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Atlanta April 2021 Meeting - "The Bradley Fighting Vehicle and Requirements Creep"

  • Date:
    Apr 22, 2021 - 05:15 PM - 06:30 PM
  • Location: Virtual, ZOOM
  • Venue:
  • Contact: Dave Takacs
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Come and join the Atlanta Chapter for a virtual meeting and presentation on April 22, 2021! We will have an exciting talk by James Pyle of Lockheed Martin. The meeting will be held over Zoom (login details below), and all are welcome!

See the meeting flyer for more details:
Atlanta April 2021 Meeting Information

James will share his experiences working on the Bradley Fighting Vehicle (BFV)
System. Real world operator and maintainer perspectives will be discussed that
focus on the systems strengths and weakness. The history of the BFV and the story
of its troubled development will be explored, with a particular focus on how unclear
requirements and scope creep negatively affected this system for several decades.
A great movie was made about the BFV development called “The Pentagon Wars”.
It’s a lighthearted comedy starring Kelsey Grammer, but the real comedy for
engineers will be found in the many bad programmatic and engineering decisions
made, resulting in a BFV system vastly different than what was first proposed. If
possible, please check out this film prior to the meeting as much can be learned per
to what not to do!

James Pyle - Lockheed Martin

Speaker Bio:
James Pyle is a Lockheed Martin Systems Engineer responsible for C-5M Diminishing
Manufacturing Sources Material Shortages (DMSMS) mitigation. Originally from
Albany, Ga, James began his professional career in 1998 as a soldier working on the
TOW2B Missile System in the United States Army. After leaving the service, he
worked in the telecommunications industry, then later obtained a B.S. Computer
Science Degree from Kennesaw State University.

5:15 - 5:30pm President’s Remarks
5:30 - 6:30pm Program

Virtual Login:
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Meeting ID: 935 9418 7666
Passcode: 286760