Qualifying Risk: Mission Ready Certification of Shipboard Systems
NAVAL SURFACE WARFARE CENTER DAHLGREN DIV VA
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This report documents the results of a series of studies of the impact of Acquisition Reform on the process of engineering systems used aboard ships during operational deployments and, specifically, the impact on the engineering process if commercial items are used in place of the traditional uniquely Navy products. An input-output model is used to represent the core technical process of developing, producing, and supporting shipboard systems. A basis of this core technical process is certifying systems as mission ready, that is, available, reliable, and maintainable over their life cycles. The foundation of system certification is qualifying risk to the users who must depend on the systems to work as expected. Certification of commercially based military systems can be accomplished by a disciplined engineering and management infrastructure. Overcoming acquisition and legislative roadblocks is critical, and organizational changes are required within the naval shore establishment to create an infrastructure that can accept absolute responsibility and be accountable for ensuring that the material elements of deploying commands are mission ready.
- Operations Research
- Marine Engineering