Accession Number : ADA582822


Title :   Applying Early Systems Engineering: Injecting Knowledge into the Capability Development Process


Descriptive Note : Journal article


Corporate Author : BOOZ-ALLEN AND HAMILTON INC FALLS CHURCH VA


Personal Author(s) : Pflanz, Mark ; Yunker, Chris ; Wehrli, Friedrich N ; Edwards, Douglas


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a582822.pdf


Report Date : Oct 2012


Pagination or Media Count : 23


Abstract : A common problem in defense acquisition is the difficulty of ensuring that the required capabilities stated in capability development documents are technically feasible, affordable, and available through mature technologies. This problem is driven by a lack of knowledge on both the capability developer and program manager teams. Addressing this knowledge gap requires a new approach to capability development, where knowledge gained early in the process is injected into the capability development process in a rigorous way. This article describes this new technical approach along with lessons learned on two large acquisition programs. Key tenets include the use of pre-planned knowledge points as a vehicle for expanded collaboration between program managers and capability developers, and early use of systems engineering fundamentals.


Descriptors :   *COLLABORATIVE TECHNIQUES , *COMBAT VEHICLES , *DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE , *MILITARY PROCUREMENT , *SYSTEMS ENGINEERING , CASE STUDIES , COMPETITION , LESSONS LEARNED , MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL , MILITARY REQUIREMENTS , PROTOTYPES , REPRINTS , TEAMS(PERSONNEL)


Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Mfg & Industrial Eng & Control of Product Sys
      Combat Vehicles


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE