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Midwest Gateway Chapter

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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Upcoming Chapter Events

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, March 2019

Kirk Kittell

Mar 15, 2019

In brief:

  1. SE Career and Professional Development, March 27:
  2. March 2019 survey:
  3. 2019-Q1 newsletter input:
  4. More upcoming events on April 10 and 25:

Hi all. Thanks to everyone who came out to the Systems Engineering Career Lifecycle event at Ferguson Brewing on Feb 28. We had more than 30 people attend to ask questions to our panelists. Big, huge thanks to Mary Malast, Matt Ingram, Kara Heimburger, and Shaun Mathews (with cameo appearance by Lou Pape) for serving on the panel. And—surprise—the tables got turned and the questioners became the questionees. We had a good time and met some new colleagues, and that's why you should come out to...

(1) Systems Engineering Career and Professional Development at SLU, March 27 at Sports Cafe. Register at Tickets are free, but there is only room for 30.

The SLU Center for Workforce and Organizational Development provides professional organizational and technology training for skill acquisition and certification credentials. For systems engineers looking for career skill enhancement, these courses provide PDUs necessary to maintain our Systems Engineering Professional certifications. Cheryl Roth will be our invited speaker to share what SLU offers and how their programs can be valuable additions to your professional portfolio. In addition to explaining what SLU offers, she will also teach you a few tangible skills about Python that you can take home with you.

(2) March 2019 survey: We've got one fun follow-up question from the Feb 28 event, and a few questions about upcoming INCOSE-MGC systems engineering education activities. We use this feedback to guide our programs—help us serve you better.

(3) 2019-Q1 newsletter input. INCOSE-MGC will publish our Q1 newsletter at the end of the month. We would love to have your input: write us an original article, tell us about upcoming events, share articles/books/etc. that other systems engineers should read. Get in touch with our Communications Director, Rob Simons, at

(4) More upcoming events:

As always, get in touch if you have feedback or ideas about chapter programs. All of our best ideas started with conversations with our chapter members. Once we know what you're interested in, it gives us a star to navigate by. (Or an identified stakeholder need, if you will.)

Take care, and see you at the next event,

President, INCOSE Midwest Gateway Chapter

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