INCOSE Webinar: The Importance of Early Systems Engineering Activities and Associated Technical Products in Support of US Department of Defense Weapon Systems Development
Date: 20 Jan 2010
Time: 15:00 UTC
Presenter(s): Dr. Judith Dahmann
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Recent DoD lifecycle acquisition policy, signed by the Under Secretary of December for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics in late 2008 and updated in December 2010, puts added emphasis on the early phases of acquisition. These changes put new emphasis on systems engineering during the pre-Milestone A and B Phases, Materiel Solution Analysis and Technology Development. To address this, an assessment was conducted, supported by business process model development, to identify the critical activities during these phases with a focus on systems engineering activities and their relationship to critical decisions on program formulation. This presentation is based on a workshop conducted for program managers regarding systems engineering in early acquisition. It walks through Materiel Solution Analysis and Technology Development Phases, identifying key activities called out by the regulations and the implications for early systems engineering.
Dr. Judith Dahmann is a principal senior scientist in the MITRE Corporation Center for Acquisition and Systems Analysis supporting the Director of Systems Engineering within the US Department of Defense's Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, where she is the technical lead for systems engineering (SE) for systems of systems and for early SE. She led the development of the “Guide for Systems Engineering of Systems of Systems.” Prior to this, Dr. Dahmann was the Chief Scientist for the Defense Modeling and Simulation Office for the US Director of Defense Research and Engineering (1995-2000) where she led the development of the High Level Architecture, a general-purpose distributed software architecture for simulations, now an IEEE Standard (IEEE 1516). Dr. Dahmann holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Chatham College in Pittsburgh, PA with a year as a special student at Dartmouth College, a Master’s Degree from The University of Chicago and a Doctorate from Johns Hopkins University.
Recent DoD lifecycle acquisition policy, signed by the Under Secretary of December for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics in late 2008 and updated in December 2010, puts added emphasis on the early phases of acquisition.