Cutting Through the Fog with Knowledge Superiority - Employing the System-of-Systems Through Operational Engineering, The Edge of the Future
PROGRAM EXECUTIVE OFFICER THEATER SURFACE COMBATANTS ARLINGTON VA
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Many discussions and articles address the business and military changes supporting implementation of Joint Vision 2010 and its system-of-systems approach. The dynamics of international military operations and commitments, coupled with accelerating information technologies, can lead to confusion and uncertainty. Customary rules recommend caution, even stopping, when confusion and uncertainty are present, yet the needed changes counsel toward accelerated efforts. Currently, system engineering does not completely address delivering operational war fighting capabilities , nor foster commanders confidence to fully exploit those capabilities upon delivery. Acquisition reform supports accelerating delivery of systems. Likewise, accelerated delivery of war fighting capabilities within any opponents fielding and deployment cycle is imperative. Technical advances in modeling and simulation, utilization concepts, and innovative evaluation methods create an opportunity to facilitate co-development of doctrine, operations, and training prior to producing hardware systems. On-line simulation and evaluation tools can overcome the need for physical systems. Specifically, this paper lays out the opportunity to evolve System Engineering to another level, Operational Engineering, which leverages from the modeling and simulation environment, prior to hardware production. That modeling and simulation paired with co-evolution of procedures and on-line analysis will produce a trained customer base, fully prepared for deliveries of operational war fighting capabilities .
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics