Improving Program Success Through Systems Engineering Tools in Pre-Milestone B Acquisition Phase
OFFICE OF NAVAL RESEARCH ARLINGTON VA
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Today, programs are required to do more with less. With 70 percent of a systems life-cycle cost set at pre-Milestone B, the most significant cost savings potential is prior to Milestone B. Pre-Milestone B efforts are usually reduced to meet tight program schedules. This article proposes a new Systems Engineering Concept Tool and Method SECTM that uses genetic algorithms to quickly identify optimal solutions. Both are applied to unmanned undersea vehicle design to show process feasibility. The method increases the number of alternatives assessed, considers technology maturity risk, and incorporates systems engineering cost into the Analysis of Alternatives process. While not validated, the SECTM would enhance the likelihood of success for sufficiently resourced programs.
- Administration and Management
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Submarine Engineering