DIGITAL TEST AND EVALUATION FOR NAVAL SYSTEMS

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Authors
Sulca, Henry N.
Subjects
digital engineering
test and evaluation
process improvement
systems engineering
model-based systems engineering
digital twin
digital thread
authoritative source of truth
digital tools
digital engineering ecosystem
digital T&E
naval systems
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Johnson, Bonnie W.
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2023-09
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Monterey, CA; Naval Postgraduate School
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Digital engineering is revolutionizing the field of systems engineering. The United States Navy is implementing digital engineering concepts and methods, including digital twins, digital threads, authoritative sources of truth, model-based systems engineering, and digital tools and technologies to design and build complex naval systems. This thesis explores the use of digital engineering for naval system test and evaluation (T&E). It provides an insightful examination of the current state of naval acquisition T&E, explaining associated challenges and limitations that underscore the need for a modern approach. It offers a comprehensive overview of digital engineering, illustrating its impact through several use cases within the Navy and across industry. It proposes a new concept: "digital T&E" as the application of digital engineering methods to the test and evaluation phase of systems engineering. This research reveals how digital T&E can be used to address and overcome present naval T&E challenges. It concludes with a proposed roadmap for implementing a digital T&E approach for the Navy. These insights aim to have practical implications for the naval T&E community, guiding the development of new strategies and policies that harness digital engineering to achieve improved performance and contribute to modernizing the traditional T&E process.
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Systems Engineering (SE)
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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