Evolutionary capability delivery of Coast Guard manpower system
Skowron, Heather D.
Giachetti, Ronald E.
Aparicio, J. Marc
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The United States Coast Guard (CG) is currently using Microsoft products as the main means of completing Manpower Requirement Determinations (MRDs). This does not allow the CG to produce reliable, repeatable, and defendable determinations nor does it assist in meeting the 5-year evaluation cycle of 128 unit types. For the CG to ensure human capital decisions are scientifically based and become more efficient in MRD completion, the CG will transition to a MRD system that automates much of the process. To develop the system, this thesis argues and recommends the use of an Iterative Incremental Development (IID) process model to deliver capability in increments driven by schedule. The model consists of seven iterations with a six-month duration to complete all iteration activities. In addition, this thesis proposes a three-tier system’s architecture to act as a blueprint of the target system. The three-tier architecture consists of a data, application, and presentation layer. The results of this thesis is a process model and systems architecture that will guide the CG’s development team through development and acquisition of the system while enabling user feedback throughout the process and reducing risk.
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