Demonstrating Through-Life and NEC Requirements for Defence Systems
LOUGHBOROUGH UNIV (UNITED KINGDOM)
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There are two major transformations currently occurring that significantly impact acquisition and management of military systems. Network Enabled Capability NEC demands careful consideration of interoperability for delivered systems new systems must be introduced such that they are interoperable with current systems and legacy systems must be managed upgraded, modified etc. such that interoperability is maintained and, preferably, enhanced. Eventually, NEC considerations should become business as usual, but for the time being special consideration is needed. The second transformation is the introduction of the concept of Through Life Capability Management TLCM. Although new systems have always been planned with consideration of their maintenance etc., TLCM has a wider scope. It requires consideration not only of the individual systems life cycles, but of the management of the super system in which new systems will operate. The whole life costs, risks, and development must be considered by systems designers and owners. These transformations are linked interoperability is a key requirement of TLCM. Through a concept mapping of TLCM, Yue Henshaw 1 have shown that TLCM implies a need for new approaches new thinking in defence systems design and acquisition. Also TLCM requires the defence supply chain industry to have a changed engagement in the delivery and management of systems. This, in turn, requires changes to the industry-customer relationship, such that new approaches to collaboration are a vital ingredient necessary for adherence to TLCM principles.
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