Using Architecture Analysis for Mission Capability Acquisition
OFFICE OF THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE NAVY (RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT AND ACQUISITION) WASHINGTON DC
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Historically, the DoD Architecture Framework has been used for designing new systems. Recently though, architectural work that was developed for Fleet Battle Experiment India FBE I was used to define the framework for the Mission Capability Package MCP for Naval Time Critical Targeting TCT. The architecture products were used to describe, assess and choose investment strategies leading to a more capable and efficient integration of systems that would produce the desired mission capability. The resulting analysis provided insights for improving the networking of sensors C2 and weapons systems. Additionally, the architecture methods also provided insights on particular areas of the architecture where there might be system duplications and gaps in executing the activities required by the operators. This paper summarizes an architectural methodology that can be used to enable a capabilities based approach to the planning and acquisition of DOD families of systems FoS that must interoperate with each other in the conduct of military operations. While individual systems within the FoS can have substantial mission capabilities, it is the collective capability of the FoS operating synergistically that is the objective of the FoS systems engineering process. This requires that mission capabilities are traceable to systems interoperability in order for designers and planners to choose the correct FoS. Systems that operate synergistically to achieve collective mission capabilities must be aligned in program planning, acquisition, certification, and deployment. This paper focuses on FoS systems engineering aspects of planning and acquisition and shows how the architectural products developed for experimentation were used in both FBE I and the Naval TCT MCP.
- Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies