A Comparison of Product Realization Frameworks
INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA
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In 1991 DoD established seven key science and technology thrust areas to assist in planning for investment in defense technology. The goals of Thrust 7 are to develop new industrial capabilities that will lower product unit costs and life-cycle costs, shorten the lead time in design and manufacture of products, and increase product quality. This document reviews a set of software products, applications and standards which are potential components of a DoD thrust 7 product realization infrastructure to support design and manufacturing activities for the Advanced Technology Demonstrations ATDs. This study is a quick sampling of software products and frameworks and is not intended to be either complete or comprehensive. The reviewed frameworks were each designed to meet the needs of a specific engineering discipline. No final recommendations or judgments about particular frameworks were made since a rigorous and detailed analysis of requirements has not been performed. None of the reviewed frameworks met all of the perceived needs for a Thrust 7 and ATD framework, such as the need to design and analyze ATD products both within and across engineering disciplines. The best option for obtaining a product realization framework to accommodate the Thrust 7 needs appears to be the federation of multiple existing framework technologies to achieve the needed capabilities. Future work should include the extension of this study to cover all relevant frameworks and associated technology. The Thrust 7 ATD requirements should be analyzed in order to properly recommend a framework that meets those requirements.
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