System Maturity Indices for Decision Support in the Defense Acquisition Process
Conference paper with briefing charts
STEVENS INST OF TECH HOBOKEN NJ SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND ENTERPRISES
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The Technology Readiness Level TRL scale is a measure of maturity of an individual technology, with a view towards operational use in a system context. A comprehensive set of concerns becomes relevant when this metric is abstracted from an individual technology to a system context, which may involve interplay among multiple technologies that are integrated through the defense acquisition process. This paper proposes the development of a system focused approach for managing system development and making effective and efficient decisions during the defense acquisition process. For this to be accomplished, a new System Readiness Level SRL index will incorporate both the current TRL scale and the concept of an integration readiness level IRL. This paper describes the foundations for the SRL and provides techniques for determining current and future readiness of a system to determine its position in the defense acquisition process. In addition, it proposes optimization models than can provide management with an optimal development plan that can meet the objectives of the development team, based on constrained resources. These, in turn, can become the foundation for the development of a monitoring and evaluation tool that will be analogous to Earned Value Management used in project management.
- Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies