Defense Systems Working Group

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Working Group Purpose & Mission


The purpose of the International Council On Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Defense Systems Working Group (DSWG, originally the Aerospace and Defense (A&D) Working Group) is to create an international forum for defense acquirers and providers that provides a "neutral" body that works on issues that impact specifying, developing and acquiring defense systems and services and to promote the development of systems engineering best practices in a manner that recognizes the special issues faced by the Defense Systems Engineering (SE) practitioners and managers in the changing global market for defense related systems.

The Defense Systems WG is to become a conduit for networking, establishing a Web presence, and creating and exchanging explicit and tacit best practice SE knowledge for the defense systems community.

Application Domains

TechOps Domain






Karl Geist


The DSWG will accomplish its purpose through the shared understanding and advancement of systems engineering knowledge and products in areas that are of interest to the Defense community. The DSWG will act much like the other existing WGs by coordinating with INCOSE Technical Committees in the selection, evaluation and solution of the initiatives to be addressed by INCOSE.

The objectives include improving the people, processes, and resources used in addressing systems challenges. The DSWG is a volunteer group of INCOSE members that includes representatives from Federal and non-Federal international government agencies, small and large businesses in various government and commercial industries, and systems engineering university programs throughout the world. Pariticpation in the DSWG will enhance the skills and expertise of its members.


DSWG goals currently include:
  1. Solicit more input from CAB
  2. Solicit ideas, actions, products, & activities
  3. Socialize chosen actions & products
  4. Establish plans to collaborate with other WGs
  5. Identify Stakeholders
  6. Become a conduit for networking
  7. Increase Membership
  8. Establish a Web presence
  9. Initiate chosen actions and products
  10. Deliver ideas, actions, products, and activities for use throughout INCOSE



The challenge to increase interest in engineering and science is complex and involves many facets of human activity and expertise including the following:

  1. Ability to utilize SE tools for the creation and sustainment of defense systems products,
  2. Ability to synthesize component models into expected defense systems characteristics,
  3. Ability to understand and utilize Situation awareness, diagnosis and assessment, and
  4. Informatics (including telecommunications and computer technologies and engineering),
  5. Teleonomics (human motivation and performance engineering),
  6. Interfacing with Safety engineering,
  7. Interfacing with Reliability and maintainability engineering,
  8. Interfacing with Test engineering, and
  9. Addressing Security Concerns.

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Planned Activities

    • Build Membership and Leadership

    Planned Work Products

      Product Ideas

      1. Data & Advanced Analytics (Transforming data into actionable intelligence)
      2. Mission-driven Machine Learning
      3. Next Generation Information Infrastructure Cloud Computing (unique challenges for DoD systems)
      4. Agile software/systems development in defense systems (impact on reliability, availability, and maintainability)
      5. Impact of AT&L split on DoD systems engineering (On Feb 1st AT&L split into two new groups – the undersecretaries of defense for research and engineering (R&E) and acquisition and sustainment (A&S).)
      6. Systems engineering in DoD biometrics
      7. Systems engineering in DoD Cyber-security

      This is a list of the intended deliverables (products/services) that will be produced by those participating in the DSWG. Details applicable to these types of deliverables shall be defined in separate Technical Project Plans (TPP's). TPP's shall be developed, submitted and tracked as defined by the applicable Technical Operations procedure.

      Intended products and services may include but are not limited to:                             

      • Develop a repository of knowledge for defense systems
      • Develop a repository for defense systems standards from international sources
      • Establish a Community of Practice for defense systems engineers 


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