although the paper is not intended to be all-inclusive or to prescribe activities or behaviors of the communities, it describes the existing framework in order to document and facilitate better understanding of the current interactions. The paper applies to defense acquisition program models 1–3 (Hardware-Intensive Program, Defense Unique Software-Intensive Program, and Incrementally Deployed Software-Intensive Program) and models 5–6 (Hybrid Program A (Hardware Dominant) and Hybrid Program B (Software Dominant)) described in Department of Defense Instruction 5000.02, Operation of the Defense Acquisition System.

  • DoD Participates in 18th Annual NDIA Systems Engineering Conference (Posted November 2015)

    The Office of DASD(SE) contributed to the 18th Annual National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Systems Engineering Conference, Springfield, VA, October 26-29, 2015, attended by more than 375 systems engineers and program managers from industry, government, and academia.

    Mr. Stephen Welby, Acting Principal Deputy, ASD(R&E), was the invited keynote speaker, delivering the latest information on Defense Research and Engineering initiatives. Ms. Kristen Baldwin, Principal Deputy, DASD(SE), chaired the Chief Systems Engineers panel during the opening plenary with representatives from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Department of Homeland Security, FAA, and NOAA. Ms. Baldwin also presented the 2015 NDIA Ferguson Individual and Group Awards for Systems Engineering Excellence. Mr. Stephen Henry, former Director of Engineering for the Northrop Grumman Information Systems Command and Control Division, received the individual award, and Raytheon’s Air and Missile Defense Radar Systems Engineering Team received the group award. Col Luke Cropsey, ODASD(SE) Deputy for Systems Engineering Plans and Policy, chaired the Program Managers panel.

    ODASD(SE) government team members delivered briefs on a range of systems engineering topics, including DoD engineering excellence, systems engineering policy and guidance, systems engineering and innovation, technical risk, DoD engineering workforce development, modular systems, mission-based analysis, the digital system model, reliability and maintainability, and system security engineering initiatives including the Joint Federated Assurance Center. A panel from the Systems Engineering Research Center discussed the transition of systems engineering research into practice. For more information, see the ODASD(SE) NDIA conference briefs.

2014
  • DoD Recognizes 2013 Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS) Achievements (Posted January 2014)

    The Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering (DASD(SE)) presented the 2013 Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS) Award to three individuals and five teams at the 2013 DMSMS Conference. The award recognizes individuals and teams from the government who are most responsible for significant achievements in proactive DMSMS management and implementation. The The awards are based on achievements in the following areas:

    • Exceptional DMSMS management
    • Significantly improved and quantifiable readiness levels
    • Substantial cost avoidance
    • Exceptional warfighter support related to or realized through mitigation of a DMSMS issue
    • Creation or implementation of a DMSMS best practice that increases supportability and availability of systems to the warfighter

    Many military systems and equipment are part of the DoD inventory for extended periods of time, years and even decades. However as new technology becomes available, manufacturers may no longer support the equipment or component making it more difficult to repair. Mechanical parts may be harder to purchase because as the demand for these parts decreases, there is less economic incentive to continue to manufacture them. In other instances, the materials required to manufacture a piece of equipment may not be available. DMSMS experts focus on identifying and mitigating the loss or impending loss of manufacturers of items or suppliers of items or raw materials that could put the future operation of a DoD system or subsystem at risk.

    The evaluation committee was comprised of the DMSMS Military Service leads and the co-chairs of the DoD DMSMS Working Group. This year, the following individuals and groups are recognized for demonstrating achievement in addressing DMSMS.

    Individuals

    Mr. Rex Coombs guided the Fleet Support Team, Air Combat Electronics Program Office (PMA-209), Naval Air Systems Command, in the establishment of an extensive, proactive DMSMS program to manage his organization’s broad product base with a modest staff and limited funding. He also developed a highly successful hardware reuse program that eliminates expensive product redesigns due to obsolescence, improves Navy fleet readiness, and reduces repair costs.
    Ms. Robin Brown, a logistics management analyst in the DMSMS Branch, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, assisted Naval Air Systems Command program offices to establish DMSMS management programs. She also was instrumental in creating the Command's DMSMS Working Group to foster collaboration, share lessons learned, and establish best practices. Her contributions have helped increase supportability and availability of systems to the warfighter.
    Mr. Thomas Beckstedt, the principal assistant to the manager of the Generalized Emulation of Microcircuits Program and the lead equipment specialist, applies his expertise in microcircuit fabrication and associated logistics to solve complex microcircuit issues, in collaboration with industry and government engineers and logisticians. When microcircuit emulation is required, he follows the project from its start until the microcircuit is delivered to the requiring activity.
    Teams
    The Obsolescence Management Team for the Armed Scout Helicopter Project Management Office, U.S. Army Redstone Arsenal, established a proactive obsolescence program covering both the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter and its replacement, the OH-58F. The team overcame the challenges of supporting two configurations of an aircraft in different phases of the life cycle to identify DMS/obsolescence risk early and develop cost-effective solutions before the program is negatively affected.
    The Program Executive Office Integrated Warfare Systems 2.0 (PEO IWS 2.0) and the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, collaborated to develop a consistent, cost-effective enterprise approach to DMSMS management for all PEO IWS 2.0 sensor systems. Through collaboration with project managers, in-service engineering agents, and DMSMS experts, the team implemented best practices, standardized processes and methods, and established clear roles and responsibilities for DMSMS working groups.
    The DMSMS Management Team, Product Manager, Radar Systems, Marine Corps Systems Command, addressed numerous DMSMS and life-cycle issues with obsolete major components of radar systems used to acquire and sustain command, control, and communications and to counter mortar, artillery, and rocket fire. The team resolved immediate and emerging DMSMS issues, increased reliability and readiness, and ensured the continued availability of these critical assets.
    The Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) DMSMS Program Team—within the Air Dominance Division, Armament Directorate, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Air Force Materiel Command—adopted a number of aggressive, proactive strategies to mitigate DMSMS issues and avoid serious risks to production of the AMRAAM. The team’s proactive approach has resulted in significant cost avoidance and a healthy and sustainable production capability.
    The Air Force DMSMS Program Office, 448 Supply Chain Management Wing, Air Force Sustainment Center, established a single enterprise-wide DMSMS program that has demonstrated an exceptional standard of obsolescence prevention and resolution while improving the program’s cost-effectiveness and efficiency. The team established a single DMSMS predictive tool database and a consolidated Air Force-wide analysis and resolution contract, saving $3.3 million and standardizing DMSMS processes across the enterprise.
  • DASD(SE) Briefs Microelectronics (MicroE) Strategy (Posted January 2014)

    Raymond Shanahan briefed DoD's "Microelectronics (MicroE) Strategy," and participated in a panel at the January 15 NDIA Trusted Microelectronics meeting. Mr. Shanahan described the Department’s strategy for identifying critical microelectronic functions and components that warrant supply chain risk management. This strategy improves trust considerations for system security to include Application-Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs) and other types of integrated circuits such as Field Programmable Gate Arrays, Microprocessors, and Memories. The Government and industry panel session included a discussion regarding obstacles and solutions for addressing supply chain risks for microelectronics.

  • DASD(SE) Releases 2014 System of Systems Webinar Schedule (Posted April 2014)

    The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering (DASD(SE)) released the schedule for the 2014 System of Systems Engineering Collaborators Information Exchange (SoSECIE) webinars, co-sponsored with the National Defense Industrial Association Systems Engineering Division. These webinars bring together those in the DoD community (military, government, industry, and academia) interested in advancing systems engineering for systems of systems.

  • DASD(SE) Welcomes New Director of Mission Assurance (Posted September 2014)

    Mr. Robert A. Gold, SES, brings a wealth of experience in defense systems engineering, cybersecurity, and acquisition. As Director of Mission Assurance, he now leads the development of DoD policy on systems engineering, development planning, specialty engineering, and defense standardization, bringing renewed emphasis to focus areas including reliability and value engineering. Mr. Gold oversees the workforce development areas of Engineering (ENG) and Production, Quality, and Manufacturing (PQM), championing efforts to continue and enhance professionalism in the defense acquisition workforce. Mr. Gold has more than 30 years of experience with the Department, including serving as the Director for Information Systems and Cyber Security within OASD(R&E). He has provided acquisition and technical expertise for major defense programs, including the Air Force F 22, F-35, Missile Defense Agency Initial Defensive Operations, and the Navy STANDARD Missile. The DoD press release and Mr. Gold’s biography provide additional information.

  • DoD Releases Third Installment of Better Buying Power (Posted October 2014)

    Better Buying Power (BBP) is a Department of Defense (DoD) initiative to improve affordability and productivity in the acquisition of products and services for our Warfighters. An interim draft of the third installment of the Better Buying Power effort, BBP 3.0, was released to the broader defense community for review and comment on September 19, 2014.

    Dr. Ashton Carter, then Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, introduced the original BBP 1.0 in 2010, kicking off a series of initiatives that challenged the Department’s acquisition workforce and the larger defense industrial community to focus on controlling costs and improving efficiency. The current USD(AT&L), Mr. Frank Kendall, extended this focus with the release of BBP 2.0 in 2012. BBP 2.0 included updates to BBP 1.0 initiatives and introduced a new emphasis on the acquisition workforce - highlighting the importance of professionalism and critical thinking. The evolution from BBP 1.0 to BBP 2.0 reflected the Department’s intention that BBP would be continuously improved as initiatives were put into practice and we learned from this experience.

    With the release of BBP 3.0, Under Secretary Kendall is proposing a series of new initiatives that reinvigorate our efforts to promote innovation and technical excellence. BBP 3.0 reflects the recognition that, in the 21st century security environment, the Department’s approach to fielding capabilities must become more agile, resilient and technically responsive to a rapidly changing global environment, while acknowledging the fiscal pressure on our acquisition programs.

    The draft BBP 3.0 includes eight focus areas: (1) achieving affordable programs; (2) achieving dominant capabilities while controlling lifecycle costs; (3) incentivizing productivity in industry and government; (4) incentivizing innovation in industry and government; (5) eliminating unproductive processes and bureaucracy; (6) promoting effective competition; (7) improving tradecraft in acquisition of services; and (8) improving the professionalism of the total acquisition workforce. Taken collectively, these initiatives seek to strengthen a culture of cost consciousness, professionalism, and technical excellence, with an underlying focus on the engineering and technical products critical to U.S. military dominance.

    To achieve these ends, BBP 3.0 proposes new initiatives to address emerging threats and institutionalize long-range R&D planning. BBP 3.0 also seeks to strengthen DoD’s organic engineering capabilities, improve our use of contracted engineering technical services, better leverage small business innovative research, increase our engagement with innovative commercial suppliers and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of DoD’s laboratories. Initiatives emphasizing planning for technology insertion and emphasizing the use of modular open systems architecture are described, as well as the importance of engaging industry early in concept development. There is also recognition of the importance of actively managing technical risk in development and the need to ensure that leaders of R&D efforts have the skills required to manage complex technology efforts. Finally, BBP 3.0 makes an important connection between DoD technological superiority and our support for National Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education.

    At the release event for BBP 3.0, Mr. Kendall encouraged the defense community to provide feedback. You can read more about BBP 3.0 at http://bbp.dau.mil and join the discussion on BBP 3.0 by submitting comments to OSD.ATL.BBP@mail.mil.

  • DoD Participates in the 17th Annual NDIA Systems Engineering Conference (Posted November 2014)

    The Office of DASD(SE) was a major contributor at the 17th Annual National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Systems Engineering Conference, Springfield, VA, attended by more than 300 systems engineers and program managers from industry, Government, and academia. Dr. William LaPlante delivered the keynote address on Air Force initiatives to improve acquisition and support for the Warfighter. DASD(SE) chaired the Chief Systems Engineers Panel during the opening plenary with representatives from the Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, Department of Homeland Security, FAA, and NOAA. DASD(SE) also provided an overview of Better Buying Power 3.0. Director, Major Program Support chaired the Program Managers Panel with Army, Navy, Air Force, and NSA PMs, discussing systems engineering in the management of technical risk and challenges. PD,DASD(SE) presented the 2014 NDIA Ferguson Award for Systems Engineering Excellence to Mr. David Castellano, U.S. Army ARDEC. The DASD(SE) team delivered briefs describing the team’s latest efforts, including systems engineering policy and guidance, DoD engineering workforce development, modular open system architecture, DoD microelectronics strategy, the Joint Federated Assurance Center, digital system model, development planning, reliability and maintainability, program protection, software assurance, and system of systems. The Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC) PM led a panel of industry and Government experts on transitioning systems engineering research into practice. For more information, see the ODASD(SE) NDIA conference briefs.

  • DoD Releases Request for Innovative Technologies in Support of the LRRDP (Posted December 2014)

    The Department of Defense announced a Request for Information in support of the Long-Range Research and Development Program Plan (LRRDPP) focused on identifying, developing, and fielding key breakthrough technologies and systems that sustain and advance U.S. military capabilities in key areas such as: autonomy, robotics, miniaturization, big data, advanced manufacturing, disaggregated networked systems, etc.). LRRDPP is a new effort to gather information from a broad group of people in order to study and prioritize new or unconventional applications of technology in ways that would provide significant, advantage to future national security capabilities. The DoD anticipates using input to help in the internal analysis and prioritization of future DoD research and development investments. It is the Department’s goal to reach out to the best and brightest minds from industry, academia, labs (government and corporate), FFRDCs/engineering centers/product centers, think tanks, small business and the general public - to help us think through the technologically-enabled systems and architectures that we will want to have available post-2025.

  • DoD Recognizes 2014 Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS) Achievements (Posted December 2014)

    The Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering (DASD(SE)) presented the 2014 Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS) Award to two individuals and five teams and two lifetime achievement awards at the 2014 DMSMS Conference. The award recognizes individuals and teams from the government who are most responsible for significant achievements in proactive DMSMS management and implementation. The DMSMS awards are based on achievements in the following areas:

    • Exceptional DMSMS management
    • Significantly improved and quantifiable readiness levels
    • Substantial cost avoidance
    • Exceptional warfighter support related to or realized through mitigation of a DMSMS issue
    • Creation or implementation of a DMSMS best practice that increases supportability and availability of systems to the warfighter

    Many military systems and equipment are part of the DoD inventory for extended periods of time, years and even decades. However as new technology becomes available, manufacturers may no longer support the equipment or component making it more difficult to repair. Mechanical parts may be harder to purchase because as the demand for these parts decreases, there is less economic incentive to continue to manufacture them. In other instances, the materials required to manufacture a piece of equipment may not be available. DMSMS experts focus on identifying and mitigating the loss or impending loss of manufacturers of items or suppliers of items or raw materials that could put the future operation of a DoD system or subsystem at risk.

    The evaluation committee was comprised of the DMSMS Military Service leads and the co-chairs of the DoD DMSMS Working Group. This year, the following individuals and groups are recognized for demonstrating achievement in addressing DMSMS.

    Lifetime Achievement

    Mr. Charles McQuillan, Project Manager, Virginia-Class Submarine Technology Refresh Integrated Product Team (IPT), Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC), Keyport Division
    Ms. Christine Metz, Chief, Technical and Quality Division, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Headquarters

    Individuals

    Mr. John H. Gibson, Deputy Assistant Program Manager for Logistics (DAPML) for DMSMS, E-6B Airborne Strategic Command, Control and Communications, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division
    Mr. Charles Besore, Lead Electronics Engineer, DMSMS and Generalized Emulation of Microcircuits (GEM) Program Office, DLA Land and Maritime
    Teams
    Joint Air to Ground Missiles (JAMS) Program Office, Hellfire Missile and M299/MM299 Launchers Obsolescence Management Program, Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center (AMRDEC)
    Team Submarine, Obsolescence Information Management and Technical Support Branch, NUWC, Keyport Division
    Aircraft Carrier Proactive Obsolescence Improvement Team, Program Executive Office (PEO) Aircraft Carriers, Naval Sea Systems Command
    Obsolescence Management Team (OMT), NAVAIR 6.7.2.5 DMSMS Branch, Naval Air Systems Command
    Joint Air to Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) Program Office, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Air Force Materiel Command
2013
  • DASD(SE) Announces 2013 System of Systems Webinars (Posted April 2013)

    The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering announced plans (DASD(SE)) for the 2013 System of Systems Engineering Collaborators Information Exchange (SoSECIE) webinars, co-sponsored with the National Defense Industrial Association Systems Engineering Division. These webinars are intended to bring together the DoD community (military, government, industry, academia) interested in advancing systems engineering for systems of systems.

  • DoD Releases Revised Systems Engineering Guidance for the DoD Acquisition Community (Posted May 2013)

    On May 8, 2013, the Department of Defense released a major update to the Defense Acquisition Guidebook (DAG) Chapter 4, Systems Engineering. The DAG Chapter 4 is the primary reference on the use of systems engineering throughout the system life cycle. With this release, the chapter has been restructured to provide Program Managers and Systems Engineers with life cycle phase and systems engineering technical review expectations, including a knowledge-based, technical-maturity table for key events. The chapter provides details on systems engineering technical and technical management processes and includes links to relevant policy, standards, and detailed guidance on key topics. The Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering developed the DAG Chapter 4 with contributors from 24 different organizations across the Department. The update reflects recent policy changes and Better Buying Power initiatives and emphasizes the role of systems engineering in providing balanced solutions (managing the system’s cost, schedule, performance, and risk) to deliver Warfighter capability needs. This brief provides an overview of the changes. The DAG Chapter 4 is available on the Defense Acquisition University Web site at https://acc.dau.mil/dag4

  • DoD Issues Counterfeit Prevention Policy (Posted May 2013)

    The Department of Defense released DoD Instruction 4140.67 DoD Counterfeit Prevention Policy on April 26, 2013. The instruction:

    1. "Establishes policy and assigns responsibilities necessary to prevent the introduction of counterfeit materiel at any level of the DoD supply chain, including special requirements prescribed by section 818 of Public Law 112-81 related to electronic parts;
    2. Provides direction for anti-counterfeit measures for DoD weapon and information systems acquisition and sustainment to prevent the introduction of counterfeit materiel; and
    3. Assigns responsibilities for prevention, detection, remediation, investigation, and restitution to defend the DoD against counterfeit materiel that poses a threat to personnel safety and mission assurance."
  • DASD(SE) Team Contributes System Security Article to July 2013 INCOSE INSIGHT Magazine (Posted July 2013)

    Paul R. Popick and Melinda Reed contributed the article "Requirements Challenges in Addressing Malicious Supply Chain Threats." In today’s environment of cyber attacks and exploitation of system vulnerabilities, the systems engineer needs to be more aware of security during the system specification and design stage. The article discusses the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) state of practice for incorporating trusted system and network security requirements into the specifications for large, complex systems. The article describes the current environment, the trends that are influencing the need for system security engineering, and the types of system security requirements and analysis techniques DoD is using. INCOSE INSIGHT, July 2013 (16); 2: 23-27. Reprinted with permission of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE).

  • DoD Announces Winners of 2012 Value Engineering Achievement Award (Posted July 2013)

    The Department of Defense announced the winners of the Fiscal Year 2012 Department of Defense Value Engineering Achievement Award. Review the DoD press release and a complete listing of the recipients from across the Department.

  • DoD Briefs Latest Initiatives at 16th Annual NDIA Systems Engineering Conference (Posted November 2013)

    The Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering team provided wide-ranging updates to government, military and industry and academia in attendance at the 16th Annual National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Systems Engineering Conference. DASD(SE) chaired the Chief Systems Engineers Panel during the opening plenary with representatives from the Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, Department of Homeland Security, NASA, and NOAA. The SE government team delivered briefs on topics including systems engineering policy and guidance, development planning, risk, reliability, models and simulations, and program protection, and SE workforce. The 2013 NDIA Ferguson Award for Systems Engineering Excellence was presented to Dr. James Keeney, Air Force Research Laboratory.

2012
  • DoD Releases DT&E/SE FY 2011 Annual Report to Congress (Posted April 2012)

    The Department of Defense released the Developmental Test and Evaluation/Systems Engineering (DT&E/SE) FY 2011 Annual Report to Congress in response to the Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act of 2009. DASD(SE) prepared the report jointly with the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Developmental Test and Evaluation. In addition to DT&E-specific content, the report provides a summary of DASD(SE) activities in development planning, systems engineering policy and guidance, metrics, workforce development, and other focus areas. The report incorporates systems engineering reports by the Military Departments as well as DASD(SE)’s assessment of the Military Departments’ efforts in systems engineering planning and workforce development. The report includes DASD(SE) summaries of significant systems engineering activities in 42 DoD Major Defense Acquisition Programs, Major Automated Information Systems, and special interest programs.

  • Principal Deputy, DASD(SE), Addresses Program Protection at IEEE Conference in Vancouver (Posted April 2012)

    The Principal Deputy, DASD(SE) presented the paper “The United States Department of Defense Revitalization of System Security Engineering Through Program Protection” at the March 2012 IEEE conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. The conference theme was engineering of complex systems, including systems-of-systems, systems engineering, systems integration, and systems thinking. The paper discusses system security engineering (SSE), specifically the Department’s policies and techniques to integrate security into systems engineering through the program protection process. Although SSE is normally viewed as a specialty engineering area, the paper emphasizes the need to more tightly integrate SSE with overall systems engineering.

  • DASD(SE) Requests Nominations for Systems Engineering Awards (Posted May 2012)

    DASD(SE) requests nominations for the 2012 DoD Systems Engineering Top 5 Program Awards and Lt. Gen Thomas R. Ferguson, Jr., Systems Engineering Excellence Award.

    The DoD SE Top 5 Awards recognize excellence in the application of systems engineering practices resulting in highly successful DoD programs, as exemplified by their 2011 performance. The award is presented to both the Government agency or branch of Service and the prime contractor of the selected programs. The Ferguson Award consists of two awards: The SE International Award for Leadership, presented to an individual, and the SE Group Award. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in the practical application of systems engineering principles, promotion of robust systems engineering principles throughout the organization, or effective systems engineering process development.

    Both awards will be presented at the annual NDIA Systems Engineering Conference in San Diego, CA, October 22–25, 2012. For more information, including nomination forms and submission deadlines please see:
    DoD Systems Engineering Top 5 Program Awards
    Lt Gen Thomas R. Ferguson, Jr., Systems Engineering Excellence Award

  • Value Engineering Achievement Award Winners Announced (Posted June 2012)

    The Department of Defense announced the winners of the Fiscal Year 2011 Department of Defense Value Engineering Achievement Awards.

  • DASD(SE) Announces Winners of the 2012 DoD Systems Engineering Top 5 Program Awards (Posted September 2012)

    Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering announced selections for the 2012 DoD Systems Engineering Top 5 Program Awards. The awards are presented to both the Government project office and the industry prime contractor in recognition of systems engineering performance in a team effort. The teams will receive their awards at the 15th Annual NDIA Systems Engineering Conference in San Diego, October 22-25, 2012.

    The program awardees are:

    Army: AN/TPQ-53 Counterfire Target Acquisition Radar
    Government: Project Manager, Night Vision/Reconnaissance, Surveillance, and Target Acquisition (PM NV/RSTA)
    Industry: Lockheed Martin Corporation

    Army: Apache Block III System Design and Development
    Government: Apache Program Management Office – Systems Engineering
    Industry: The Boeing Company

    Navy: Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS) Increment 1A (Inc-1) Ship System
    Government: Program Executive Office, Tactical Aircraft Programs (PEO(T))
    Industry: Raytheon Network Centric Services (NCS)

    Navy: Trident Guidance MK6 MOD1 Program
    Government: Strategic Systems Program
    Industry: Draper Laboratory

    Air Force: Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) Program
    Government: Military Satellite Communications Systems Directorate, Space & Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command
    Industry: Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company

  • Engineered Resilient Systems Track Planned for Annual SE Conference (Posted September 2012)

    The Department of Defense is highlighting its Engineered Resilient Systems (ERS) efforts at the 15th Annual Systems Engineering Conference. ERS focuses on agile and cost-effective design, development, testing, manufacturing, and fielding of trusted, assured, easily- modified systems. Its goal is to achieve a vitally-needed transformation in the contribution of Defense systems engineering throughout the systems lifecycle. ERS was identified by the Secretary of Defense as a strategic investment priority on 19 April 2011, drawing upon recommendations resulting from the Quadrennial Defense Review mission architecture studies directed in the FY12-16 Defense Planning Programming Guidance. Review the ERS track flyer and the conference website for additional information.

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