A Rationale and Framework for Establishing a Systems Engineering Community within the Department of the Army

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Authors
Clayton, Alan
Wiborg, Anders
Riva, Amie
Subjects
Systems-of-Systems
Systems Engineering, Army, system of systems, Army System of Systems Engineer (SoSE), training, personnel
Advisors
Date of Issue
2011-03-08
Date
08-Mar-11
Publisher
Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
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Abstract
Army acquisition programs are faced with increasing technical complexity and interdependence as most program products must integrate into a system of systems. The low quantity of systems engineers and the poor quality of systems engineering are credited as central to program failures. In an Army Systems Engineering Forum, the Army System of Systems Engineer (SoSE) asked what could be done to recruit, train, certify, and retain systems engineers. In this paper, we answer that question and identify that it cannot be ''fixed'' in isolation by addressing an Army culture that does not focus its efforts on training the personnel it already has. Quantity issues are not being addressed at the Service level with recruiting efforts. Organizations do not have formal collateral personnel exchange programs, yet many perform systems engineering functions. Training and certification gaps exist despite availability of training because personnel are not mandated to be certified to accept positions, in many cases. Systems engineering, although not blameless, is not the only issue. We also explore how the technical background of those who blame or want to fix systems engineering is an unbalanced perspective and omits the organizational issues and individual contributions of systems engineers and the other members of the program manager''s (PM) team.
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Report
Description
Sponsored Report (for Acquisition Research Program)
Department
Systems Engineering (SE)
Graduate Student
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NPS Report Number
NPS-SE-11-002
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Naval Postgraduate School Acquisition Research Program
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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.