Using the C4ISR Architectural Framework as a Tool for Assigning Management and Technical Responsibilities
ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT AND INTEGRATION INC HERNDON VA
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Architectural views, as defined by the Department of Defenses DoD Command, Control, Communications, Computer, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance C4ISR framework, are used as a prism to develop a management structure for implementing programs distributed across multiple organizations. This structure is also useful in managing smaller efforts within an evolutionary acquisition program. The paper recommends a matrix that defines management tasking across multiple management layers, and in terms of the three C4ISR architectural views. The matrix provides a template for assigning technical and programmatic responsibilities across organization levels and suggests where stakeholders should place their primary focus. Individual projects also are shown to each have zones of optimal technical enhancement that form a continuous improvement band in which systems may evolve and technology may be inserted to enhance system wide performance. The author applies this template to the Joint Tactical Radio System JTRS Joint Program Office JPO and discusses appropriate management focus within the context of the JTRS JPOs primary role as an integrating program management office charged with directing an evolutionary acquisition program.
- Command, Control and Communications Systems