Systems architecting approach to towing and salvage ship recapitalization
Southworth, George T.
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Four salvage ships and four ocean-going towing ships are maintained and operated by the Military Sealift Command (MSC) for the U.S. Navy. In 2019, the first T-ATF ships will reach the end of their 40-year life expectancy. The program manager for these vessels has a set of top-level performance characteristics that are deemed as desirable requirements for a new ship class, encapsulating both legacy ship class capabilities. The DoD has shifted defense planning from the specific service requirements generated system (RGS) acquisition to the Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS) approach that focuses more on how adversaries fight rather than whom they are fighting. This thesis explores how to use systems architecting to incorporate the capabilities derived from strategic guidance into a Department of Defense Architecture Framework (DODAF) product. The design tool, CORE, is used to explain the architecting methodology and produce DODAF v1.5 system models for decision making and acquisition requirement generation.
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