The next generation of defense agencies...live at Innovate 2013: The IBM Technical Summit
Sharing how defense agencies can stay ahead at Innovate with systems and IT is Tammy Kulesa, WW GTM Manager for Governments and Smarter Cities.
Systems are increasing in complexity, communications within defense agencies are getting more and more difficult. IT is critical to meeting the needs of the warfighter in the quality of weapon systems, platforms, and responsiveness.
With teams under so much pressure to react to changing theater needs quickly, communication and collaboration are even more crucial. Not only are there real time needs driving changes, but there are constraints and cuts are making life tough. Systems engineering in this constrained world requires tools that can get the job done!
This year at Innovate there are many excellent sessions discussing the next generation of the defense agencies.
Systems Engineering in the world of government contracting is riddled with constraints. Some of these constraints include working with multiple classification levels, Data Item Descriptions (DID), and of course the Department of Defense Architecture Framework (DoDAF). These constraints become harder to satisfy during this fiscally constrained time as budgets are reduced while expectations continue to increase. This presentation will cover how Rational products are being used to meet all contractual obligations while exceeding customer expectations for Systems Engineering in a fiscally and otherwise constrained environment. Additionally, some lessons learned, future challenges and potential strategies will be discussed.
The motivation to engineer and develop Mission Critical Systems warrants a process that has the potential to substantially improve chances of delivery of new systems with the desired functionality at reduced cost and schedule proj
MITRE will cover the architecture problems encountered by a Department of Navy System Command Program Executive Office (PEO) and its 5 projects. We brought our knowledge of Rational Software Architect, Team Concert and DOORS. All projects were imported into RSA using different methods based on the original architecture framework. RTC was used for model configuration management. A ?reference architecture? was developed, building a reusable model for all projects. A 6th project started by using the Reference model and assisted in reducing labor by reusing model elements. This also proved useful for shared assets because a change made by one project would reflect its effects in the shared asset(s). The reference model allowed assistance in development and oversight. Other items in RSA such as layering in were used. DoN has MITRE is briefing another PEO to repeat the same processes we have documented in an effort to extend the reference architecture across the entire System Command.
Loss of business and decreased profitability arise, among other things, from the inability of the vendors to come up with correct estimates of the Life Cycle Cost (LCC) of their products. Government customers are demanding to know the TCO figures as early as the RFP phase, and surprises during operation cause the products to be unused or replaced. In the emerging build & operate concept, overestimation leads to loss of tenders to competition and underestimation leads to direct losses.In this talk we will offer an analytical approach to estimate the impact of the early design decisions on the actual usage cost of a product by combining system and components models, smart optimization algorithms, analysis techniques, and operational data. This technology promises to allow accurate prediction of the true affordability of a system, helps make the correct design choices and allows the users to build their Smarter Infrastructure in the very beginning.
Flight management system is one of the most complex system in the avionics world. System and software engineers need tools to manage its complexity and allow a level of abstraction to make it understandable to engineers in every domain. CMC Electronics needed to develop a next generation of software-base FMS and anticipated that the level of complexity with a software-based FMS would be significantly higher than their legacy hardware-based FMS. CMC needed not only a new engineering process, but more importantly a new development platform that would allow them to address the level of complexity. CMC decided to prototype a model-based approach to software and system development using Rational Rhapsody and DOORS and was able to show efficiency in the process along with the ability to manage the increased complexity. The story continues to evolve as they begin to extend the platform to support safety concerns with DO-178C capabilities and look to expand it to a greater engineering team.