Architecting Space Programs
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES
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In complex military and intelligence operations, senior leaders must make difficult choices on employing existing capabilities, improving them, and developing new capabilities. Decisions are becoming more intricate because of costs, technology, operational utility, threat uncertainty, system complexity, and system- of-systems relationships, difficulties increase, policy makers continue to seek approaches that better support their decisions. One popular technique is architecting- considering end-to-end capabilities in the context of related capabilities to meet expected needs. It is essentially focused on the big picture to provide insight on the utility and relationships of the components. The Joint Requirements Oversight Council realizes the importance of identifying the way that capabilities fit into an operating concept as implemented under a joint integrated architecture. Moreover, the defense acquisition process is being revised to include architectures as means of characterizing relationships among various capabilities in order to guide systems development and associated investments.