In-Service Support of Surface Navy Combat Systems: Safety, Effectiveness, and Affordability Reviews: The Systems Engineering Process at NSWC PHD
NAVAL SURFACE WARFARE CENTER PORT HUENEME CA
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Many DoD Field Activities have been designated as In-Service Engineering Agents ISEAs for individual warfighting systems. As ISEA, it is crucial to periodically assess system capabilities and limitations individually, as a class, and as a strike force, as well as the technical communitys ability to support the systems in question. Issues resulting from these assessments must be brought forward and addressed in an appropriate manner. From an acquisition perspective, limitations that require materiel solutions must be fed through the Navys budgeting process so that focused and coordinated engineering efforts can be undertaken. These issues must be provided across the acquisition and technical community, including the industrial base, so that they can influence change in the design of systems. An example of this ISEA assessment is the Naval Surface Warfare Center Port Hueneme Division NSWC PHD Safety, Effectiveness, and Affordability Review SEAR process. NSWC PHD conducts In-Service Engineering ISE which demands the rigorous and continual application of well-structured, systematic processes that, at their core, are integrated as a Systems Engineering approach. According to the Acquisition and Capabilities Guidebook, a Systems Engineering Plan SEP is a mandatory milestone document that is required at milestones A, B and C and also program initiation for ships SECNAV, 2008. One of the biggest challenges to the SEP is how to maintain the discipline for not only the Milestones but also over the systems Lifecycle, and to maintain the Safety, Effectiveness and Affordability of each system.
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