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A Platform Across the Valley of Death: Tech Transition via Open Enterprise Information System Development

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Authors
Gunderson, Christopher R.
Subjects
Agile acquisition
network systems engineering
open system approach
OSA
service oriented architecture
net-ready key performance parameter
KPP
6212
netcentric
network centric
information centric
enterprise information system
Advisors
Date of Issue
2014-09
Date
September 2014
Publisher
Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
Language
Abstract
Achieving “Tech Transfer”, i.e. “an invention usefully adopted,” is difficult, particularly within the Defense Enterprise. The Defense acquisition system is designed to transition technology through a long serial process ill suited for Information Technology (IT). However, there is a successful commercial practice for transitioning IT called “Product Line Architecture” (PLA). PLA optimizes a specified open standard technical framework around specific, measurable, enterprise business objectives and streamlined process. There are no legal or technical barriers that prevent the Defense Enterprise from adapting PLA to leverage the IT marketplace for transition of information centric capabilities. However, several fundamental paradigm shifts in policies and perceptions are required, namely: specify open system approaches in context with measurable and testable business objectives, as part of procurement requirements i.e. Defense Enterprise PLA; virtualize inheritable security controls into open standard IT infrastructure; Base procurement award and performance incentives on demonstrated Validation and Verification (V&V) against value-based metrics, including for reuse of existing components and infrastructure; apply expert systems technologies -- per Computer Assisted Design (CAD), TurboTax, and workflow automation -- to automate the Enterprise Information System (EIS) design and compliance process; establish a persistent, distributed, “PlugTest” virtual environment based on Defense Enterprise PLA to implement and nurture eco-system per all the above; use the PlugTest environment to catalyze a COTS marketplace around Defense Enterprise IT requirements.
Type
Technical Report
Description
Series/Report No
Department
Information Sciences (IS)
Organization
Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence
Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
Identifiers
NPS Report Number
NPS-IS-14-006
Sponsors
John Snevely; Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence, 1400 Defense Pentagon,Washington, DC 20301
Funder
The Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence (OUSD(I))
Format
Citation
Distribution Statement
Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
Rights
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.