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Welcome to the Midwest Gateway Chapter of INCOSE. We are based in the St Louis region, from Rolla to the Metro East.

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National Defense Industrial Association's (NDIA) Top Recommendations on Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) Implementation

July 15, 2020, 5:00-6:00 PM CDT

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Having evolved over decades of what some would say were “missed opportunities”, the re-imagined Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) today can be defined as “an integrated business and technical strategy to achieve competitive and affordable acquisition and sustainment over the system life cycle”.  The technical objective in implementing this approach, mandated by Congress, is to ensure that systems are designed with highly cohesive, loosely coupled, and severable modules that can be competed separately and acquired from various, diverse suppliers.  Numerous diverse benefits and opportunities are afforded by MOSA to acquirers and suppliers alike, but there are also various risks to be considered as well.

This presentation will review specifics of the MOSA implementation recommendations developed and being released now in a white paper by the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Systems Engineering Architecture Committee. This committee, comprised of various members of the defense industry – including contractors, DoD, and the services, applied objectivity, insight, and lessons learned to deduce and inform each recommendation.  By using systems engineering principles to explore and understand the attributes of system modularity and openness, it will be explained what needs to be done today to achieve MOSA implementation success for stakeholders – once and for all.


President's note, February 2019

Kirk Kittell

Feb 15, 2019

In brief:

  1. SE Career Lifecycle event, Feb 28:
  2. INCOSE IW 2019 notes + working group participation survey:
  3. INCOSE at Boeing EWeek, Feb 20:

Hi all. Thanks to all who came out to the social on Jan 24. We had a dozen attendees, some new and some regular, out at Sports Cafe. We'll be back on April 24: In the meantime, here's what we've got on tap...

(1) Systems Engineering Career Lifecycle panel on Feb 28 at Ferguson Brewing Company. Registration is open (closes Feb 25):

We have five panelists w/ varying degrees of experience (grad student up to retired SE) who will answer lightning-round questions about their SE work and experience. The purpose of the event is to give attendees a map and network they can use to have a successful career in systems engineering. If you're a new SE, or somewhere in the middle like me, you'll get some insight about the path ahead. If you're more experienced, I invite you to participate and pass your wisdom on to others—there will be time in the panel for the audience to answer as well.

(2) INCOSE International Workshop 2019. The IW ( is an annual event that focuses on trending SE topics (like MBSE) and INCOSE operations (chapters and working groups). It's a great chance to meet other SEs from around the country and world, and to get a sense of what's coming next.

Six INCOSE-MGC members attended this year. Here are some notes about their experiences: The IW will be back in Torrance next January—you should attend.

Based on our attendees' feedback, we have identified five INCOSE working groups as being the most promising for our chapter's involvement. Please take survey and let us know which working groups you are most interested in: If there is sufficient interest we'll make one of the working groups our chapter's technical focus for the year.

(3) Boeing Engineers Week Opportunity Fair. INCOSE will have a booth at the fair on Feb 20 from 11:00-13:00 in Building 101: Stop by for a chance at some giveaways. Contact if you can help. Sorry, this one is limited to Boeing employees.

Thank you again for your time and participation. If you'd like to get more involved and help us run the chapter (promote events, organize a talk, write a newsletter article, etc.), get in touch. With your help we can provide more and better programs.

Take care, and see you at the next event,

President, INCOSE Midwest Gateway Chapter

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