Monday, 23 January 2012: 5:30 PM
Capability-Based Standards and Standardized Tools
Room 252/253 (New Orleans Convention Center )
A National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Task Force conducted an extensive study to identify those areas in DoD Systems Engineering requiring improvement. The NDIA Task Force identified five top Systems Engineering issues and challenges. 1. Key Systems Engineering practices known to be effective are not consistently applied across all phases of the program life cycle. 2. Insufficient Systems Engineering is applied early in the program life cycle, compromising the foundation for initial requirements and architecture development. 3. Requirements are not always well-managed, including the effective translation from capabilities statements into executable requirements to achieve successful acquisition programs. 4. The quantity and quality of Systems Engineering expertise is insufficient to meet the demands of the government and the defense industry. 5. Collaborative environments, including SE tools, are inadequate to effectively execute SE at the joint capability, System-of-Systems (SoS) and system levels. The S-102 Mission Assurance Standards Working Group (MASWG) partnered with Space Environment Technologies (SET) in a collaborative effort to use the S-102 Mission Assurance Standards to create a 10-volume set of SET Mission Assurance Command Media. Command Media are documented processes and procedures that a company approves its employees to utilize as standard business/engineering practices. In the absence of contractually specified practices, Command Media are treated as the default practices of the company, and customers are billed accordingly. SET's Command Media are fully compliant with the S-102 standards, and as such, are versatile enough to be applied in the development and operation of all four types of space/launch vehicle missions. The capability-based aspect of the S-102 standards ensures that SET's efforts to produce SR&QA artifacts will be commensurate with unit-value/criticality of the space/launch vehicle being developed. After building a sound foundation of S-102 compliant Mission Assurance Command Media for SET, the S-102 MASWG started collecting open source mission assurance tools. The main criteria used to select which open source tools should be recommended to SET is a high degree of capability to integrate and automate the pertinent mission assurance management, engineering, and testing practices that are needed to comply with specified industry-acknowledged standards or contractual requirements. This process provides effective mitigation for the five challenges identified by the NDIA Task Force in a cost-effective manner and is a path-breaking methodology for developing space weather operational systems' standards.