By National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Air Force Studies Board, Committee on Pre-Milestone A Systems Engineering: A Retrospective Review and Benefits for Future Air Force Systems Acquisition

The power of U.S. army forces to box new guns structures fast and to include their fee development has declined considerably over the last few a long time. there are various explanations together with elevated complexity, investment instability, paperwork, and extra different person calls for, yet a view that's gaining extra popularity is that larger platforms engineering (SE) may aid shorten improvement time. to enquire this statement in additional aspect, the USA Air strength requested the NRC to check the function that SE can play throughout the acquisition existence cycle to deal with root explanations of application failure, specifically in the course of pre-milestone A and early application levels. This booklet provides an evaluate of the connection among SE and application end result; an exam of the SE group; and an research of SE features and guidance. The latter features a definition of the minimal set of SE techniques that must be accounted for in the course of venture improvement.

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Each of these systems engineering issues was a significant contributor to the SBIRS Program’s failure to execute. However, since the issues of technology readiness, acquisition process, and requirements stability have been dealt with thoroughly in prior reviews of the SBIRS Program, the committee focuses here on the software issues, which have been overlooked elsewhere. The SBIRS Program represented a several-fold increase in the scope and scale of flight software relative to earlier Air Force programs and a manyfold increase over legacy systems in the SBIRS mission area.

35 36 PRE-MILESTONE A AND EARLY-PHASE SYSTEMS ENGINEERING that less rigor would or should be employed in the early capabilities/requirements determinations nor in the translation of capabilities/requirements to systems architecture and thence to systems specifications. Significant amounts of time, effort, and dollars were spent in platform and sensor technologies, in parallel with trying to define the integrating network. The LSI seemed to recognize this difficulty early on and set about developing an integrating computer hardware/software system entitled System of Systems Common Operating Environment (SOSCOE).

However, those that had successful pre-­Milestone A and Milestone A-to-Milestone B phases were the only programs that succeeded. The committee observed that there were no successful programs that entered into Milestone B without the sound fundamentals provided by the rigor and discipline of the systems engineering and financial/programmatic planning afforded by the pre-Milestone A and Milestone A-to-Milestone B processes. In this context, programs that succeeded were those that delivered their products within a reasonable margin of the original cost and schedule baseline.

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